Hardcore M3 saloon on track

26 May, 2011 3:33pm Luke Madden

BMW M3 GTS saloon spied on the Nurburgring ahead of June unveiling

BMW will produce a hardcore four-door version of the M3 – and these are the pictures that prove it. 

Previewed by the M3 GTS Sedan Concept that debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show, this is the first time we’ve seen the new model out on the track. 

Speaking with Auto Express in Shanghai, BMW bosses told us the car would not be badged CSL as that is exclusively reserved for coupes. That means the new model is likely to retain the GTS moniker of the concept. 

Power output is yet to be confirmed, but its engine is rumoured to be tuned somewhere between the 444bhp GTS and the 414bhp standard car. Whether it will use the 4.0-litre V8 or the bored-out 4.4-litre version from the hardcore two-door is unclear.

Even if it doesn’t get the GTS coupe’s engine, the saloon version will get that model’s 19-inch alloy wheels, larger brakes, tuned suspension, lighter exhaust and modified bodywork – although a more subtle boot-lid spoiler features.

Where the two-door model features five-point racing harnesses and does without back seats in favour of a body-coloured roll-cage, the saloon is less race-inspired and more luxurious. 
All the official details will be revealed at the Nurburgring M festival on June 23rd.

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