The BMW Concept M4 GTS will take it to the track

The latest brainchild from BMW’s performance M Division was developed with the racetrack in mind but will be completely street-legal.

The BMW Concept M4 GTS was unveiled earlier this month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“While the BMW M4 Coupe embodies the ideal combination of motor sport genes and unrestricted everyday usability, the BMW Concept M4 GTS previews an emotionally powerful and exclusive special model conceived with an eye for trailblazing technology and a keen focus on the race track,” BMW M Division president Frank van Meel said in a press release.

“Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal,” he added. “This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense.”

[And earlier version of this post was written by Graham Rapier.]

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The standard M4 looks great, but the GTS ups the ante -- big time. Matte-black paint covers most of the car's exterior, and small highlights of 'acid orange' add to the car's racing flair.

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Under the hood, the GTS is expected to get a slightly more powerful version of the M4's 425-horsepower, twin-turbo-charged, 3.0-litre straight-6 engine.

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Aiding the two turbochargers is a water-injection system that increases power and torque by cooling intake air, making it denser as it heads for the cylinders.

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That's the same technology that allows BMW's M4 MotoGP safety car to keep up with racing motorcycles on the track.

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The front grille design is similar to what we've come to expect from the M cars, but the huge air intakes make for a menacing profile.

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BMW is also taking this announcement as a step to highlight its use of organic light-emitting diodes, the same technology that lights up your phone screen.

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From the rear, with the spoiler included, we get a sense of where this car is meant to be: on the track.

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Sleek lines down the side of the car, as well as a grippy quartet of Michelin Pilot tires, add to the racing feel. All these extras should make the M4 GTS considerably quicker than the already fast M4, which BMW claims can hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

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The M4 GTS will be available in the United States -- the Bavaria-based automaker has indicated that deliveries will commence sometime in 2016.

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