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're back at 6am the next morning. It's empty. Even the marmots are still snoozing. The sun's out. The road's dry. Time to party. Now it really does feel religious: engine, gearbox and chassis forming their own Holy Trinity. The brakes are a bit grumbly but full of feel - steel discs, not ceramic - 378mm at the front, 380mm at the rear. But it's the coherence of the package that's blowing my mind.
The engine is simply mighty, but crucially the GTS feels more alive right the way through its rev range, rather than reserving its best work for the far end of the dial. The gearbox harnesses all that power perfectly, instantaneously. You won't be able to leave it alone.