The all-new 2016 BMW M4 GTS model is ready for launch at the upcoming 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Dubbed by BMW as its most ‘powerful, agile and radical M4 ever’, the new race car, the first production road car to feature a new water injection system, is expected to deliver higher power and have lesser weight and ready to take the market by storm.
The most appealing feature to be included in the 2016 BMW M4 GTS is the new water injection system. In this technology, heat from the surrounding air is absorbed by water, and consequently a fine mist gets sprayed in the intake manifold from where it evaporates. Thus the temperature of the intake air is lowered which in turn leads to the lowering of the compression temperature, thereby enabling the turbochargers work with improved boost pressure and spark timing.
The final result of this water injection system is the output of 493 horsepower and a peak torque of 442 pound-feet. Both these highs are achieved with the same 3L straight-6 twin turbo engines that are featured in the regular M4 models.
Another attraction of the new M4 GTS is the lowering of the weight by about 200 pounds through the use of carbon fiber and aluminum, right across the construction, resulting in a DIN curb weight of 3329 pounds, as against the 3530 pounds of the current inventory M4 model.
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic or CFRP is employed in the hood and driveshaft which contributes to the overall weight reduction. Moreover, the new center console is 30% lighter than the current M4 model. Rear seats and the racing buckets will not be available in the US models.
The 3-way M coilover suspension system featured in the new 2016 BMW M4 GTS coupled with new carbon ceramic brakes (fixed behind staggered tires and wheels) add to its capabilities. The front wheels feature 19 inch rollers wrapped around by 265/35-series Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, while the rear 20-inch wheels are wrapped in 285/30-series tires.
The taillights of the new GTS are expected to feature an innovative organic LED technology. The interior of the vehicle would be luxurious Alcantara and leather. Additionally, the new car will come with a fire extinguisher and a roll bar. The color options include Mineral Grey, Sapphire Black, Frozen Dark Grey and Alpine White.
The new M4 GTS will feature only the 7-speed, M DCT dual clutch transmission system. BMW claims that the treacherous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit was completed by this new M4 model in 7 minutes 28 seconds.