BMW have a concept classic with M4GTS

FEW manufacturers can get fans’ adrenaline flowing like BMW can, and the Munich outfit has proved that once again with a concept version of the M4GTS which will be available for purchase.

Nearly a year on from the launch of the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW’s M Division has presented an initial preview of this high-performance model for use on the road and the race track.

BMW’s M Division, founded in 1972 as BMW Motorsport GmbH, not only caused a sensation with its iconic BMW M1 racing car, but provided the power for Nelson Piquet’s Brabham BT53 — the first turbocharged engine to win the Formula One World Championship — and was the force behind what remains the world’s most successful racing touring car, the Group A BMW M3.

The Concept M4 GTS continues the tradition of BMW M3 special models already illuminated by the likes of the BMW M3 Evolution (1988), BMW M3 GT (1995) and BMW M3 CRT (2011).

BMW says a combination of technology honed in race competition, a hike in power, a commitment to lightweight design and limited production numbers have ensured these machines offer unbeatable performance coupled with an emotionally powerful and exclusive driving experience.

“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,” explains Frank van Meel, president BMW M Division. “Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal. This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense.”

BMW maintains the M4 GTS showcases new technologies destined to make their series production debut in a new model to be unveiled at a later date.

Such technologies include an innovative water injection system that has already provided a significant output and torque boost in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car. In addition, it has rear lights with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology that give the model a whole new look in darkness.

Officially unveiled recently in America, the BMW Concept M4 GTS is said to build on the BMW M4 Coupe’s dynamic and emotional use of forms.

Stuff like the manually adjustable front splitter and rear wing ensures aerodynamic balance and allows the car to be adapted for both individual race tracks and for use on the road. Another example of the rigorous adherence to lightweight design is the CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) bonnet, which lowers the car’s weight and centre of gravity further still. A wide front air intake optimises airflow and minimises front axle lift.

The lightweight, forged and polished light-alloy wheels in 666 M styling also feature an Acid Orange accent. The 9.5 J x 19 (front) and 10.5 J x 20 (rear) wheels are fitted with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres (265/35 R19 at the front, 285/30 R20 at the rear).

We have no news about when BMW will make this car, but when they do it will become an instant nailed-on classic.


Frits Potgieter is General Manager with Muckross Park Hotel and Spa.You've Been Served: Frits Potgieter, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

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