The BMW M4 GTS has made the transition from concept to reality, and we imagine many rich boy-racers are rejoicing. As if the regular M4 isn’t already powerful enough, this special, high-octane coupe packs 493 horsepower.
The M4 GTS is described as an “exclusive technological showpiece which elevates the potential of the BMW M4 Coupe to another impressive new level” and has the look and power to prove it. On the styling front, it features an aggressive aerodynamic body kit that adds a new hood and an adjustable front splitter and rear carbon fiber wing with CNC-machined aluminum mounts that are connected to the car’s carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) trunk lid.
Other highlights include LED headlights and OLED taillights (a first for any production vehicle), a carbon fiber diffuser, a titanium exhaust system and exclusive M light-alloy wheels wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
The interior is spruced-up with an Alcantara-wrapped sport steering wheel, carbon-fiber bucket seats upholstered in exclusive Alcantara / Merino leather, a lighter centre console and revised door trim with pull loops instead of regular handles. The rear seats have been replaced with a glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) shelf and a rear panel, both of which are covered in Alcantara.
There is an optional Clubsport Package that adds a six-point harness, an Acid Orange roll bar and a fire extinguisher.
Under the hood of the BMW M4 GTS is a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine equipped with water injection technology that produces the aforementioned 493-hp (500 PS), as well as a 442 lb-ft. (600 Nm) of torque. A seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) sends all that power to the rear wheels, allowing the German coupe to accelerate from 0 to 62 km/h (100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 189.5 mph (305 km/h).
Handling and stopping have been improved by an adjustable M coilover suspension and carbon ceramic brakes.
For some perspective on how fast it is in both a straight line and around the bends, BMW claims their high-octane sports car can lap the in famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in an impressive 7.28 minutes.
Production of the BMW M4 GTS will be limited to just 700 units so act fast if you want one. Prices start at 146,200 EUR in Germany and 121,700 GBP in the UK.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe Is A Super Sedan With 617 HP
It can hit 60 mph in a supercar-like three seconds flat.
The BMW 8 Series family has welcomed its final two members, the M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe Competition.
Despite offering nearly eight inches of additional rear shoulder room and more than seven inches of rear legroom, the two extra doors and stretched body make the M8 Gran Coupe just 185 pounds heavier than its two-door counterpart.
Power comes from the lineup’s familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbo S63 V8, tuned to produce 600 horsepower for the standard edition and 617 ponies for the Competition trim. Torque is rated at 553 pound-feet regardless of variant.
The V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the BMW M8 Gran Coupe to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.1 seconds, while the M8 Gran Coupe Competition matches the M8 coupe’s 3.0 seconds.
Top speed is electronically-limited at 155 mph (249 km/h) but can be increased to 190 mph (306 km/h) with the M Driver’s Package.
BMW has also announced the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition, a special build based on the Competition variant that pairs Individual Green Metallic paint and Goldbronze wheels and accents inspired by the M8 Gran Coupe concept vehicle.
It also gets unique 20-inch Forged M Star-Spoke wheels, while the interior features Ivory White/Tartufo Full Merino leather and a “First Edition 1/400” on the center console door.
Only 50 examples of the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition will be shipped to the U.S.
U.S. pricing for the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe starts at $130,995 and at $143,995 for the M8 Gran Coupe Competition, both including destination fees.
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.
Here’s A BMW X7 Pickup Truck You Can’t Have
It’s not April 1, so no jokes here. This car is very real, but you can’t buy one.
BMW has transformed its biggest SUV into a pickup truck, and it’s pretty cool.
Developed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the BMW X7 Pickup is a one-off concept that can carry five passengers and an F 850 GS motorcycle. The roof panel, rear door skins, and tailgate are made from carbon fiber to minimize weight, trimming 440 pounds off the X7 SUV’s weight despite being a four inches longer.
The truck bed is finished in fine-polished wood finish, while a height-adjustable two-level air suspension makes it easier to get things into it.
There are no mechanical changes. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that has been turbocharged to produce 340 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the four wheels. BMW didn’t publish towing capacity, or revealed the effect the pickup conversion has on performance.
The BMW X7 truck concept looks production-ready and could be an interesting addition to the BMW lineup, but the German automaker stresses it has no plans to build it. What a shame.