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The New BMW M3 GTS - Web Exclusive

Nov 17, 2009

Ready for launch in the spring ’10, the BMW M3 GTS is here to give BMW drivers the ultimate car for power and performance. Unfortunately North America won’t be seeing this special model, much like how the CSL was. But the new M3 Coupe will be the ultimate car for clubsport events over in Europe with modifications to the drivetrain, suspension and the body of the car, as well as its interior. Don’t be surprised to see some of its goodness imported to the US in no time.

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The car was lightened to less than 3300 lb which include a rollcage and six-point harnesses.

Through its design and construction, the materials used and its special equipment, the BMW M3 GTS is a lightweight performer all the way, offering a genuine motorsport driving experience in every respect. In addition to the carbon fiber roof already featured as standard on the M3, weight is consistently optimized by features such as silencers made of titanium, a lightened center console and door linings, rear seat delete, automatic air conditioning and an audio system, as well as sound insulation tailored specifically to this model.

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The eight-cylinder power unit of the BMW M3 GTS enlarged to 4.4 liter and boosted in output to 450hp. A surge of ongoing power throughout a wide range of engine speed characterizes the outstanding performance of the V8 with its high-speed concept. The features typical of a motorsport engine include the crankcase made of a special aluminum-silicon alloy and constructed in bedplate design, individual throttle butterflies, anti-knock sensors with ion flow technology, and wet sump oil supply.

Power is transmitted by the M double-clutch gearbox with Drivelogic also available as an option on the regular production model. This seven-speed M DKG Drivelogic gearbox follows a principle also developed for motorsport, shifting gears without the slightest interruption of engine power. The transmission was developed specifically for a powerful high-speed engine.

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The gearshift characteristics on the seven-speed M DKG Drivelogic have been tailored specifically to the modified power unit of the BMW M3 GTS and the driver is able to shift gears both through the selector lever on the center console and through special M shift paddles on the steering wheel.

To convey the supreme power of the engine to the road in equally supreme style even under the most extreme conditions, the BMW M3 GTS comes with suspension technology likewise derived from the highest realms of motorsport. While the suspension is based on the front and rear axle of the M3, the rear axle subframe is bolted firmly in position and the suspension features adjustment threads on the dampers for individual variation of the inbound and rebound strokes.

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The brake system of the BMW M3 GTS features fixed calipers with six pistons up front and four pistons on the rear wheels. The race-oriented set-up of DSC Dynamic Stability Control naturally considers the supreme dynamic potential of the BMW M3 GTS.

To optimize the flow of air and adjust the car’s downforce as required, the GTS comes with a race-oriented front air dam and rear wing. This allows appropriate adjustment of the car’s aerodynamic qualities in motorsport and for other purposes, tailored to the specific profile of the respective track. The air guidance units on the front air dam, for example, may be varied in their geometry, just like the position of the rear wing based on the wing already featured on the BMW 320si raced in the World Touring Car Championship.

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Exterior features such as the BMW kidney grille and the gills at the side finished in chrome on the regular BMW M3 come in special dark eloxy-plated chrome on the BMW M3 GTS.

The interior of the BMW M3 GTS clearly reflects the focus on supreme performance and safety. The interior features include classic bucket seats, interior trim in carbon and an M steering wheel finished in alcantara. The door and side panels at the rear also come in alcantara, while six-point seat belts delivered with the car for subsequent use, a fire extinguisher and preparation for an emergency-off switch in motorsport round off the wide range of special features inside the car.

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