BMW’s M Motorsport department has unveiled the new BMW M4 GT3 ahead of the upcoming fourth round of the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race. The M4 GT3 will run it’s first test race in the Nürburgring Endurance Series on 26 June 2021 as the Bavarian firm’s new flagship GT racecar heralds the final phase of testing.
“The development work on the BMW M4 GT3 is now on the finishing straight, and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is the perfect stage on which to present the car in its BMW M Motorsport design and thus to herald the final phase leading up to the first race outings,” Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH, says.
Based on the BMW M4 Competition (read our first impressions here), the M4 GT3 racer “offers state-of-the-art technologies” thanks to the firm’s technology partners. According to the German automaker, the M4 GT3 test mule has undergone “more than” 14 000 test kilometres which, BMW says, “is the equivalent of more than 70 hours of track time”.
Compared to its M6 GT3 predecessor, the biggest improvements made to the M4 GT3 are in the areas of driveability, cost efficiency and operation. According to BMW, the M4 GT3’s handling and cockpit equipment are more comfortable for amateur drivers, while the car is easier on the tyres and offers greater consistency. Operating the M4 GT3 has been made “far easier”, BMW says. This comes as the result of the driver being able to configure the basic driver settings via the steering wheel without having to connect a laptop.
The M4 GT3 is powered by BMW’s P58 engine, which is mated to an Xtrac six-speed transmission. The 3,0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six, BMW says, produces up to 440 kW. As a reminder, the BMW M4 Competition‘s 3,0-litre twin-turbocharged S58 inline-six motor produces 375 kW.
The goal for the M4 GT3, BMW says, was “to significantly reduce lifecycle costs and maintenance expenditure compared to its predecessor, the M6 GT3. Following the launch and race debut in June, the BMW M4 GT3 will undergo more tests and race outings before it is delivered to the first customers, who will compete with the car all over the world in 2022”.
The BMW M4 GT3 will set you back €415 000 which, in South African money, amounts to R6 858 779,70. As an ex-factory option, the M4 GT3 can be had with the “Competition Package”. However, if this track-focused M4 is out of your budget, there’s been a report, stating that a new BMW M4 CSL might possibly see the light come 2022.