Previewed in concept form at Monterey Car Week, the 2016 BMW M4 GTS has been approved for production with this higher performance M4 bound for America next spring. As BMW promised, "the most agile, radical and powerful M4 ever" also will be the first M car to benefit from the firm's power-boosting water-injection, a feature that complements a comprehensive weight-reduction effort and numerous chassis upgrades. 

"Special Edition models sharpen the character of the BMW M brand and embody an emotionally rich and exclusive driving experience," noted Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. "We've taken a radical route with the set-up of the BMW M4 GTS to create a sports machine for the race track that delivers top-end dynamics and inspirational performance. It allows us to demonstrate what is possible today with a road-legal car."

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Exhilaratingly efficient 

The heart of the 2016 M4 GTS is a specially modified version of its M-prepped 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 that employs water injection to increase both output and efficiency by cooling the air charge. This reduces the compression temps in the combustion chamber and allows for higher boost levels without creating the classic detonation "knock." The technology increases horsepower from 425 to 493 and peak torque from 406 to 422 lb ft. Despite those gains, which trim 0-60 mph times from 3.8 to 3.7 seconds, BMW says fuel economy remains the same as a standard M4 model. 

Beyond its take-no-prisoners appearance, numerous other changes set this limited-edition apart from the standard M4. The car features a healthy dose of carbon fiber and CFRP components in the hood, roof, adjustable front splitter, rear spoiler and driveshaft as well as forged-aluminum suspension elements, hollow half-shafts and standard carbon-ceramic brakes. The largest weight reduction comes from jettisoning the rear seat in favor of a roll bar and refitting the Alcantara-trimmed cabin with unique M-spec lightweight sport seats as well as trimmed-down door panels. These efforts drop the car's curb weight by roughly 175 pounds.

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Adjustable suspension

To ensure the M4 GTS can fully exploit its track potential, BMW installed a unique manually-adjustable 3-way coilover suspension and revised the geometry to work with the remapped power steering. A specially modified Active M rear differential and a dedicated Dynamic Stability Control system with a more edgy M Dynamic mode also permit more aggressive driving while super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires - measuring 265/35s on 19-inch bright-orange light-alloy wheels up front and 285/30s on larger 20-in rear rims, round out the mix.

While performance is its forte, the M4 GTS will come with a full range of standard equipment that includes a navigation system, air conditioning, auto-dimming mirrors and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim as well as Adaptive LED Headlights, OLED taillamps and front/rear Park Distance Control. Only 700 of these 2016 BMW M4 GTS models will be produced, with 300 of those coming to America. Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date. 

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