BMW M GmbH has revealed the BMW Concept M4 GTS as part of Monterey Car Week. Built for road and track use, the special production model will be the first of its kind offered in the U.S.
“While the BMW M4 Coupe embodies the ideal combination of motor sport genes and unrestricted everyday usability, the BMW Concept M4 GTS previews an emotionally powerful and exclusive special model conceived with an eye for trailblazing technology and a keen focus on the race track,” Frank van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH, said in a release. “Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal. This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense.”
Concept car features that will make it over to production models later this year include water injection and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) taillights. The water injection system, used in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car, allows the engine to run more turbocharger boost pressure for more overall engine horsepower and torque. A fine mist of water injected into the intake plenums absorbs heat to significantly cool the intake airk, reducing the chance of engine knock. Power figures have yet to be revealed, though we've heard as much as 444 hp is possible -- up 30 hp from a stock M4.
Other BMW Concept M4 GTS bits include a manually adjustable front splitter and rear wing constructed from exposed carbon fiber. The add-ons are said to aid aerodynamic balance on the road and track. A larger front air intake increases airflow and reduces front axle lift. Additionally, the concept features a CFRP (carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic) hood to lower overall weight and the center of gravity.
The BMW Concept M4 GTS is finished in Frozen Dark Gray metallic paint with a contrasting Acid Orange accent on the front splitter. A set of 19x9.5-inch front and 20x10.5-inch rear wheels feature a matching Acid Orange accent. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires sized 265/35 R19 front, 285/30 R20 rear, respectively.
More details will be revealed at a later date.