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
There's no need to spend much time acclimatising - there's bugger all in here to acclimatise to. No stereo, no aircon, no iDrive. After all that ‘joy doesn't compromise' marketing hooey, we really are back in ‘ultimate driving machine' territory here. About time, too. The wheel is the familiarly chunky three-spoker, its fat rim trimmed in Alcantara. Disappointingly, there are buttons on it that operate things this car no longer has - no stereo, no volume, no need. A bespoke GTS wheel would have been nice. Worse, what GTS touches that are here are uniformly crap; the logo is some half-arsed chequered flag nonsense, which appears on the sill kickplate and on the far end of the dash along with a garish number. This car is 003.