Now BMW has thrown another spanner in the works with a GTS version of its flagship 3 Series-based, performance car. Here are seven things you need to know about the GTS:
- It’s more powerful - The car has been given a boost, literally, in the form of a water injection system, which allows BMW to get a claimed 368kW/600Nm from the 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six. The system works by injecting water, as a fine spray, into the intake manifold plenum chamber, where it evaporates and lowers the temperature of the intake air. This reduces the final compression temperature in the combustion chamber, which also reduces the risk of knock, allowing for more boost pressure and earlier spark timing;
- It’s faster - Claimed 0-100km/h time for the GTS is 3.8 seconds, while the top speed is 305km/h;
- It’s lighter - The new model is more track-focused and as we know, a track focused car must be lighter and the GTS is, with a kerb weight of 1 585kg. The weight-saving was achieved by using carbon-fibre bucket seats, lightweight doors, a newly designed carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) bonnet as well as a titanium exhaust system, to name a few;
- It has new Track Day goodies - The car comes with new alloy wheels, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, a three-way M adjustable coilover suspension and carbon ceramic brakes;
- It has blitzed the Nürburgring - The GTS is claimed to have set a lap time of seven minutes, 28 seconds around the famous Green Hell, which is the same times as the McLaren MP4-12C, to put things in perspective;
- It’s limited - BMW will only produce 700 of these machines worldwide, as the BMW M division celebrates 30 years since the original BMW M3 was released;
- It is coming to SA - It has been confirmed that this model will reach local shores in limited numbers near the middle of next year.
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