BMW has presented the racing version of the BMW M6 Coupe – the newly developed BMW M6 GT3 -- at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. A number of private teams raring to compete in the 2016 season have tapped the BMW M6 GT3 to represent them in several championships and race events around the world.
In developing the BMW M6 GT3, BMW made full use of its expertise and experience gained from the success of the BMW Z4 GT3 since 2010. Compared to the BMW Z4 GT3, the BMW M6 GT3 has improved in lots of ways, specifically in terms of drivability and economy.
The new BMW M6 GT3 is powered by a series-produced engine that features M TwinPower Turbo technology. This technology allows the engine to produce more horsepower and higher torque. Since the BMW M6 GT3 features a long wheelbase and a driver’s seat positioned in the center, this racing machine provides an unmatched driving sensation.
Likewise, the longer wheelbase of the BMW M6 GT3 has the potential to improve its handling characteristics compared with the BMW Z4 GT3. Bred for the race track, the BMW M6 GT3 also features transaxle drive concept and body aerodynamics optimized in the BMW wind tunnel.
Weighing less than 1,300 kg, this new offering from BMW Motorsport is blessed with a sequential six-speed racing gearbox. BMW is undertaking efforts to tune the reliability, efficiency and ease of maintenance of the new BMW M6 GT3, as the carmaker tries to tweak the race car to meet the demands of endurance racing.
Making the BMW M6 GT3 more appealing is the customer service provided by BMW Motorsport support engineers as well as a trackside source of parts.
In May 2015, BMW Motorsport gathered its customers from around the world at the BMW M Testcenter Nürburg in Germany to give them an exclusive preview of BMW M6 GT3 plus a detailed presentation of the GT racing car by drivers and engineers.
BMW Motorsport then introduced the GT racing car to M fans during the traditional M Night event on the Friday before the “Green Hell” endurance race. Following that, BMW Motorsport presented the BMW M6 GT3 to customer teams in North America at the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in Watkins Glen.
In June, the BMW M6 GT3 made its public debut also in Watkins Glen. BMW Motorsport then introduced the BMW M6 GT3 to teams, drivers and fans at the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race in Belgium, which is considered as the most important GT race.
BMW had the BMW M6 GT3 undergo extensive testing on different circuits, thereby allowing BMW works drivers to rack up valuable kilometers and work on the basic set-up of the vehicle. This GT and endurance racer is now undergoing final fine-tuning in preparations for its debut in 2016. The BMW M6 GT3 has a net price of EUR379,000.