WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The 2016 BMW M4 GTS, a high-performance version of the BMW M4 coupe, will begin arriving at BMW dealerships in the second quarter of this year, priced at $135,195, including a $995 destination charge.
BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc told Edmunds that this exclusive special-edition model will only be available to select customers via invitation.
Just 700 examples will be sold worldwide, with only 300 coming to the U.S.
After paying almost twice as much as the price of a standard 2016 BMW M4 — already a highly capable performer — the select group of buyers will enjoy a host of upgrades that boost the GTS version up to new levels of speed and handling.
To begin with, the M4 GTS gets a 16 percent power boost over the standard M4, courtesy of a tweaked, water-injected 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine that produces 493 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
That power plant, in conjunction with a 200-pound weight reduction — thanks to the generous use of aluminum and carbon fiber — propels the M4 GTS from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and a governed top speed of 189.5 mph.
A programmable seven-speed dual-clutch transmission helps get the power to the road with an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential, three-way adjustable coil-over suspension and a variety of driver-adjustable electronic assist features.
Lightweight, high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes are included — upgraded from those on the standard M4 — with gold-painted six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers with contrasting M logos.
Inside, the special edition features a unique M sports steering wheel, GTS badging and racing-style lightweight bucket seats covered in Alcantara. Further weight reduction is achieved by deleting the rear seat, replacing the conventional door handles with pull loops, and using lightweight materials on the door panels, center console and rear side panels.
Adding a bit of necessary weight to the interior of the M4 GTS is a roll bar made from high-strength steel and mounted behind the front seats. BMW notes that with its Acid Orange paint it's visible from outside and "signals the car's sense of purpose and racing intent."
The roll bar will undoubtedly be appreciated by those race-inclined owners brave enough to take their special-edition M4 GTS for a spin on the track.
Edmunds says: More car than you need? Don't rule out the standard BMW M4. It's a highly capable performance vehicle even without the GTS treatment.