BMW shows off new M4 GTS concept, and adds a new livery to its CSL Hommage R for the Pebble Beach concours
A new track-focused BMW M4 GTS concept car has been revealed ahead of its first public showing at the Pebble Beach concours this weekend. Although strictly labeled as a concept car, it’s likely to change very little before the full production model goes on sale early next year.
Although no power figures have been cited, BMW has been very open about the new technology used in the GTS. Water injection, which has the effect of lowering intake temperatures, will compliment a more efficient cooling system for the potent turbocharged six. These two things will allow the car to safely run higher boost pressures. Conservative estimates would put power output at around 460bhp.
Despite the added weight of extra radiators and water injection, the GTS has also gone on a diet elsewhere to shed a few KGs from the M4’s kerb weight. The bonnet is produced from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, while the 19-inch alloy wheels are light weight forged items.
The carbon rear spoiler is far from subtle, but is manually adjustable to allow keen drivers to alter the car’s aero on track. This is paired with a new carbon splitter up front, a wider air intake as well as all-round OLED lights.
This new model follows in the footsteps of many great ‘optimised’ BMW M3 models, including the E30 Sport Evos, E46 CSLs and the last generation GTS, of which the new GTS is said to draw much of its inspiration.
BMW has also wheeled out its CSL ‘Hommage R’ once again, however it’s now wearing a new IMSA CSL-inspired livery. This is to celebrate 40 years of BMW in the USA, as well as the CSL’s victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975.
The white paintwork and BMW Motorsport stripes are the most obvious external changes from when we first saw the car at Villa d’Este, but inside the car has been completely re-worked. It’s all about the driver – with a special high-tech racing suit and visor – relaying as much information about the track and any race data.
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