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Σχεδόν 2 μήνες μετά την Concept M4 GTS και λίγο πριν το επίσημο ντεμπούτο του μοντέλου στην έκθεση του Τόκιο, η BMW παρουσιάζει επίσημα το “τεχνολογικό έκθεμα που ανυψώνει τις δυνατότητες της M4 Coupe σε ένα άλλο, εντυπωσιακό επίπεδο”: την M4 GTS! Από την αρχή η Γερμανική εταιρία κάνει σαφές το γεγονός ότι πρόκειται για ένα αυτοκίνητο που σχεδιάστηκε για να αποδίδει τα μέγιστα σε πίστα χωρίς όμως να σημαίνει ότι δεν μπορεί να οδηγηθεί στον δρόμο. Από την αρχή μάλιστα, η BMW αναφέρει τον χρόνο που κατάφερε η M4 GTS στο Nurburgring: 7 λεπτά και 28 δευτερόλεπτα!

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Πώς όμως καταφέρνει να μειώσει κατά 24 ολόκληρα δευτερόλεπτα τον χρόνο της; Σημαντικό ρόλο παίζει φυσικά ο κινητήρας. Η M4 GTS διατηρεί τον τρίλιτρο, εξακύλινδρο εν σειρά, υπερτροφοδοτούμενο κινητήρα της απλής M4, ο οποίος όμως χάρη στο σύστημα ψεκασμού νερού, αποδίδει πλέον 500 άλογα και 600 Nm ροπής. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι η M4 GTS επιταχύνει στα 100 km/h από στάση σε 3.8 δευτερόλεπτα με την τελική της ταχύτητα να είναι 305 km/h. Επίσης, αξίζει να αναφέρουμε ότι σύμφωνα με την BMW, η κατανάλωση και οι εκπομπές ρύπων είναι στα επίπεδα της M4 Coupe παρά την αύξηση της ιπποδύναμης: 8.3 λίτρα ανά 100 χιλιόμετρα και 194 gr/km. Όσον αφορά στο powertrain, να σημειώσουμε επίσης ότι ο κινητήρας συνδυάζεται με το κλασικό, 7-τάχυτο M DCT αυτόματο κιβώτιο διπλού συμπλέκτη.

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Ιδιαίτερη έμφαση όμως δόθηκε και στο βάρος. Οι μηχανικοί του M Division κατάφεραν να μειώσουν το βάρος του αυτοκινήτου στα 1.510 κιλά με την αναλογία κιλών ανά ίππο να διαμορφώνεται στα 3.0 kg/hp. Στην καμπίνα, η “διαίτα” περιλαμβάνει νέα ανθρακονημάτινα bucket καθίσματα, ελαφρύτερη κεντρική κονσόλα, ελαφρύτερα πίσω καθίσματα και ειδικές πόρτες. Παρόμοια τακτική εφαρμόστηκε και στο εξωτερικό. Το νέου σχεδιασμού καπό, η οροφή, το ρυθμιζόμενο εμπρός splitter, η επίσης ρυθμιζόμενη πίσω αεροτομή, ο διαχύτης κ.ά. είναι κατασκευασμένα από ανθρακονήματα. Το “τελικό” του συστήματος εξάτμισης είναι από τιτάνιο ενώ όπως αναφέρει η BMW “κάθε λεπτομέρεια, όσο μικρή και είναι, έχει προσεχθεί ώστε να ελαχιστοποιηθεί το βάρος”.

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Πριν κλείσουμε, να αναφέρουμε ότι η M4 GTS πατάει σε ζάντες ελαφρού κράματος 19 ιντσών εμπρός και 20 πίσω που ντύνονται με ελαστικά Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 με διαστάσεις 265/35 και 285/30 αντίστοιχα. Η ανάρτηση του σκληροπυρηνικού μοντέλου αποτελείται από ρυθμιζόμενα coilovers ενώ τα φρένα είναι φυσικά carbon-κεραμικά. Τέλος, η M4 GTS είναι το πρώτο μοντέλο που εξοπλίζεται με OLED πίσω φωτιστικά σώματα ενώ όπως θα περίμενε κανείς, τα εμπρός είναι LED. Η BMW θα κατασκευάσει μόλις 700 M4 GTS και αν η “απλή” δεν είναι αρκετά σκληροπυρηνική, διαθέσιμο θα είναι και το “Clubsport Package” που “ενισχύει την προτίμηση της M4 GTS για την πίστα”. Η τιμή του μοντέλου ξεκινά στη Γερμανία από τις €142.600.

