BMW Built More M4 GTS Models Than Planned
More than 800 models of the M4 GTS were producedby Kirby Garlitos, on
Automakers overproducing special edition models is nothing new to the auto industry. It’s happened before and it’s going to continue to happen for as long as demand for these cars remain high. Besides, who really cares about a limited edition vehicle becoming slightly less limited, right?
That said, there are some exceptions, especially when it comes to models as sought after as the BMW M4 GTS. Apparently, members of the BimmerPost forum have been tracking the production of the high-performance M4 GTS based on actual VIN numbers of the cars that have already been produced. Based on the count, there are reportedly 803 units that were made of the sports car, not counting 27 more models that will be used for promotional purposes. That brings the total up to 830 models, 130 more than BMW initially intended.
A member of the forum even specified that the last non-U.S.-spec, left-hand drive M4 GTS model (VIN: K576992) was produced on October 27, 2016, while the last right-hand drive model (VIN: K577821) was produced on November 8, 2016. Finally, the last U.S.-spec model (VIN: K579111) was produced on November 28, 2016.
It’s unclear if BMW intended to overrun the production of the M4 GTS (likely) or there were some simple mistakes in counting (unlikely), what’s important is that there are more models to go around for buyers looking to score the souped-up version of the M4.
Interested buyers with deep pockets could also go online to look around different BMW dealerships all over the country that still have M4 GTS models with them. We counted 21 new or used models in Autotrader’s database, priced anywhere from $134,000 to $254,000. That tells us that there are still a handful of the 300 allocated units for the U.S. that are still looking for owners. Who knows, maybe you’ll be one of them.
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I have nothing against BMW deciding to build more M4 GTS models than it initially planned to. I’m a little surprised by it, but not entirely shocked given how popular the last M3 GTS was. BMW built more models of the new version and yet, it appears that the popularity hasn’t waned the least bit.
Don’t be surprised by it because the BMW M4 GTS was really built to be a performance maven. It packs 493 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque out of its 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine – an increase of 68 horses and 37 pound-feet of twist from the standard M4. Even with the extra power, the M4 GTS is lighter by around 200 pounds over the M4, and when you combine the increased power with the lighter weight, well, you know that you’re getting a faster car. The M4 GTS is certainly that, as it’s capable of sprinting to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds – 0.2 seconds quicker than the standard M4. The GTS also has a top speed of 190 mph, making it nearly 40 mph faster than the stock version.
Given that BMW only build 250 units of the previous GTS-badged M3, the 800-something units earmarked for the M4 GTS means that there’s more to go around for interested customers. There is one thing that’s still unclear about the additional M4 GTS models built: allocation. The 700 models were divided in such a way that the U.S. market received 300, followed by Germany with 80, Canada with 50, China with 15, and around 30 a piece in both Japan and the United Kingdom.
Here’s to hoping that these extra production runs of the M4 GTS will find their in the U.S. soon. If not, some customers could settle for second-hand models, provided that all the moving parts are still all in working condition.
Read our full review on the BMW M4 GTS here.