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Every time someone tries to beat
the 911 GT3 RS, it only serves to remind us that Porsche really is the king of
the fast road-track weapon category, but the new AMG GTR from Mercedes is the most serious challenger we've seen
for years, and BMW's M4 GTS looks on paper like
it could give the Porsche a headache, too. Let's go and slide. This is the AMG GTR,
which is massively confusing, because I thought all GTRs were Nissans. As you can see, on the first acquaintance, blimey, this on a cold, dark day,
is a real handful. You have to be quick with your hands,
but when you get there, it's got some balance. Now, it's a bit slippery, but earlier,
I drove this thing when it was dry, and I was mighty impressed. From the front of the car–
really great front-end grip. Like everything else in the class,
it's got this Cup 2 Michelin, which is so clever and so sticky, but these super wide tracks on this car
give it such a planted feel. Doesn't take much steering. If you just turn the car, it goes there,
and it's fast and ripping. Come back a bit further, it's got
really good balance front to rear. The steering is just the right speed
for the way the car wants to move, so it's quite slidable but also very sharp and accurate, you want it to be. Engine, it's just magnificent.
It's so powerful. There's so much torque
from those turbochargers, but then it wants to go at the top end
as well. I think what I find most impressive is
that this is an easier car to drive fast than the standard AMG GT and S.
I've not driven this new C version. This is… this is a joy, this thing. I mean it's so clear already that, for me, this surely is going to be about this
and the Porsche. I can't believe that BMW
can live with this thing. This is a seriously fast car, and it feels so flat as well.
I got the dampers on the middle setting. It just feel super composed.
Kind of butchers the road into submission. The changes from GTS to GTR
are actually too numerous to list here, but here's some:
power is up to 585 horsepower, boost is up from 1.2 to 1.3 5 bar, wider wings cover 46 millimetre front
and 57 millimetre rear track increases. There are closer gear ratios,
allow a finer drive, rear-wheel steering, active front aero,
a carbon prop shaft, new springs and dampers. You get the gist. This is a very very serious piece of kit,
and all that costs 143,000, which is strange because that's
what people are currently asking for second-hand BMW M4 GTS. Is the BMW really good enough
to justify that? Driving position,
really good steering wheel, about where I need it. I'm not sitting too low, so I can see
down the bonnet line. That noise. This is some very good work from AMG. I'm much more impressed
than I expected to be. This is a proper rival to the Porsche RS. I didn't think I'd be saying that. As for the poor BMW, well, my first bit
in that car was a lot less than positive. Right now, I'd be amazed
if it can get anywhere near this thing. Let's find out. The weather has changed,
as you might have seen, so I can't tell you too much objective
about what I'm doing right now, but I can tell you about what it was like
to drive earlier, when it was a bit drier. This is silly now, in fact, to do this
and concentrate and talk at the same time might be problematic, so what you need
to know about the M4 GTS is that I'm not a massive fan. I think the cabin is special.
I think it looks ok from the outside. The gold accents maybe not what I want. But I don't really get it as a package,
because people are asking 140,000 pounds sterling for these,
you know, over list price, and I know they're rare, but this just gets absolutely lunged
by the Mercedes and the Porsche. BMW has squeezed 500 horsepower
from the M3's 3-litre turbocharged 6, and it's lighter than the AMG, even with the new water injection system
and it's tank in the boot, but this is ultimately a 3-series shell. There are lightweight materials
everywhere. The front splitter is adjustable. There are three-way coilovers,
bigger roll bars, a titanium exhaust,
and the roll cage is optional, but you'd have it, of course you would. It feels too upright. It feels too much
like a Saloon car. The suspension doesn't go at all.
It's jittery everywhere. It doesn't really want to absorb bumps,
but then it feels quite lazy as well, so it feels really soft
but doesn't feel supple, and it lacks control,
so it's a very frustrating package. The engine, the boost when you drive is
really quite difficult to manage at times, and it just arrives like that
and you think, "Oh my Lord". So…of all the cars,
it is the most difficult to drive but it's not the most rewarding, and it's comfortably the slowest.
The brakes are okay. In anything
other than perfectly dry conditions, I'd take an M3 30th-anniversary Saloon
over this, every single time I really would,
because I think is a nicer car to drive. You can skid it about as well, but it should be able to do
more than that, shouldn't it? It sounds good. The gold roll cage is quite amusing, but I expect so much more from this car. I didn't like it the first time I drove it
and today hasn't altered that opinion. I just– not their finest moment, but the M2 is amazing, the M3 Saloon
I love. It just doesn't work for me. Frustrating, because it should do it.
It shold be the perfect car. And I love this thing.
I should want to own one. In these conditions, it's nigh unlethal. I think that's enough. I think, actually, that's enough. Grace. So this is the one they all want to beat and they have to beat, because the DD3 RS is the finest road-going track tool
that does it all, isn't it? Although, sadly most of the ones
being sold in the UK have been sitting in people's garages,
not being used, so they'll just speculate on them,
but that's another story altogether. This car is magnificent. This particular example has done
30,000 hard miles in the hands of idiots
like me and it still feels tight. XLG is a legend, so what is it
that makes this car so special? Well, the weather today is terrible,
so it's not at its best. It has to struggle to make that front end
work the best of times. But this car just has got what you need, so the front axle works. That extra track width means
you've got a very wide front tyre, so to the car turns well. This steering is the best here by a mile. The MG's steering is good and accurate
and gives you good sense of resistance, when you put input through it. The way it turns is just remarkable. It's got traction good is rear-ended, and the massive rear tyre,
which is straight from the 918 Spyder, and then you've got an engine normally aspirated revs to well over
8,500 rpm, and it's just so exciting. And you get more and more
the higher up you go. Gearbox, the best here,
the fastest changes. Listen to that. So exciting! And part of the reason why I have to be
critical of the GTS is that this orange car exists:
the GT3 RS, The one they all want to beat. You know this car by now. Four-litre atmospheric flat six,
8,500 rpm. Lighter than the others. Massive wings.
Wider tracks than a G3. Vents on the front arches. It's basically a racing car
with number plates, and if you're serious about track driving,
it's just about perfect. It's got the most aerodynamics
of any car here. You just know that you could pound round
the Nurburgring for a weekend and then just come home again,
and it would be absolutely fine. I think that's part of its appeal.
It's just so robust, but it's so exciting. Can you hear that noise? Wow. Yet it's got aircon, it's got Bluetooth,
it's got a decent hi-fi. The AMG runs this thing very, very close. In fact, closer than any car
I've ever driven against a GT3 RS of any type, be it 996 or 997. But there's an emotional aspect
in terms of connection about this Porsche that even the Merc can't match. The normally aspirated engine is so
important to that, and so is the steering. So is the way it looks.
It's just immense. It is. Even two years after it was launched,
the best car of its type. Merc, well done. BMW, must try harder.
Porsche, still a daddy.