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BMW revealed today the official details on the M3 GTS. The car features a orange exterior color with numerous matte black applications.

The car is fitted with a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with adapted shift characteristics. But an absolute highlight is to be found under the bonnet. Exclusively for the BMW M3 GTS, the engine builders of BMW M - recent winners of the Engine of the Year Award once again - have developed a power unit based on the M high-performance engine of the current BMW M3: with a capacity of 4.4 liters and an output of some 450 bhp, it will catapult the light BMW M3 GTS into a whole new sphere. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4,4 seconds, and top speed will go up to 189 mph.

The M3 GTS sits on 19-inch wheels with ample 225/35 tires at the front and 285/30 at the rear. The car only weighs 1490 kilos thanks to the use of lightweight parts in the interior, the use of Macrolon for the car’s windows in the back, and the lack of air conditioning, navigation and radio. Of course the missing rear seat also helps get the scales down.

UPDATE 07/13/2010: BMW has just unveiled five new videos of the M3 GTS and if you like the purring sounds of a car as it burns rubber then we suggest you click here, take a seat, and enjoy the ride!

Updated 12/06/2010: We have just added more than 50 high res images to our picture gallery. Enjoy!

Press release and teaser video after the jump, as well as full specifications.

Press release

BMW M GmbH now offers a truly outstanding performer based on the BMW M3 Coupé also ideal for Clubsport events – exactly the right car for the truly discerning customer demanding the very utmost in terms of power and performance. The BMW M3 GTS is largely hand-built by the most skilled craftsmen at BMW M GmbH as a perfectly harmonised package of outstanding modifications, with production exclusively to the customer’s personal order. Focused on motorsport, the modifications comprise both the drivetrain, the suspension and the body of the car, as well as its interior. Market launch of the

BMW M3 GTS will be in spring 2010.

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Offering this truly exclusive model for the genuine motorsport enthusiast, BMW M GmbH is continuing a great tradition introduced on former generations of the BMW M3. Once again, the outstanding sports potential of the BMW M3 is being consistently enhanced and upgraded to an even higher level, the customer benefiting from the Company’s wide range of know-how in the development and production of racing cars. Through its race-oriented modifications enhancing both performance and safety, the BMW M3 GTS is ready to go in Clubsport events on the track and comes with the option for homologation on the road. So that the driver is able to make his way to the race track in the very same car he will use for racing. 

Consistent lightweight technology.

 Consistent lightweight construction, adjustable aerodynamic units, an increase in engine size and output on the V8 high-speed power unit and suspension technology meeting all the requirements of motorsport – all this gives the BMW M3 GTS a top position among high-performance cars built for Clubsport racing. Unladen weight according to the DIN standard is less than 1,500 kg (3,300 lb), the lightweight body comes with special mounts for six-point seat belts and a rollcage fitted behind the B-pillar. 

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Through its design and construction, the materials used and its special equipment, the BMW M3 GTS is a lightweight performer all the way, offering a genuine motorsport driving experience in every respect. In addition to the carbon fibre roof already featured as standard on the BMW M3, weight is consistently optimised by features such as silencers made of titanium, the extra-light centre console and door linings, the omission of rear seats, automatic air conditioning and an audio system, as well as sound insulation tailored specifically to this very special model.

V8 high-speed power unit: derived from motorsport, optimised for motorsport. 

 The eight-cylinder power unit of the BMW M3 GTS enlarged in size to 4.4 litres and boosted in output to some 450 hp boasts construction principles and technical details carried over directly from motorsport. A supreme surge of ongoing power throughout a wide range of engine speed characterises the outstanding performance of the V8 with its high-speed concept. The features typical of a motorsport engine include the crankcase made of a special aluminium-silicon alloy and constructed in bedplate design, individual throttle butterflies, anti-knock sensors with ion flow technology, and, wet sump oil supply optimised for supreme driving dynamics.

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Seven-speed M DKG Drivelogic with race-bred gearshift. 

 Power is transmitted in the BMW M3 GTS by the M double-clutch gearbox with Drivelogic also available as an option on the regular production model. This seven-speed M DKG Drivelogic gearbox follows a principle also developed for motorsport, shifting gears without the slightest interruption of engine power. The transmission was developed specifically for a particularly powerful high-speed engine and offers ideal qualities for truly dynamic acceleration at all times. The gearshift characteristics on the seven-speed M DKG Drivelogic have been tailored specifically to the modified power unit of the BMW M3 GTS and the driver is able to shift gears both through the selector lever on the centre console and through special M shift paddles on the steering wheel. 

High-performance suspension with purpose-built brakes.

