The BMW E92 M3 GTS is one of the most desirable variants of the M3 ever produced and, as it turns out, is also the perfect sports car to drift around an empty proving ground.
This clip from Top Gear shows everyone’s favorite tamed racing driver, The Stig, getting particularly tail happy with the M3 GTS. Everyone knows that The Stig is a master behind the wheel, but ordinarily, he drives cars on the edge of their grip at the Dunsfold Aerodrome and doesn’t actually try to break the rear tires loose.
Evidently, the mysterious driver is also very comfortable driving with smoke pouring out from the tires.
BMW only made 135 examples of the M3 GTS. Whereas the standard model had a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, the GTS came with a larger 4.4-liter engine. Nowadays, where most performance cars use forced induction, it’s very rare that an automaker will increase the displacement of an engine in the search of more power, instead opting to increase boost, making the M3 GTS all the more special.
BMW’s engine upgrades saw power rise to 444 hp, while mated as standard to the new engine was a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission powering the rear wheels and allowing the car to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds.
Various weight-saving measures were also made, including the fitment of polycarbonate side and rear windows, the removal of the rear seats, and various other lightweight materials, which resulted in stripping away 136 kg (300 lbs) of unnecessary weight.