More power, less weight and fully track ready

New Zealand has achieved the highest per-head-of-population pick up of an ultra-hard edition of BMW’s performance coupe. But that still only equates to three cars.


THEY might now call it the 4-Series, but ‘three’ is still the prime number in respect to the New Zealand allocation of an extra-searing two-door BMW.

The Auckland-based distributor has confirmed to Motoring Network that three examples of the hottest ever M4 will be made available here.

Limited to a global build of just 700 units, the M4 GTS model has only just been unveiled and won’t be available to its buyers until the second half of 2016.

While pricing has yet to be signed off, it is also a premium product, with an estimated price tag of $300,000 – a significant uplift over the $169,500 M4 Coupe from which it is derived.

BMW New Zealand corporate communications manager Ed Finn doubts this sticker will dissuade brand fans.

Even assuming that this kind of product will only be attractive to those who take their track time very seriously, he imagines an allocation that is world-best in per head of population terms will very likely be accounted for long before the car arrives. In fact, he believes several people have already sought to place substantial payments already to reserve a car.

The main draw of the M4 GTS is its potency. It delivers an incredible 368kW power output but no less than 600Nm of torque thanks to its water-injected twin-turbo six. This allows 0-100kmh in a supercar-rivalling 3.8 seconds and a 300kmh-plus top speed. The power goes through a seven-speed DCT, the only transmission offered.

On top of this, at 1510 kilograms the GTS is more than 90kg lighter than the M4. The other more obvious point of difference is that it adopts, as the photos show, aerodynamic features ideally suited for serious speed and traction.

The signature add-on is that huge, adjustable and – yes, rather boy racer - wing sitting atop the boot lid. Whether drivers will know what to do with it remains to be seen. Same goes for the adjustable carbon fibre splitter jutting out at the front and just begging for kerb damage.

The weight loss is down to extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics in body parts and interior pieces, ditching the rear seats, using a titanium muffler, and even replacing the interior door handles with straps to lighten the load.

At the rear, the tail lights now have neon-like “organic” LEDs, the first use of the technology on any BMW. Carbon ceramic brakes and adjustable coilover suspension are standard, and an optional ‘Clubsport Package’ – a name that might rile Holden Special Vehicles - adds a roll bar, six-point safety harnesses and a fire extinguisher.