BMW brings superhot special M4 coupe to US – USA TODAY
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Americans are finally going to get a shot at owning one of Europe’s hottest sports coupes.
For the first time, BMW is going to bring one of the special performance versions of its already hot M4 to the U.S. In Europe, BMW has already made seven of these special performers spanning back to 1988, including both the M3 sedan and the M4 coupe.
Bringing one to the U.S. is no simple matter, given the emissions, safety and other requirements necessary for what, in the end, will be a relatively low-volume model. But BMW thinks the timing is right.
“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,” says Frank van Meel, chairman of the board of management in a statement. “Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal.”
M3 and M4 are performance versions of the 3 Series and 4 Series cars already so well known to up-and-coming stock brokers, medical school graduates and airline pilots. The special versions, like the BMW Concept M4 GTS revealed here at a reception ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, take perfornance to racing levels.
That means employing every possible tweak to lower weight, improve cornering and coax more power out of the engine.
There is, for instance, a manually adjustable front splitter and rear wing made of carbon fiber, along with a carbon fiber hood.
The engine uses a unique water injection system, a mist that cools down air going into the engine for a boost of up to 60 horsepower — and lots more torque.
It arrives on American shores by next year.