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2010 BMW M3 GTS

2010 BMW M3 GTS rear spoiler

2010 BMW M3 GTS rear bumper

2010 BMW M3 GTS seats

2010 BMW M3 GTS interior

2010 BMW M3 GTS wheel

Year (of specifications) 2010
Engine 4.4 litre V8
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 450 horsepower (estimated)
weight 1490 kg / 3285 lbs

The BMW M3 has always been the benchmark German uber-coupe against which all newcomers to the segment are tested. Well BMW has just upped the ante a little bit more with this, the BMW M3 GTS.

Previous generation ultra M3's have usually been given the CSL moniker - aside from the M3 GTR (E46) model. But for this generation of M3 the company has decided to try out the GTS badge.

The prototype model of the M3 GTS was revealed wearing a shockingly bright shade of orange which is reminiscent of the gaudy colors Porsche sometimes assaults their GT3 and GT2 models with. This is bold color is actually quite nicely complimented with a range of matt black elements which fit the car very well indeed.

Up front is a large adjustable splitter to help control the oncoming airflow and route it neatly through the grille and beneath the car. At the rear an adjustable race-like spoiler has been fitted and given the same matt black treatment. Helping vent the exhaust gases is a new titanium rear silencer which not only enhances the sound of the V8, it also helps reduce weight.

Weight reduction - especially up high where it has the greatest negative effect on handling - has been one of the overriding aims of the engineers developing the M3 GTS. This has resulted in the car being fitted with a carbon fiber roof - just like the old CSLs. Insulation and sound deadening has also been kept to a bare minimum and the rear windows are made from Macrolon instead of glass. The air conditioning, navigation unit, and entire rear seat have also been deleted in order to reduce weight, and allow room for a roll cage.

The 19" wheels with 225/35 tires at the front and 285/30 at the rear almost completely fill the wheel arches. Hidden behind these are uprated brakes which feature six-piston calipers up front, and four-piston calipers at the rear. Peer even further into the wheel arch and you'll spot the yellow springs with a small M logo. These units are adjustable for both compression and rebound.

Aside from the removal of some of the creature comforts the interior of the M3 GTS also features new lightweight sports seats, 6-point harnesses, a fire extinguisher and a battery master switch/emergency shutoff switch.

Powering the M3 GTS is a 4.4 litre V8 which offers up around 450 horsepower. A 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with adapted shift characteristics sends the power to the rear wheels.


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Source: BMW M Power


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