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
What you really want, though, is an M3 GTS. Sorry about that. This is a very, very special motor car. Just to give you some context, my two favourite hi-po road cars are the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Porsche 911 GT3 (2006, 997-vintage). I love the fact that you can hear the stones ping off their undersides as you fling them from corner to corner, that they have engines that punish valves, pistons and cylinders mercilessly in pursuit of pure revs, and that the people who made them were given carte blanche to rip as much weight as they dare out of them. The Scud has the best paddle-shift semi-auto 'box of them all; the 911 GT3, supernatural traction.
Well, you can talk about the M3 GTS in the same breath as these two - something I didn't expect. Powertrain, chassis, interactivity, noise, emotion: it's right up there, believe me. Turning a 3-Series into a Ferrari 430 Scud rival: it's some transformation. Yet that's what they've managed.