I’m not a big BMW buff by any means, and I’m not saying this because they are bad cars – I just prefer the other two Germans. I do like some of the older BMW’s and their M cars like the E60 M5 and the E46 M3, after that BMW started slipping with most of their line-up introducing some rather weird styling.
It’s safe to say that the 2016 BMW M4 GTS is a proper BMW that is worth all the hype, not because it looks good but because BMW started innovating again. The new 2016 BMW M4 GTS is the first car ever to have a water injected engine, as some of you may be familiar with the street race and high performance cars that include a water injection kit – The M4 GTS is the first production car to have the system straight from the factory showroom.
Don’t get your hopes up though, BMW confirmed only 300 units for the U.S. market and 300 units worldwide some of which might make it to the UAE BMW showrooms. Built by BMW M GmbH (high performance BMW division which brought us all these lovely M cars), the high-performance coupe brings enhanced track capability and technology firsts to a street car. Basically the system injects the intake tract with a fine mist spray of water – because water absorbs heat as it evaporates which lowers the intake temperature to be reduced which allows the turbos to run cooler on increased boost pressure and advanced ignition timing. It also helps reduce heat related stresses and knock on the engine components – all in all making for a great addition to just using the inter-cooler alone.
The 2016 BMW M4 GTS now makes the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter M Twinpower inline-six engine more powerful with 493 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque on tap, which is over 16% from the standard 425 hp and 406 lb-ft found in the M4 coupe. The 2016 BMW M4 GTS can hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, that’s 0.5 seconds faster than the 2015 BMW M4 coupe while fuel economy is said to be unchanged.
The beefy bits are suspension related with a three way adjustable coil-over suspension and a mechanically adjustable compression and rebound setting with the addition of an independent adjustment of low-speed and high-speed compression. Golden anti roll bars have been added to re-enforce the extra power load to the engine while the electric power steering system received mechanical and computer upgrades to adapt to track use.
New 19×9.5 inch wheels sit at the front while 20×10.5 inch wheels are out back, the rims are made of lightweight forged alloy and wrapped in incredible Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (Rear: 285/30 R20 – front: 265/35 R19) weight savings don’t stop at the wheels, the overall M4 weight has dropped down thanks to (CFRP) carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic roof (5.8kg or 13 pounds) a carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic hood (25 % lighter), a new lighter center console (30% lighter than the standard M4), lighter door panels (50% lighter), lighter titanium sport exhaust silencer (20 % lighter) a plastic trunk lid and a CFRP spoiler with CNC-milled aluminum supports. More carbon fiber bits are added to the rear apron spoiler, the adjustable front splutter, the instrument panel support and the CFRP driveshaft.
The interior is full of Alcantara, sportier GTS bucket seats, no more rear seats replaced with glass-fiber-reinforced plastic, while the door handles have been replaced with release pull loops. Other interesting elements include the first street-car BMW Organic Lights with OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) technology to improve lighting.