 To convey the supreme power of the engine to the road in equally supreme style even under the most extreme conditions, the BMW M3 GTS comes with suspension technology likewise derived from the highest realms of motorsport. While the suspension is based on the front and rear axle of the BMW M3 Coupé, the rear axle subframe is bolted firmly in position and the suspension features adjustment threads on the dampers for individual variation of the inbound and rebound strokes.

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The high-performance brake system of the BMW M3 GTS features fixed callipers with six pistons up front and four pistons on the rear wheels. The race-oriented set-up of DSC Dynamic Stability Control naturally considers the supreme dynamic potential of the BMW M3 GTS. Different-sized tyres front and rear running on 19-inch M light-alloy Competition rims in double-spoke design ensure optimum transmission of acceleration and brake forces to the road. 

Aerodynamics: optimised components with variable geometry.

 To optimise the flow of air and adjust the car’s downforce as required, the BMW M3 GTS comes with a race-oriented front air dam and rear wing. This allows appropriate adjustment of the car’s aerodynamic qualities in motorsport and for other purposes, tailored to the specific profile of the respective track. The air guidance units on the front air dam, for example, may be varied in their geometry, just like the position of the rear wing based on the wing already featured on the BMW 320si raced in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship.

Exterior features such as the BMW kidney grille and the gills at the side finished in chrome on the regular BMW M3 come in special dark eloxy-plated chrome on the BMW M3 GTS.

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Special interior for supreme performance and safety. 

 The interior of the BMW M3 GTS clearly reflects the focus on supreme performance and safety on the race track. The interior features include classic bucket seats, interior trim in carbon and an M steering wheel finished in alcantara. The door and side panels at the rear also come in alcantara, while six-point seat belts delivered with the car for subsequent use, a fire extinguisher and preparation for an emergency-off switch in motorsport round off the wide range of special features inside the car.



  • Number of doors/seats 2 / 2   
  • Length/Width/Height (unladen) mm 4645 / 1804 / 1387   
  • Wheelbase mm  2760   
  • Track front/rear mm 1546 / 1539   
  • Turning cycle m  11.9   
  • Tank capacity appr ltr 63   
  • Cooling system incl. heating ltr 11-4   
  • Engine oil3) ltr 8.8   
  • Weight, unladen, to DIN/EU kg  1530 / 1605    
  • Max load to DIN  kg 350
  • Max perm weight, overall kg 1880   
  • Max perm axle load front/rear kg 950 / 980   
  • Max perm trailer load (12 %)
  • braked/unbraked  kg – / –   
  • Perm roof load/trail download kg – / –   
  • Luggage capacity l 430   
  • Air resistance  cd x A  0.34 x 2.17   


  • Config/no of cyls/valves V / 8 / 4   
  • Engine technology High-revving concept with individual throttle valves,
  • Bi-Vanos, dynamically optimised oil supply and
  • ionic-current knock control   
  • Capacity cc 4361   
  • Stroke/bore mm  82.0 / 92.0   
  • Compression ratio :1  12.0   
  • Fuel grade at least RON 95   
  • Max output kW/bhp  331 / 450   
  • at  min–1 8300   
  • Max torque Nm  440   
  • at min–1 3750   

Electrical system  

  • Battery/installation Ah/– 70 / luggage comp   
  • Alternator A/W 180 / 2520   

Driving dynamics and safety  

  • Suspension, front Aluminium double-joint spring-strut suspension with tension rod; small, positive steering scrub radius; traverse force compensation; anti-dive, coilover suspension with dampers independently variable in compression and rebound travel, variable wheel camber
  • Suspension, rear Lightweight five-link rear suspension with anti-squat and anti-dive, rigid rear-axle support, coilover suspension with dampers independently variable in compression and rebound travel, variable wheel camber
  • Brakes, front Six-piston fixed-calliper compound disc brakes
  • Diameter mm 378 x 32, vented and perforated
  • Brakes, rear Four-piston fixed-calliper compound disc brakes
  • Diameter mm 380 x 28, vented and perforated


  • Driving stability systems   


  • Fitted as standard: DSC incl. ABS and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC Cornering Brake Control, DBC Dynamic Brake Control, rain brake support,
  • fading compensation, hill-start assistant, variable M differential lock, Electronic Damper Control

Safety features   

  • Fitted as standard: Airbags for driver and front seat passenger, side airbags for driver and front seat passenger, head airbags, three-point automatic belts with belt stoppers, pretensioners and belt-force limiters, crash sensors,
  • tyre defect indicator, firmly bolted roll bar with fastening points for optional roll cage and additionally supplied six-point safety belts for driver and front seat passenger
  • Steering Rack-and-pinion hydraulic steering
  • with Servotronic function
  • Overall steering transmission  :1  12.5   
  • Tyres front/rear 255/35 ZR19 /
  • 285/30 ZR19  
  • Wheels front/rear 9J x 19 LM /
  • 10J x 19 LM  

