Video: Watch The BMW M4 GTS Lap The ‘Ring Faster Than A Ferrari 458

While the BMW M4 continues to be a model lusted after by droves of forum fan boys, the reality of the newest lineup of BMWs from the M division is that these models lean more heavily toward luxury side of the equation than ever before. And while the new M4 does shed some weight versus the 4-Series coupe it’s based on, its 7:52 second ring time – which is bested by the likes of the Honda Civic Type R – tells much of the story.

032-bmw-m4-gts-1_jpg_900x900_q100Fortunately, BMW has made a legitimate effort to reclaim some of their former glory with the M4 GTS. Perhaps the most notable bullet point of this new model is weight reduction – it drops some 200 pounds from the standard M4, tipping the scales at just over 3300 lbs. To get there, BMW tossed the rear seats, swapped in a carbon fiber reinforced composite hood and driveshaft, and even found some weight savings in the cabin as well.

Motivating the M4 GTS is the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six found in the standard M4, but it’s been given some warming over by way of a water injection system, marking the first time this technology has been used on a road-going production vehicle. It results in an output of 493 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, gains of 68 hp and 36 lb-ft.

057-bmw-m4-gts-1_jpg_900x900_q100Handling also gets substantial revision versus the standard M4, with the GTS model receiving a three-way M coilover suspension, carbon ceramic brakes as standard, and staggered Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring 265/35/19 up front and 285/30/20 out back, which are wrapped around a unique set of forged wheels.

The revisions have clearly paid off handsomely, as the clip above shows the M4 GTS running the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 28 seconds – more than 20 seconds faster than the standard M4 – and beating out supercars like the McLaren MP4-12C and Porsche Carrera GT in the process – making it the fastest road-going model in the company’s history.

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