Before we got all excited about the BMW M2, there was another new German performance car that had our attention, the new M4 GTS. Now we have our first chance to listen to both of these performance cars, thanks to new videos in which the wild 493-hp M4 GTS and the manic 365-hp M2 slither around Britain’s Anglesey Circuit.
The basic recipe for the 2016 BMW M4 GTS is simple. Start with a standard M4, add a water-injection system and other tweaks to the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine to bump output to 493 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Send power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to a limited-slip differential. Strip out the back seats and door panels to save pounds, and use carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body panels to take the diet even more extreme. The resultant 256-lb weight loss compared to a standard M4 coupe, along with a stiffer suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes, allows for a Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 28 seconds, and a 0-to-60-mph run of just 3.7 seconds.
The 2016 BMW M2, meanwhile, uses the 2 Series coupe as its starting point. A single-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six boasts 365 hp and 343 lb-ft, with 369 lb-ft of torque briefly available in an overboost mode. The M2 has less extensive modifications than the M4 GTS, keeping its rear seats and door panels, and offering shoppers a choice between manual and dual-clutch transmissions. It’ll reach the 60-mph mark in as little as 4.2 seconds and laps the ‘Ring in 7:58.
In the new clip, we finally get to hear the deep, grumbling exhaust note of the 2016 BMW M4 GTS. The car leaps out onto the Anglesey Circuit and quickly turns its rear tires into smoke, sliding around the tight track with its water-injected engine roaring. The M2 performs similarly impressive stunts, though its engine note appears to have more turbocharger noises overlaid above its rorty exhaust.
If that’s got you all excited, you may want to call your BMW dealership immediately. Only 700 units of the 2016 BMW M4 GTS are headed to our shores, so you’ll need to act fast. If you miss out on ordering your own, you can at least console yourself with the glorious sights and sounds of the GTS hitting the track in the video below. The M2 will likely be available in larger volumes, but pricing for the new coupe has yet to be announced.