Teased at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in a menacing matte black with neon-orange accents, the BMW M4 GTS is officially coming to the United States as a street-legal road car. The German marque announced yesterday that only 700 of the special-edition M4s will be made, 300 of which will be allocated for the United States. The M4 GTS is 200 pounds lighter than the stock M4, thanks to aluminum and carbon fiber throughout, and it showcases two industry firsts for a production road car: a water-injection system and organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) taillights.
The innovative water-injection system injects a fine mist into the intake manifold’s plenum (a chamber that distributes air to the various cylinders), where it evaporates and naturally absorbs the heat in the surrounding air, thus lowering the intake temperature. This allows for a higher compression ratio and gives the turbochargers an additional boost of power that results in 493 hp and 442 ft lbs of torque (nearly 70 additional horses and 36 ft lbs more than the standard M4). Meanwhile, the razor-thin OLED taillights are visible without reflectors and use less power than current elements, producing a more efficient lighting system.
The M4 GTS is equipped with the same M TwinPower Turbo, 6-cylinder in-line engine as the standard M4, but the high-performance GTS vehicle can go from zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds (versus the standard M4’s 4.1 seconds). Other standout features include a three-way adjustable coilover suspension, manually adjustable shocks, and a 7-speed, double-clutch transmission that enables the coupe to shift gears without torque interruption. Pricing for the M4 GTS has not yet been announced. (bmwusa.com)