BMW may never again build a 2002-alike or another E30 M3, having moved on to bigger, safer, and more powerful pastures, but track geeks and fans of fast now have another Bimmer to lust after: the M3 GTS, officially launched in Europe this week. Along with the market launch comes some new performance details, including a brisk 4.4-second 0-62 mph time.

That's not Corvette ZR1 or Nissan GT-R fast, despite the 450-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine under the hood and all the work done to lighten the car, but it's not far off those boosted mega-beasts, either. And with a factory-installed half-cage, adjustable suspension, racing seats, minimal creature comforts and a special aero package, it's intended purely for track days and privateer racing, despite being street legal.

With performance stats measured in pounds-per horsepower (7.5) and time to the 1,000-meter mark (22.5 seconds), the racing aspirations are made even clearer. Check out our preview story for the full details on the 2010 M3 GTS.


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