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by Sam Rawlings

Australian pricing and details for the limited-edition 2017 BMW M4 GTS have been confirmed today, ahead of a local arrival set for September.

The BMW M4 GTS will be priced from $295,000 plus on-road costs – but don’t expect to be able to get your hands on one, with the company also confirming that all 25 units heading to Australia (out of 700 worldwide) have already been snapped up.

Unveiled last year ahead of its official debut at the Tokyo motor show, the M4 GTS was said to better the ‘standard’ M4 in a number of areas.

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“The BMW M4 GTS is a sports car radically designed for superior dynamics and breath-taking performance on the racetrack,” said Frank van Meel, chief executive officer of BMW M GmbH.

“This is our way of demonstrating what is possible with a road-legal vehicle today.”

The car was put through its paces last year as a safety car in the 2015 MotoGp season and is getting a similar run this year in German DTM races.

The M4 GTS uses the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine currently on offer in both the M3 and M4.

BMW has managed to extract an extra 51Kw of power and 50Nm of torque to give an overall power output of 368kW/600Nm, compared to 317kW/550Nm for the M4 and 331kW for the M4 Competition.

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The extra power is thanks, in part, to the addition of a water-injection system, designed to spray water into the air intake. BMW claims the system reduces combustion chamber temperatures by around 25 degrees Celsius.

The M4 GTS gains a number weight-saving changes as well. In addition to a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof – which is also used on the M3 and M4 – the GTS’ bonnet, rear diffuser, front splitter and rear spoiler have all been made from the lightweight material.

Thanks to the performance enhancements and as its weight-loss treatment, the GTS has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds (4.1 seconds for the standard M4) and a top speed of 305km/h.

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A titanium quad-exhaust system, carbon-ceramic brakes, lightweight alloy wheels, carbon-fibre race seats and removed rear seats all add to the weight-shedding efforts. In total, the GTS is 30kg lighter than its road-focussed little brother.

Though sold out, the options list for the GTS includes a road-legal Race Package as a no-cost extra, which includes a half roll-cage, six-point racing harness and a fire-extinguisher system. The standard inertia seatbelts have been retained for road-legal purposes.

The front splitter, rear spoiler and suspension can all be adjusted to suit the road or track.

Stopping power in the GTS is taken care of with the M Carbon Ceramic brakes, which feature six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston at the rear.

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The GTS is fitted with 19-inch front- and 20-inch rear-wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, sized at 265/35/ZR19 on the front and 285/30/ZR20 on the rear. Unique M Carbon Compound wheels can also be fitted at a cost of $21,560 including GST and LCT.

Styling highlights in the GTS include an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and centre-console, finished with Acid Orange accents throughout. The car is also fitted with organic LED tail lights.

Features highlights include

  • Navigation System Professional
  • Front and rear Park distance Control
  • M Head-Up Display
  • Air-conditioning
  • BMW Individual Instrument Panel finished in leather
  • Six-speaker stereo system with DAB+ Digital Radio Tuner
  • Alcantara/Merino leather upholstery
  • BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadowline
  • BMW Individual Headliner Anthracite
  • BMW ConnectedDrive Freedom
  • BMW TeleServices
  • BMW Intelligent Emergency Call
  • M Driver’s Package (increases top speed to 305km/h)
  • Instrument Cluster with extended contents
  • Hands-Free facility with USB interface
  • Rain sensor
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Alarm system
  • M multi-function steering wheel
  • Servotronic steering
  • Lights Package
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Organic LED tail lights
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • M Carbon Ceramic brakes
  • M three-way adjustable coilover suspension

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