BMW M4 GTS testing?


Typically BMW holds back the special versions of M cars until fairly late in the model's life. Both E46 M3 CSL and E92 M3 GTS arrived a few years after the regular cars, and nothing was really expected of the new M3/M4 for a little while yet.

Does it come in orange?
Does it come in orange?
But here we are, just a couple of months after the F80/2 launch and there's an M4 at the Nordschleife with an M Performance front splitter, a GTS-aping rear spoiler and Recaro buckets. Oh, and what appears to be a fairly serious cage behind them. Tip of the hat to WorldCarFans, from where these pictures come.

So what on earth is it? Well the splitter and seats look identical to the MotoGP safety car which this M4 is purporting to be. But the spoiler hasn't been seen on the M4 previously and why would there be any need to disguise body parts on a safety car that has already been seen globally? Hmm.

It is widely believed a full CSL-style paring down of the M3/M4 isn't likely to happen but another GTS is more plausible. That too had the Recaros and a cage, with BMW keeping faith in the rather apologetic rear wing. So following the old GTS recipe we could expect a bit more power, a fraction less weight and lots of orange (possibly). As and when there's anything official you'll be the first to know!



[Source: WCF]

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  • cerb4.5lee 11 Sep 2014

    It will be interesting to see how the production model pans out as there are so many E46 CSL fans so a lighter more focussed model could do the trick nicely.

  • Staffy1984 11 Sep 2014

    Can we have those rear wheels as well? Preferably not in white, but they really suit the car IMO.

  • GTEYE 11 Sep 2014

    Interesting, looks rather promising.

    Despite everyone on PH professing to prefer the M3 saloon rather than the M4 Coupe, I've seen quite a few on the road now and ALL of them (other than the M3 demo cars in the dealers car park) were the M4 Coupe.

    I think it looks great, and this one potentially even better.

  • Leins 11 Sep 2014

    cerb4.5lee said:
    It will be interesting to see how the production model pans out as there are so many E46 CSL fans so a lighter more focussed model could do the trick nicely.
    Not sure what they could come up with though. The E46 was more about using lighter materials in places than just ditching superfluous items, so they're not exactly stripped out, but most of those tricks have since become standard on the M3/M4 e.g. the carbon roof. So other than replacing the heavy seats (are the seats in an M4 still heavy?), I'm not sure how much scope there would be?

  • zeduffman 11 Sep 2014

    Leins said:
    cerb4.5lee said:
    It will be interesting to see how the production model pans out as there are so many E46 CSL fans so a lighter more focussed model could do the trick nicely.
    Not sure what they could come up with though. The E46 was more about using lighter materials in places than just ditching superfluous items, so they're not exactly stripped out, but most of those tricks have since become standard on the M3/M4 e.g. the carbon roof. So other than replacing the heavy seats (are the seats in an M4 still heavy?), I'm not sure how much scope there would be?
    M2 CSL instead maybe?

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