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The new BMW M4 GTS.

The BMW M4 GTS gives BMW M GmbH a new and exclusive technological showpiece which elevates the potential of the BMW M4 Coupe to another impressive new level. With its powerful, motor sport-inspired looks and high-performance technology, the BMW M4 GTS has its sights set squarely on the race track. A lap time of 7.28 minutes around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most exacting race circuit, is a clear statement of this special-edition model’s exceptional abilities. At the same time, the sharpest BMW M4 of all – like its BMW M stablemates – can also hold its own on public roads. BMW M GmbH is launching the BMW M4 GTS in a special edition limited to 700 units to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the BMW M3, which has been in production since 1986. In so doing, it is highlighting the innovative flair of the BMW M engineers in developing trailblazing M technologies on the powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction front. The first high-performance special edition in the M3/M4 model range will also be available for the first time in the important North American market. “Special-edition models like the BMW M3 GT, BMW M3 CSL, BMW M3 GTS and BMW M3 CRT have a decades-long tradition in our mid-size line-up – and that continues with the BMW M4,” says Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “They sharpen the character of the BMW M brand and embody an emotionally rich and exclusive driving experience. We’ve taken a radical route with the set-up of the BMW M4 GTS to create a sports machine for the race track that delivers top-end dynamics and inspirational performance. It allows us to demonstrate what is possible today with a road-legal car. Owners can drive their BMW M4 GTS to circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring or Laguna Seca – for clubsport events, for example – and then set lap times there that raise the bar to extremely high levels for road-legal cars.” Performance boost courtesy of innovative water injection. At the heart of each and every BMW M model is its engine. The BMW M4 GTS uses the multi-award-winning six-cylinder in-line turbo engine from the BMW M3/M4, but adds innovative water injection technology to give the 3.0-litre unit a substantial power boost. The water injection system raises the engine’s output significantly – to 368 kW/500 hp – and increases torque to 600 Nm (442 lb-ft), yet still keeps fuel economy and CO2 emissions at the level of the BMW M4 Coupe (8.3 litres per 100 km* [34 mpg imp], 194 g/km*). This makes the BMW M4 GTS the most agile, radical and dynamically potent model in the range. It races from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 3.8 seconds and hits a limited top speed of 305 km/h (189.5 mph). Lightweight design extends into the details. Intelligent lightweight construction allows the BMW M engineers to limit the car’s DIN kerb weight to 1,510 kilograms (ECE kerb weight: 1,585 kg). Its outstanding weight-to-power ratio of 3.0 kg/hp provides the perfect platform for a highly dynamic driving experience. The rigorous weight-saving measures extend through both the interior and exterior of the car. Inside, carbon-fibre bucket seats, a lightweight centre console, the lightweight construction of the rear seat panelling and boot area partition, and special lightweight door and side panel trim, including door pull loops in place of solid door handles, are clearly visible indications of the designers’ commitment to weight-saving. The rigorous application of lightweight design can also be seen in details that are out of view. The instrument panel bracing tube is made from lightweight carbon fibre. And on the outside of the car, the newly designed bonnet, roof and adjustable front splitter are also constructed from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The adjustable rear wing, too, is cut from this light but extremely durable high-tech material. It rests on intricate, CNC-machined aluminium mounts fixed to the CFRP boot lid which likewise demonstrate how every detail, no matter how small, has been honed to minimise weight. Teaming up with the diffuser – again, made from carbon fibre – below the rear bumper, the rear wing