Type 7-speed M Dual Clutch Drivelogic transmission
Gear ratios  I  :1  4.780  
   II  :1  3.056  
   III  :1  2.153  
   IV  :1  1.678  
   V  :1  1.390  
   VI  :1  1.203  
   VII  :1  1.000  
   R  :1  4.454  
Final drive  :1  3.154  

  • Power-to-weight ratio  kg/kW  4.6  
  • Output per litre kW/ltr  75.9  
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h  s 4.4  
  •   0–1000 m  s  22.5  
  • Top speed km/h  305  
  • Fuel con in the EU cycle    
  • Urban  ltr/100km  18.4  
  • Extra-urban  ltr/100km  9.3  
  • Composite  ltr/100km  12.7  
  • CO2  g/km  295  
  • Emission classification   EU5 
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  (428) posted on 11.17.2011

I never thought that color orange could bring an elegant look on a vehicle. Well, it really looks so great on this GTS, but I’m not so impressed with the style and detailing that this car had.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

BMW M3 GTS is absolutely looks great on its body paint and it really looks so cool on that, even the wheels of it, is only adds more appeal on this one.

  (314) posted on 08.11.2011

I would love the M3 series over this car! The design of the current vehicle Is much better compare to this one! BTW, it seems faster in terms of 0-60 mph.

  (570) posted on 08.11.2011

Well, its a great thing that they have an impressive upgrade on its engine performance. With the specs of the car I bet it will be a reliable vehicle.

  (714) posted on 05.25.2011

The car looks great in its color and the figure performance is great as well. However, I just wonder who is the direct competitor of this ca if any?

  (409) posted on 05.25.2011

Aesthetically, it looks so great especially the paint job! And its a good thing that its in M package that’s why the car is extremely gorgeous! However, its less to be considered since there is a newer production.

  (449) posted on 05.4.2011

I really like this version, its sporty and aggressive look will definitely makes you
want to buy one. However, I hope that BMW would be successful in making a lightweight
version for the M3 GTS.

  (358) posted on 03.18.2011

Nice! I like the modified version in the exterior of GT3! The design looks so cool in that orange paint and it’s a good thing that they maintain the lightweight of this car though I think they didn’t do much upgrade on the engine!

  (211) posted on 02.2.2011

M3′s are a wonderful balance of power, handling and braking. We kept a 2005 M3 at work for driver training and I’ve been lucky enough to spend many hours in it on the track.

  (528) posted on 02.1.2011

I wonder how fast the GTS is around the track as compare to the normal M3.

  (797) posted on 02.1.2011

There’s something very ungainly about the 3 Series coupe, no matter which iteration. It’s too big, too heavy, the profile is clunky and the juncture of various lines is awkward at best. Hope the next generation in 2012 is better.

  (427) posted on 01.30.2011

The DCT transmission doesn’t weigh 419lbs more than the manual. The vast improvement vs. the SMG is one is a dual clutch, the other a single.

  (797) posted on 12.9.2010

I love the way this car looks and the idea of owning the ultimate M3 is cool, this is in the same class as ultra-tuned Camaros and Mustangs... just not really worth the price except for wealthy fanboys of whatever the car in question is...

  (460) posted on 12.9.2010

I doubt any improvement is worth $100k MORE than the price of the regular model. I love the way this car looks and the idea of owning the ultimate M3 is cool, this is in the same class as ultra-tuned Camaros and Mustangs... just not really worth the price except for wealthy fanboys of whatever the car in question is.

  (433) posted on 12.8.2010

Wow, this thing is such a RIP-OFF that it makes Lexus LFA look like a great deal.It’s funny the amount of Corvette/911 vs GTR comparisons made on here, but none about M3 vs GTR. This thing costs what, nearly TWICE of a GTR? LOL.Both are two door coupes with smallish rear seats.

  (701) posted on 12.8.2010

Designed for the track as well as the street, the M3 GTS is equipped with an adjustable suspension and a fixed rear subframe.

  (648) posted on 12.7.2010

well the new proposed design of the m3 is far more greater, lets just hope that they’ll also create a GTS model out of it.

  (406) posted on 12.7.2010

This is my favorite M3 that’s been produced...I always think they’re for the young rich kids but this one changed my mind...nice!

adrian  (90) posted on 12.7.2010

That is a awesome car. I not too crazy about the orange color, but the color combination and the fact that it has only two colors, is great, I probably would of used another color as main but still, a good car. And this is is how I’m trying to say how cool is this car. However not too crazy about the BMW drivers, lots of accidents with these cool cars... true fact is that those cars I have seen, most of them were older than 15 years....

adrian  (937) posted on 12.6.2010

I wonder how fast the GTS is around the ’track’ as compared to the normal M3.

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