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
You can usually tell how a car's going to play out almost immediately, and this thing is no different. The GTS puts a smile on your face - a slightly twisted, evil one - a split second after you prod the ‘engine start' button on what is a seriously spartan dashboard. Its 4.4-litre V8 erupts into life before immediately settling into a pure race-car idle, slightly lumpy and grumpy and uneven, while the exhaust burbles and warbles. It sounds like something that means business, and doesn't want to waste any time getting down to it. It sounds more than a little scary. It sounds absolutely bloody marvellous.