Thursday, 8 July 2010

G-Power BMW M3

The M Power and Alpina's are crazy, but this right here is vicious!!!!

The 2010 G-Power BMW M3 GT2 S is a good example. A competition-style version of the G-Power BMW M3 Tornado CS, its aero pieces are made from carbon fiber. It would take some serious gumption to drive this car on the open road outside the Nürburgring gates, because subtle it is not. It's worth a mention that this company isn't one for making outrageous disco cars. First and foremost, G-Power is an engineering firm that focuses on the mechanical side, and the only way to identify its 750-horsepower G-Power BMW M5, the world's fastest sedan now parked nearby in the Nürburgring paddock, is a handmade sign the G-Power engineers have put in the window.

There's not much that reminds you of a BMW M3. Thanks to a stripped-out interior, the use of lightweight, forged 20-inch Silverstone ClubSport wheels, a titanium exhaust system and lots of careful detailing, the GT2 S is some 300 pounds lighter. G-Power is working on an even lighter version that will reduce the car's weight by a further 200 pounds, which will put this M3 on the same footing as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Meanwhile, the motivating force of this car is a 4.0-liter BMW V8 fitted with an ASA T1-522 centrifugal supercharger, an application also seen on the Alpina B6 GT3 racecar. A dual-flow carbon air intake, a cast-aluminum intercooler and a cold air box help the engine develop a blast of power with just 7.5 psi of boost, some 600 hp at 7,800 rpm and 427 pound-feet of torque at 5,300 rpm.

Vehicle Tested:
2010 G-Power BMW M3 GT2 S

Base Price:

Supercharged 4.0-liter V8

Seven-speed automated manual

600 hp @ 7,800 rpm; 427 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm

EPA Rating:

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