Supercars beware of pricey sedans
After lots of testing at the famed Nurburgring, BMW has announced a lap time owned by the M4 GTS that will have supercars sweating bullets. But first, let's recap. The GTS has 493 horsepower coming out of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six. Its top speed is 189.5 mph and 0-60 mph happens in 3.7 seconds. It will only be available for 300 consumers in the US (out of 700 total built), and the price tag (drum roll) checks in at about $134,000. That's pretty damn pricey for something that ostensibly isn't a supercar.
But what makes a supercar, anyway? Is it a beastly engine and massive price tag? Or could it be a 7:28 lap around the Nurburgring?
Covering the Nurburgring, which consists of almost 13 miles touching on 154 turns and lots of elevation changes, in that time is damn impressive. The M4 GTS' boasted lap time as a consumer grade, available-to-everyone car is realistic but holds true to the suspension of disbelief. Near-illegal race cars can claim times of 6:30. While the new M4 isn't close to such a time it also isn't anywhere close to being illegal. It's time of 7:28 puts it in the company of the Ferrari 458, McLaren MP4-12C, and a Porsche Carrera GT. Not only that, it clears the Mercedes SLS AMG GT by over a second, which in racing is staggering. Here's hoping BMW didn't exaggerate its lap time.
Despite its hefty price tag the M4 is still more than $100,000 cheaper than the 458 Italia. Go ahead, read that again. It means Ferrari supercar performance is, kind of, within reach to those who aren't oil tycoons. Kind of.