Slide ruler: BMW M3 GTS takes on Austrian Alps
A charge to the roof of Europe requires a special kind of car. A car that makes the standard M3 look like a soft-edged fatso
Posted: 11 Apr 2012
We have two goes at the Grossglockner. We arrive late on day one, and the weather is seriously moody, the road surface slippery as hell. The road itself, built in the early 30s to help stimulate a job market decimated by the Great Depression, climbs to a peak of 2,504m, but we breach the cloud base long before that. At the top, the cloud even bleeds into the tunnels, which creates a quasi-religious sensation that's distinctly spooky.
Equally unnerving is the GTS's waywardness on these wet switchbacks. It won't let go completely with the stability systems in place, but turn them off, and you'd better be up to the job. It's hilarious, old-school badass BMW behaviour.