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Boy-Racers Rejoice! The BMW M4 GTS is Now a Real Car

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New BMW M4 GTS

The BMW M4 GTS has made the transition from concept to reality, and we imagine many rich boy-racers are rejoicing. As if the regular M4 isn’t already powerful enough, this special, high-octane coupe packs 493 horsepower.

The M4 GTS is described as an “exclusive technological showpiece which elevates the potential of the BMW M4 Coupe to another impressive new level” and has the look and power to prove it. On the styling front, it features an aggressive aerodynamic body kit that adds a new hood and an adjustable front splitter and rear carbon fiber wing with CNC-machined aluminum mounts that are connected to the car’s carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) trunk lid.

Other highlights include LED headlights and OLED taillights (a first for any production vehicle), a carbon fiber diffuser, a titanium exhaust system and exclusive M light-alloy wheels wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The interior is spruced-up with an Alcantara-wrapped sport steering wheel, carbon-fiber bucket seats upholstered in exclusive Alcantara / Merino leather, a lighter centre console and revised door trim with pull loops instead of regular handles. The rear seats have been replaced with a glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) shelf and a rear panel, both of which are covered in Alcantara.

There is an optional Clubsport Package that adds a six-point harness, an Acid Orange roll bar and a fire extinguisher.

Under the hood of the BMW M4 GTS is a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine equipped with water injection technology that produces the aforementioned 493-hp (500 PS), as well as a 442 lb-ft. (600 Nm) of torque. A seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) sends all that power to the rear wheels, allowing the German coupe to accelerate from 0 to 62 km/h (100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 189.5 mph (305 km/h).

Handling and stopping have been improved by an adjustable M coilover suspension and carbon ceramic brakes.

For some perspective on how fast it is in both a straight line and around the bends, BMW claims their high-octane sports car can lap the in famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in an impressive 7.28 minutes.

Production of the BMW M4 GTS will be limited to just 700 units so act fast if you want one. Prices start at 146,200 EUR in Germany and 121,700 GBP in the UK.

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Next BMW M3 Has RWD And 4WD Versions, Which Will You Choose?

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New, 2019 BMW 3 Series M Performance Parts

The M3 will take a page from the latest M5, but without losing grip of its roots.

When the sixth-generation BMW M3 and M4 hit the market, they will reportedly be offered with both rear-wheel and all-wheel driver versions.

The rear-wheel drive M3 / M4 — ‘M3 and M4 Pure’, as they are known internally — are intended for purists, while those looking for outright performance will certainly go for the all-wheel drive variants.

According to , the all-wheel drive M3 / M4 can only be had with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and will have a bit more power to work with since the manual transmission in the purist M3 / M4 can’t handle the same amount of torque. It will also be a bit different aesthetically, featuring a different front fascia and set of wheels.

BMW hasn’t announced when the next M3 and M4 will debut, but it will add three additional go-faster models to the lineup overtime, including a competition package.

So, which one will it be for you — the rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive M3 / M4? Let us know in the comments below, including your reason(s) why.

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BMW Creates Meteoric M850i Night Sky For Outer Space Geeks

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BMW M850i Night Sky Meteorite

The unique 8 Series features meteorite inlay and 3D-printed brake calipers.

BMW has revealed the M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, a one-off take on the new M850i created by the company’s Individual Manufaktur team for astronomy fans.

The car features an outer space theme. Inside, hunks of meteoric rock adorn the center console, start/stop button, shift lever, iDrive controller and other surfaces, while Widmanstätten surface pattern of meteorites can be found on the center console’s trim finishers, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and the front splitters.

For the non-space geeks among us, Widmanstätten patterns are the result of iron-nickel crystals forming on meteors over the course of around 10 million years and cannot be reproduced on Earth.

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Special LED project constellations of stars on the center console and other interior surfaces.

Not content with the space theme, BMW created new lightweight brake calipers using generative design processes (3D printing). The pieces manage to be 30 percent lighter than the 8 Series’ usual calipers without negatively affecting necessary strength characteristics.

The one-off Night Sky edition is finished in San Marino Blue metallic paint over a black base coat. Its debut coincided with a meteor shower that took place overnight from January 3 – 4, resulting from the Earth briefly passing through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, with fragments from the asteroid entering our planet’s atmosphere and burning up.

Some of these meteoric fragments were incorporated into the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky’s interior.

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BMW, Porsche’s Ultrafast EV Charger Adds 62 Miles In 3 Minutes

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BMW, Porsche Ultrafast EV Charger

It only takes 15 minutes for an electric vehicle’s batteries to be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent capacity.

BMW and Porsche, along with several other partner companies, have made great progress developing an ultrafast EV charging system.

Their so-called FastCharge research program has resulted in a 450 kW prototype charging station that can add 62 miles (100 km) of range in just three minutes or nearly fully charge a mostly depleted battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.

While the ability to charge an electric car in just a few minutes will be a boon for EV owners, today’s electric vehicles aren’t able to charge at 450 kilowatts. Tesla’s vehicles, for instance, utilize a 400-volt battery configuration, but Porsche and Audi’s FastCharge tech can handle higher voltage levels of up to 920 volts, which experts believe will become the norm.

Their charging station is able to handle so much current and voltage thanks to actively cooled cables that use a circulating water-glycol solution to manage temperature. The electric vehicle must also be compatible and use intelligent charging strategy that not only precools the battery before charging begins, but also monitors cell temperature during the charging process.

Suffice it to say, the long, tedious hours that it used to take to charge an electric car are almost a thing of the past.

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