Various sources are reporting today that the record BMW M3 GTS Nurburgring lap time has been set to 7 minutes and 48 seconds. The BMW M3 GTS Nurburgring lap time has not been officially confirmed by the German carmaker, but if it’s real, it means the GTS is the fastest BMW production model to ever run around the Nurburgring. The time is two seconds faster that the 2003 BMW M3 CSL.
The BMW M3 GTS is powered by a 4,361 cc V8 engine that develops 444 hp at 8,300 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm. This means that a standard M3 is 30 hp short of BMW M3 GTS’s output. The official performance figures say the M3 GTS needs only 4.3 seconds to reach 60 mph and that it has a top speed of 190 mph.
Having a firmed up chassis, weighing 150 lbs. less than the M3, and costing $120,000 without taxes, the hope was that the BMW M3 GTS would fare better on the Ring. It did do fairly well in Hockenheim, where its 1m 12.5s time even beat the Ferrari F430.