In case you were wondering why putting an old-school M model against a new school…M model…the reason is pretty simple: we want to see how far has the auto industry advanced in terms of technology and sheer performance.
And the best way to find out is putting side-by-side the 2010 BMW M3 GTS and the all-new 2016 BMW M4 GTS. They both use advanced mechanics, increased aerodynamics and impressive powertrains. This is the EVO Magazine`s new test.
Even if there is a visible difference between the two of them, both come with rather similar power and same GTS mechanics. However, they are both so different at the same time. We should try pointing out the best features.
The 2010 was a very busy yet fruitful year for BMW, it was the year when the BMW M3 GTS came out standing on the E92 platform and featuring a massive 4.4-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine, developing 444 horsepower at 8,300 rpm and 324 lb-ft of torque, available at just 3,750 rpm.
On the other hand, the new BMW M4 GTS, which sits on the same platform as the standard M4 – the F82 platform – comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo I6 mill, with around 500 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, available at 6,250 rpm.
The main difference between the two of them, besides the raw power in the M4 GTS, is that the new model comes with improved handling capabilities and grip, and more advanced mechanics – new carbon fiber ceramic brakes and suspension, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which pay an extremely important part on the track, particularly on tight corners.
On the other hand, the BMW M3 GTS is not that artistic as the M4 GTS on the road, meaning that you have got to have some skills to keep it balanced on the road, especially at high speeds, as the steering is not that precise as in the M4 GTS. But even with some extra effort in the corners, the M3 GTS remains a fun car to drive.