optimises the flow of air and reduces lift at the rear axle. The exhaust system has a titanium muffler, which allows a weight saving of 20 per cent. Its emotionally rich soundtrack fits the M profile perfectly and envelops the inside and outside of the car in the ambience of the race track. Performance-maximising equipment features. The standard-fitted seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) selects the optimum ratio for every driving situation with no interruption in the flow of power as it makes its way to the rear wheels. The driver can also select gears manually using either shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever. The Drivelogic shift programs and Launch Control have been retuned to the engine’s increased output. The weight-minimised, exclusive M light-alloy wheels in star-spoke 666 M Styling are forged and polished, and come in Acid Orange. They are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R19, rear: 285/30 R20) which are adapted specifically to the BMW M4 GTS and therefore play a role in the car’s outstanding mechanical traction and feedback through corners. The three-way M coilover suspension specially tuned for the BMW M4 GTS can be adjusted to individual tastes and therefore also to the demands of different race circuits. The lightweight M carbon ceramic brakes offer a well-defined pressure point and ensure outstanding deceleration even under sustained heavy loads, such as at the limit on the race track. World-exclusive OLED technology, brilliant LED light. The familiar two sets of twin circular headlights with four corona rings ensure the best possible illumination of the road surface. They combine cutting-edge LED (light-emitting diode) technology with BMW Selective Beam (dazzle-free high beam assistant) and Adaptive Headlights. The L-shaped rear lights are just as distinctive as the design of the headlights. Indeed, innovative OLED rear lights will make their series-production debut in the BMW M4 GTS. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) are a new kind of light source that light up over their full surface with a very homogeneous effect – unlike LED units, which emit their light in the form of points. The flat design of OLEDs (they measure just 1.4 millimetres in height) and the ability to trigger individual light modules separately open up fresh possibilities for lighting concepts and exudes the presence of exceptional precision. As such, the tail lights underline the width of the rear end, lend the car an even more eye-catching and powerful appearance and ensure it cuts a stand-out figure in both the light and dark. The interior – focused, exclusive and committed to motor sport. The carbon-fibre M bucket seats for the driver and passenger stick firmly with the lightweight construction theme inside the pure-bred, exclusive interior. They weigh around 50 per cent less than the sports seats in the BMW M4 Coupe, enable an ideal seating position and offer compelling long-distance comfort to go with their unbeatable levels of support. The exclusive Alcantara/Merino leather seat covering along with M stripes in the backrests, three-point seat belts and door pull loops highlight the profile of the BMW M4 GTS as a high-performance sports machine as well as the car’s standalone character. The M4 GTS is fitted with different bucket-style M sports seats (including lightweight backrests with cut-outs) for the North American market, in line with local registration requirements. The exclusive material Alcantara is also used for the M sports steering wheel, whose “12 o’clock” marker underlines the racing character of the BMW M4 GTS. In place of a rear seat bench, the BMW M4 GTS features a glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) shelf and a rear panel in carbon-fibre sandwich construction. Both are covered in Alcantara, and together they enable a weight saving of around 40 per cent. The optional Clubsport Package can further enhance the affinity of the BMW M4 GTS with the race track. It includes a roll bar in Acid Orange behind the front seats, a race-specification six-point harness** and a fire extinguisher.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html. Leitfaden CO2 (Guideline CO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB)

