Club racer will be powered by a 450bhp, 324lb ft 4.4-litre V8 engine
28 May 2010

BMW has revealed the full technical specification for its new M3 GTS, which will reach UK showrooms early next year.

Powering the hardcore club racer is a heavily revised version of the M3’s 4.0-litre V8. It’s been increased in capacity to 4.4-litres. Power has been increased to 450bhp and torque is up to 324lb ft.

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The car can crack 0-62mph in 4.4sec and reach a top speed of 190mph. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a beefed up version of BMW’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The GTS now weighs 1530kg, more than 100kg less than the standard M3, thanks to extensive use carbonfibre and weight saving throughout, especially in the interior.

Underneath, the M3’s aluminum intensive MacPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension has been heavily revised with altered geometry and a rear sub-frame that bolts directly to the body.

Unsprung masses have also been reduced through the adoption of new 19-inch cast aluminium competition wheels shod with 255/35 ZR 19 (front) and 285/30 ZR 19 (rear) Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres.

Changes to the brakes see the single piston floating caliper units used on the standard M3 replaced by new fixed calipers with six pistons up front and four pistons at the rear.

The fixed rear wing is taken from BMW’s 320si WTCC racer and it, along with a new front splitter, improved the GTS’s aerodynamic performance.

It will only be available in the orange pictured here. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it is expected to cost in excess in £100,000 when it reaches UK showrooms from January 2011.

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28 May 2010

Good car no doubt, but should be lighter. It's 150kg heavier than the E46 CSL, and well, that colour is plain nasty. I guess it doesn't quite measure up to the GT3 RS because the 3-Series is primarily a sports/junior executive model, so there is always going to be a compromise in comparison to 911 in terms of outright sportiness. It's still probably a phenomenal car. Pity about the colour and that spoiler might look acceptable if this car was white with M-Power livery.

28 May 2010

It's STILL an M3, agree about the color it's not nice, how about a matt Black finish like the show car in China ?

Peter Cavellini.

28 May 2010

Personally, I'm not sold on the matte black finish, but it would be an improvement on this. Avus blue would be perfect. I think the blue M3 Edition with black alloys looks a lot better.

28 May 2010

Somehow I don't think looks are the primary concern for people who are purchasing this car.

28 May 2010

If you actually bothered to read the posts you'd see that a question concerning the car's aesthetics was posed.

28 May 2010

And if you'd bothered to think about mine you'd realize I was implying that talking about aesthetics is missing the point of the car. Don't be an arse when someone else voices their opinion.

29 May 2010

How about Phoenix Yellow Mettalic?, my last M3 was this color, it looked really great.

Peter Cavellini.

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