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    MotorTrend reviews the 'hardcore' 2016 BMW F82 M4 GTS - BMW just doesn't have it any more

    Is the M4 GTS a hardcore car or is it made so BMW appears to still cater to the enthusiast? You would think a dedicated and limited edition high performance BMW track car would shut up critics like the one writing this but it has done the exact opposite.

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    The BMW M4 GTS is just an exercise in BMW looking like it still cares about driving enthusiasts. A $134,200 exercise at that. What do you get for that money? A bit more power out of the same S55 engine thanks to a new tune and water injection. Aerodynamic upgrades, different wheels, suspension upgrades, weight loss (not really), and a roll cage option.

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    That stuff all sounds cool until you factor in the car is twice the price of a standard F82 M4 and literally can't beat anything in its price range on the track or many cars well below its price range. What's hardcore about building a tarck car that fails at what it is supposed to excel at? What's the point? Why even bother? If going all out then go all out. Don't half ass it.

    The M4 GTS does look fast standing still. Which keeping it parked next to a Mustang GT350R is the best option for an owner who would like to stay close to the cheaper Mustang as he won't be able to do that on the track.

    What does MotorTrend think? Well, they state the GTS is more like what the M4 should have been. It goes to show how tame BMW M cars are now. They really aren't motorsport specials as much as just cars with more power than the models beneath them. They simply got away from what made M the most respected letter in the automotive world. Fortunately, MotorTrend points this out.

    MotorTrend says water injection is what allows BMW to make the power they do on 91 octane. The standard M4 can make the same power and even more without water injection on pump fuel so that isn't quite true. Water does help with tremendously with its cooling effect. It works but it is also somewhat of a gimmick. You can easily add water injection to your own car and even mix in some methanol to provide a massive benefit.

    The M4 GTS is supposed to be a track special yet while on the track the stability control constantly flashes. Yes, you can turn it off. The rear end will be coming around easily though as the motor is all about torque down low versus top end horsepower. Drifts look cool, right? They just aren't the fastest way around the track.

    Basically, the M4 GTS is what the M4 should have been. To get the car BMW should have made by paying twice the price is ridiculous. Especially considering there are many better cars for that money. You are better off in a 911 Carrera at $90k. You are better off in a Mustang GT350R. You are better off in a Corvette Grand Sport. Quite simply, you are better off not buying the M4 GTS.

    The car is two seconds quicker than a standard M4 around Laguna Seca. Why not just get better rubber, coilovers, and a tune for your M4 while pocketing $60k instead?

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    The M4 GTS was supposed to remind us of how good BMW can be. Instead, it reminds us of how far BMW has fallen.

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    They simply didn't put in the same amount of effort on this generation GTS. Yes the new car performs better than the E92 GTS. But basically this is a M4 with aero, 3-way coilovers, tune, and water injection. It is missing that attention to detail a car like the 911 GT3 has. GT3 is actually worth the money they charge, the engine work alone is big money.

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    I actually watched this one to see if they Fanboyed all over it. I was glad they did not.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
    es the new car performs better than the E92 GTS. But basically this is a M4 with aero, 3-way coilovers, tune, and water injection.
    That's what it is. It still has the same S55. I just don't see any reason to spend the money.
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