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BMW has today unveiled its latest M Motorsport concept, the lightweight, 335kw Inca Orange M3 GTS.

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Stripped bare, the M3 Coupe-based racer features a raft of weight-saving measures including plastic rear- and side-windows, lightweight body-contoured front seats and removed rear seats.

The concept, which will spawn a limited production run of street-ready vehicles, weighs in at about 1490 kilograms – a whopping 190kg less than the Coupe’s curb weight of 1680kg.

Air conditioning has also succumbed to the diet regime, as have the navigation and radio units.

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The M3 GTS’s drive train, however, is where much of the fun begins, with a purpose-built, 335kw 4.4-litre V8, up from the base Coupe’s 309kw 4.0-litre unit. The sole transmission available will be a specially adapted seven-speed M dual clutch system borrowed from the standard M3.

The distinctive Inka Orange paintwork is a homage to early BMW race cars, including the 1973 3.0 CSL seen here.

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Race-track ready, the M3 GTS concept includes a six-point seatbelt and roll-cage mounts. Exclusive 19-inch wheels with 255/35 tyres at the front and 285/30 at the rear house a fixed calliper brake system with six pistons the front and four at the rear. An adjustable front splitter and rear wing also reveal its race suitability.

The car’s spiritual predecessor, the highly lauded E46 M3 CSL, hit a Nürburgring lap time of 7:50. Pundits say the M3 GTS will reach a 7:40 time, putting it on-par with such heavyweights as the Porsche 997 Turbo and Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren.

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First deliveries of the M3 GTS are due to begin in Germany in May 2010, with a sticker price of €115,000 (about $190,000).  A BMW Australia spokesperson said that while it is not clear as yet whether the car would be available, they would love to offer it if there was sufficient customer interest.

Stay tuned for more details.

by Hayden Jose





  • Alan

    With the withdraw from F1, lack of competitor to R8/SLS, and the release of overweight monsters like X5/X6M and 5GT, it is good to see that someone in BMW still has the heart for a good driver’s car of the tradtional kind. With decent weightloss and power gain, this should be a good driver’s car.

    Would be perfect if they offered this with a 6 speed manual, but i guess DCT is the way forward for all manufacturers, and the tradtional manual is dying out as the choice of gearbox for sports cars (with the exception of the ever brilliant 911 GT3/GT3 RS). Also, I’m not a fan of that huge spoiler, looks too aftermarket for my liking. Wonder if they’ll offer a deletion option of that spoiler. Either way, this is by far my favourite of the current BMW range.

  • Mitch

    They should do this to the 1 series.

  • http://skyline The Salesman

    Alan,

    Heart of a good driver’s car is right. The traditionalist in me wants the fun of shifting through the cogs, their is no skill involved otherwise.
    Maybe we have to many designers and engineers from the play station generation.

    • Alan

      I agree that nothing beats a good old fashioned manual for driving fun, but seems like there’s ever more eletronics being put into modern sports cars. Perhaps that has something to do with the people buying them, rich people more interested in showing off than enjoying the drive, with something like 80-90% of all Ferrari sold with F1 gearbox nowadays. This is one reason I’m a big fan of Porsche, with every company putting in more eletronic gadgets to take the fun away from driving, the GT2/GT3 versions of 911 has so far stuck with manual and the option to switch off all eletronic nanny system.

      I think people like us are getting rarer with cars becoming more eletronic and less mechanical, pity as by the time I have saved enough money for a serious sports car, there won’t be any pure sports cars left.

      • http://skyline The Salesman

        You can not blame them for supplying the popular market. Its were the profit is. Someone probably said the same thing about automatic cars or cruise control and such.
        Soon I will have to ask my 7 year old how to start my car.

  • Baddass

    Those yellow headlights on the old BMW are vomit-inducing. And the whole retro BMW thing is getting kinda old.

    • Allergic one

      Yellow headlights were or still are a legal requirment in europe, they penetrate fog better.

  • Alex

    It needs to be better than the Cayman S. I really hope it is. That is the one big flaw with the standard M3: it may be a brilliant car and it may be much more practical, but it doesn’t drive nearly as well as the similarly priced Cayman S. It has more body roll and and it’s not as tidy. By the looks of this though, I’m sure it can give the Porsche a run for it’s money. It’ll be expensive though. And it does need a manual.

    • Bavarian Missile

      *Chomp chomp chew chew,gulp,there goes the Cayman S *

  • http://www.CarZ.com CarZ

    I agree this car would be perfect if they offered it in manual. But the young bucks of today don’t know how to handle manual vehicles. Gone are the good ole days of when good old fashioned manual was the way to go.

  • Neo Utopia

    Like it, like it, like it! BUT in a MANUAL! I am a generation y’er and play computer racing games but I think cars like this deserve to have both transmisions!

  • nesa

    i think it is time to start a ” save the Manual car” campain.
    Manual also save more fule so it is also greener!!!