* Fuel consumption figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified. ** Not available on the US version.

BMW at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015. TOP 07.10.2015Contained media data: 2 Attachments 104 photos 7 videos

BMW M4 GTS (10/2015). Show all media BMW is presenting the world premiere of the BMW M4 GTS at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show from 30 October to 8 November 2015. Celebrating its Asian premiere, meanwhile, is the new, luxurious BMW 7 Series containing a host of innovations never before seen in automotive construction. Likewise making their Asian debut are the completely newly designed BMW X1 and the plug-in hybrid models, BMW 330e and BMW 225xe – the eDrive variant of the BMW 2 Series Active. BMW will also greet visitors to the Tokyo show with a range of pioneering services, including mobility features. Focused motor sport expertise delivers the ultimate in driving dynamics: the new BMW M4 GTS. BMW M GmbH is presenting a new, exclusive technological showpiece at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The BMW M4 GTS improves on the potential of the BMW M4 Coupe to reach impressive new levels. With its motor sport genes clearly to the fore, the new model has its sights set squarely on the race track – yet it is also equipped for life on the road. The special edition is limited to a production run of 700 units and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BMW M3, which has been in production since 1986. It is the latest in a line of extraordinary models, following in the tyre tracks of the BMW M3 GT (1995), BMW M3 CSL (2003), BMW M3 GTS (2010) and BMW M3 CRT (2011). The BMW M4 GTS highlights the innovative talents of the BMW M engineers with trailblazing technologies such as water injection – which increases output significantly to 368 kW/500 hp (fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100 km [34 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 194 g/km)* – and intelligent lightweight design, which delivers an outstanding weight-to-power ratio of 3.0 kg/hp. Rear lights with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology make their series-production debut in this sharpest of all BMW M4 variants. Driving pleasure, luxury and long-distance comfort redefined: the new BMW 7 Series. The new BMW 7 Series underlines its claim to redefine what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form with an exceptional array of innovations. Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group’s new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, and BMW Laserlight. Maximising well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station. The new generation of the BMW 7 Series also boasts standout innovations when it comes to operating system and driver assistance technology. The various new features that are unprecedented in the luxury sedan segment include, for example, the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW gesture control, as well as Touch Command for controlling comfort and infotainment functions in the rear compartment using a tablet computer. In addition to all this, BMW is also presenting the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display in its new flagship model, not to mention Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection, the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View, and a Remote Control Parking system. Urban all-rounder delivers boundless driving pleasure: the new BMW X1. The second generation of the BMW X1 successfully transfers the trademark qualities of a Sports Activity Vehicle to the compact segment with greater intensity than ever. The new edition of this highly popular model makes its mark with powerful proportions and clean lines in the style of its larger BMW X siblings. Inside, the new BMW X1 offers far more space for both passengers and luggage, a state-of-the-art premium ambience and sophisticated functionality. Petrol and diesel engines from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units, an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology combine to produce a notable increase in sportiness and ride comfort along with far greater efficiency. Equipment features available for the BMW X1 for the first time include full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-Up Display that projects driving-related information onto the windscreen as in the larger BMW X models, and the Driving Assistant Plus system. BMW EfficientDynamics with BMW eDrive: electric driving pleasure in four plug-in hybrid models from BMW. The introduction of BMW eDrive technology in BMW brand models opens up all-electric motoring with zero local emissions to new target groups. The BMW 330e with plug-in hybrid drive is being added to the model line-up of the new BMW 3 Series. It will also be possible to sample the pleasure of all-electric driving with zero local emissions in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in future, thanks to the BMW 225xe – the Active Tourer variant with eDrive. They will join the BMW 740e luxury sedan (the plug-in hybrid variant of the new BMW 7 Series) and the BMW X5 xDrive40e in the BMW model family, so that in 2016 the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars will be available for BMW models spanning four different vehicle segments – from the compact to the luxury class. BMW i: a trailblazer for electric driving pleasure and everyday usability. Following the successful global launch of the purely electrically powered BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km [134.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) the BMW i brand is now further cementing its status as a trailblazer for sustainable mobility with an expanding range of vehicle and mobility services. BMW i can already claim to be the brand to have won the most awards during its introductory phase in the history of motoring. BMW i is giving the spread of electric motoring fresh impetus by making its technology available to current BMW brand models. For instance, all the plug-in hybrid models being exhibited by BMW at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show employ the BMW eDrive technology initially developed for BMW i cars in the form of electric motors, power electronics, high-voltage batteries and intelligent energy management. Equally, the experience in using industrially manufactured CFRP garnered during development of the BMW i cars has now helped to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7 Series luxury sedan.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html. Leitfaden CO2 (Guideline CO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB).