M4 GTS: the most extreme M ever

Written by Daniel Andzhurov - July 11, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

For the M3's 30th birthday, BMW released the 500-hp M4 GTS in 2016 – limited to 700 units, a racing car with permission to drive on normal roads. The goal was clear: to let everyone see what the M4 is capable of and to make the colleagues from Zuffenhausen (Porsche) and Affalterbach (Mercedes-Benz) angry.

At the Nordschleife, BMW’s head of development and racing driver Jörg Weidinger managed to achieve an incredible 7:28 minutes. 23 seconds faster than the M3 GTS, and only 2 seconds slower than the current 911 GT3.

Biturbo in-line 6-cylinder unit with 500 hp.

Special features? 500-hp biturbo inline 6-cylinder water-cooled engine, adjustable front splitter and rear wing, carbon front hood, alloy wheels with sports tires, adjustable suspension, titanium exhaust system, and more.

It also reached the super test on the Sachsenring circuit in Germany where a dream lap of 1:33.17 minutes was achieved. That is four seconds faster than the base M4 and two-tenths slower than the GT3! Manageability? Extremely precise and at the same time casual, strongly butt-oriented, and yet very engaging.

Technical data: BMW M4 GTS

Engine: R6, biturbo

Working volume: 2979 cm3

Power: 368 kW (500 hp) at 6250 rpm

Max. torque: 600 Nm at 4000-5500 rpm

Drive: rear-wheel, 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission

Net weight: 1510 kg

0–100 km/h: 3.8 sec

Max. speed: 305 km/h

Fuel consumption: 8.5l/100km

Auto Trendy’s take:

BMW has always been a capable maker of quick and dynamic sports cars, and the M4 GTS is nothing short of a beast. Getting as close to times of the Porsche 911 GT3 is proving not only engine and power capabilities, but also an overall dynamic and manageability of the vehicle. For the owner and driver of this machine, that would mean a great driving experience. Finally, the successor M4 CSL is on its way and it will be even faster. But will it be as radical as the GTS? We can only hope!