BMW Concept M4 GTS previewed at Pebble Beach

When BMW launched the M4 MotoGP safety car a while back it got car enthusiasts excited that there may very well be an even faster, hardcore BMW M4 in the pipeline. The MotoGP safety car featured an enhanced aero kit and a sporty livery which led us all to believe that it was a disguised M4 GTS.

Fast forward to today and here we have the BMW M4 GTS in concept form as BMW give us a preview of the high-performance, track-focused version of the current M4 Coupe.

The BMW Concept M4 GTS showcases new technologies and features that will make their series production debut in a new model, most likely the production M4 GTS which will be unveiled at a later date. Lets just hope that the wheels don’t make it to production.

One of the new technologies on the BMW Concept M4 GTS is the innovative water injection system that has already been used to provide a much improved output and torque boost in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car.

This feature uses water in the turbo system to cool the air which then allows the engine to run at greater compression and the turbos to run higher boost. It improves performance, economy and emissions.

There are no figures on the power output of the BMW Concept M4 GTS but BMW M Division president Frank van Meel did say at the launch of the M4 MotoGP safety car that the water injection system was providing an eight percent increase on the standard M4 engine.

While that brings the numbers up to around 470hp, van Meel also said that horsepower numbers starting with ‘5’ aren’t entirely unreasonable.

Another new feature on the BMW Concept M4 GTS are the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) rear lights that are said to give the high-performance model a whole new look when night falls.

Similar to LED/OLED technology in TVs, OLED technology provides a much improved, fuller illumination in comparison to LEDs.

The OLED technology has the ability to activate individual light modules separately to create a new design in lighting.

BMW aim to use OLED technology more in the future to create characteristic and distinctive daytime and nighttime light signatures for future BMW models.

BMW M Division President Frank van Meel stated: “While the BMW M4 Coupe embodies the ideal combination of motor sport genes and unrestricted everyday usability, the BMW Concept M4 GTS previews an emotionally powerful and exclusive special model conceived with an eye for trailblazing technology and a keen focus on the race track. This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense.”

The BMW Concept M4 GTS continues the tradition of special BMW M3 models following on from the 1988 BMW M3 Evolution, 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution, 1995 BMW M3 GT, 2003 BMW M3 CSL, 2010 BMW M3 GTS and the 2011 BMW M3 CRT.

The M4 GTS has no release date as of yet but with the M4 MotoGP safety car and now the Concept M4 GTS both being unveiled, it’s almost a given that the next time we see the track-focused M4 GTS will be at it’s world premiere at a future motor show.

By James Fothergill

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