Earlier this week we talked about BMW’s intentions of introducing two concepts at Pebble Beach on August 13 at BMW Villa and now we have some unconfirmed details about the cars in question. It seems the first one will be an updated variant of the 3.0 CSL Hommage exhibited several months ago at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
More importantly, the other concept is believed to serve as a sneak preview for the M4 GTS due to go on sale in 2016. It will apparently be a “thinly disguised” version of the road-going car which should take many cues from the rather spectacular M4 MotoGP safety car (2015 specification). This means we should expect to see a more aerodynamic and aggressive body, bespoke wheels, larger brakes and other similar tweaks.
Under the hood will be an evolution of the TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine that will likely benefit from a water injection system which should boost power from the standard 431 bhp to somewhere in the region of 467 bhp. There’s no word about the torque figure just yet, but rest assure it will be significantly higher than the 550 Nm provided by a stock M4 Coupe.
It’s not known at this point whether the BMW M4 GTS will be a limited-run edition or it will be offered as a regular production model. Reports are indicating it will come with several weight-saving measures, including the removal of the rear seats, in an attempt to shave off as much as 100 kg. Customers will allegedly have to choose from only three body paints and at an additional cost there is going to be an optional roll cage for increased stability during high-speed cornering on a track.
It will be interesting to see whether BMW will offer the M4 GTS with a 6-speed manual and/or the 7-speed DCT. Hopefully the manual transmission is going to be available for the delight of purists who feel more connected to the car when changing gears manually.
Source: Autocar UK