BMW M3 GTS turns heads in Valencia
Monday, 09 November 2009
On display at the last round of the season at Valencia, BMW M Power’s latest high-performance car caught the eye of many paddock insiders, including Valentino Rossi himself.
BMW M Power, the Official Safety Car provider of the MotoGP World Championship, exhibited its new M3 GTS at the final round of the 2009 season, coinciding with the BMW M Award prize-giving to this year's Best Qualifier, Valentino Rossi.
After winning a BMW M3 Sedan, the MotoGP World Champion was treated to a test-drive of the M3 GTS - which is due for delivery in 2010.
Faster, more agile and weighing less than 1500kg, the latest handbuilt M Power car has a 4.4 litre V8 engine pushing out a stunning 450bhp through its seven-speed double clutch transmission.
“It was amazing in the GTS, just amazing. It was great, especially under braking with the light weight that it has,” said Rossi after completing a test-drive around the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
Mesmerized by the sheer potential of the M3 GTS, Rossi insisted on swapping his BMW M Award prize for the latest addition in the BMW M range and as the Bavarian manufacturer agreed to his demand, he will indeed be one of the very first owners of this brand new model.
During the weekend, Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta also had a chance to lap around the Valencia track alongside Dr.-Ing. Klaus Draeger, BMW Group, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development and Dr. Kay Segler, President BMW M GmbH.