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G-Power BMW M3 GT2 S First Drive

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InsideLine has gotten some wheel time behind the drool-icious G-Power M3 GT2 S and has put up not only a comprehensive first drive report but a nice photo gallery to go along with it. Here are some excerpts but make sure to follow the jump at the bottom.

We manage a furtive glance at the speedo as the entrance to the old Nürburgring Nordschleife flashes past on the right. There's 170 mph on the clock and plenty more throttle to go. The seductive BMW V8 is screaming toward the redline and there's another note, a supercharger whine, piercing the Adenau forest. We were never meant to hit this kind of speed as it wasn't in the engineers' plan, but then with a near empty Nordschleife and a 2010 G-Power BMW M3 GT2 S to play with, you just have to.


The centrifugal supercharger means the power comes at the top of the V8's power curve, not the bottom, yet the car still screams past 60 mph in less than 4.1 seconds while 125 mph supposedly unravels in less than 11.8 seconds. This is a spine-tingling car that feels like it will storm straight up to its top speed of 205 mph without stopping for breath. Perhaps a six-speed manual transmission would have been fun, but the M3's Getrag-built seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual is the only way to truly keep pace with the car. Just a finger pull on the shift paddles brings on another gear, and the ECU takes care of the rev-matching on the downshift, which is good, because a minor mistake on the old 'Ring can have catastrophic consequences.


Fortunately the G-Power M3 comes through, thanks to its fully adjustable Clubsport suspension that's set up so stiffly that it clatters our teeth as we arc through the legendary Karussel. Dampers with adjustable compression and rebound join forces with stiffer antiroll bars front and rear, plus realigned steering geometry to suit the occasion. Not to mention the 245/30R20 front and 315/25R20 rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
Full Article / Source: InsideLine