BMW Concept M4 GTS
BMW Concept M4 GTS
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19th August, 2015
A year on from the launch of the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M Division has
presented an initial preview of a high-performance model for use on the road and, additionally, on the race track: the
BMW Concept M4 GTS.
The move sees BMW M Division once again returning to its roots. The BMW offshoot, founded in 1972 as BMW Motorsport
GmbH, not only thrilled car enthusiasts with its BMW M1 racing car, but developed the first turbocharged engine to win
the Formula One World Championship and was the force behind what remains the world’s most successful racing touring car –
the Group A BMW M3.
And so the new BMW Concept M4 GTS continues the tradition of BMW M3 special models already illuminated by the BMW M3
Evolution (1988), BMW M3 Sport Evolution (1990), BMW M3 GT (1995), BMW M3 CSL (2003), BMW M3 GTS (2010) and BMW M3 CRT
(2011). Technology honed in race competition, a hike in power, a commitment to lightweight design and limited production
numbers have ensured these examples of their type offer performance coupled with a powerful and exclusive driving
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“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,” explains Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division.
“Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal. This is racing technology for the road in the
The BMW Concept M4 GTS showcases new technologies destined to make their series production debut in a new model to be
unveiled at a later date. For example, the BMW Concept M4 GTS features the innovative water injection system that has
already provided a significant output and torque boost in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car. In addition, the BMW Concept M4
GTS has rear lights with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology that give the high-performance model a whole new
look when darkness falls.
The world premiere of the BMW Concept M4 GTS took place over the course of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
week-end in California on 13th August 2015, in the company of prize-winning sports cars from years gone by.
Optimised down to the finest detail
The BMW Concept M4 GTS builds on the BMW M4 Coupe’s dynamic and emotional use of forms. Yet its character as a
high-performance special model, in which every detail has been developed to fulfil its purpose as a successful track
machine, also comes immediately to the fore. The manually adjustable front splitter and rear wing – both in exposed
carbon – ensure perfect aerodynamic balance and allow the BMW Concept M4 GTS to be adapted for both individual race
tracks and for use on the road. Another example of the engineers’ rigorous adherence to lightweight design is the CFRP
(carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) bonnet, which lowers the car’s weight and centre of gravity further still. A wide
front air intake optimises airflow and minimises front axle lift.
The dynamic and exclusive presence of the BMW Concept M4 GTS is accentuated by the exterior paint shade Frozen Dark
Grey Metallic, with the Acid Orange accent on the front splitter making an effective contrast. The lightweight, forged
and polished light-alloy wheels in 666 M styling also feature an Acid Orange accent. The 9.5 J x 19 (front) and 10.5 J x
20 (rear) wheels are fitted with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres (265/35 R19 at the front, 285/30 R20 at the rear). The
mixed-size tyres provide the ideal conduit for the dynamic attributes of the BMW Concept M4 GTS.
Water injection: power up, full-load fuel consumption down
The engine powering the BMW Concept M4 GTS is equipped with the same innovative water injection system that has
endowed the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car with a noticeable increase in output and torque.
The water injection system introduced by BMW M Division sees the engineers using the physical effect of water when
vaporising to draw the required energy from the ambient medium. The water is injected into the plenums of the intake
manifold as a fine spray. When the water vaporises, the intake air cools significantly. As a result, the final
compression temperature in the combustion chamber – and therefore the engine’s tendency to “knock” – is reduced, enabling
the turbocharged engine to use higher boost pressure and earlier injection timing.
This technology ensures an increase in output and torque, while at the same time reducing the thermal stress on
performance-relevant components. All of which also enhances the stability and durability of the turbocharged engine. The
BMW Concept M4 GTS therefore brings high-performance technology directly from the race track to the road.
The strong performance potential of the turbocharged six-cylinder in-line engine already demands a thermal management
system for the engine and ancillary units. To ensure optimal operating temperatures in all situations, the M Division
engineers have developed a highly innovative and effective cooling system. It comprises a main radiator plus additional
radiators for the high- and low-temperature circuits, transmission and turbocharger in order to keep temperatures stable.
The turbochargers are cooled by means of an indirect intercooler, assisted by an additional electric water pump.
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OLED rear lights radiate ultra-high precision
The BMW Concept M4 GTS is fitted with innovative rear lights featuring OLED technology. OLEDs (organic light-emitting
diodes) are a new type of light source producing full-surface and homogenous illumination – in contrast to LEDs, which
emit light to a single point. Their low installation height of just 1.4 millimetres and the ability to actuate individual
light modules separately provide fresh design scope in lighting concepts. OLED technology enables extra flexibility and
forges an unmistakable appearance that signals exceptional precision.
OLED technology heralds a new era in light design and lighting concepts, and opens up new possibilities when it comes
to a characteristic and distinctive light signature for BMW models – both for their daytime driving lights and during the
hours of darkness.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.