Track-ready 2018 BMW M4 GT4 has a starting price of 169,000 euros

Article by Christian A., on May 29, 2017

German automaker BMW has recently announced that its most hardcore 4 Series, the 2018 BMW M4 GT4, can now be acquired, for a corresponding fee of course. The German automotive company primarily revealed plans for a GT4-spec M4 Coupe last year and recently after testing the vehicle over 12,00 miles, BMW confirmed that the hardcore M4 GT4 is ready.

A year has passed since BMW Motorsport revealed its specific plan in doing a GT4-spec M4 Coupe race car, and now the factory-built vehicle is being unveiled in full following the 20,000 km (12,472 miles) of gruelling tests.

Positioned between the M235i Racing and the M6 GT3 flagship vehicle, the upcoming M4 GT4 is considered as a mishmash of the regular road savvy M4 Coupe and the bulkier sold-out GTS version, all combined in a lighter vehicle. The inline 3.0 L turbocharged engine that can produce around 431hp and 7 speed dual-clutch automatic transmission have been solely based on the road version car and accustomed for the new track made application.

The engine's overall yield is not yet finalized as there's a whole array of modifications to select from. This is made possible with its power sticks that allow the team to pre-program the chosen level of power. Moreover, this is the first ever race car coming from BMW Motorsports that flaunts power sticks, which are considered the plug and play system so the team can directly make any changes deemed appropriate in any given situation.

Based directly from the said GTS is the carbon fiber hood, and its doors are made from the same lightweight matter. The chunkier body developed in the wind tunnel for hours also has a bigger wing to aid the downforce at the back axle while at the front, a motorspec front splitter is found that is also modified to enhance aero. The intense sound produced by the 6-cylinder engine passes through its racing exhaust system.

Moreover, further novelties also include a stripped out interior fitted with only a sole seat procured from the M6 GT3 from where the fresh M4 GT4 has also sourced its brakes and pedal box. The German marque also disclosed that the idea behind the cabin is to attain the most comfortable position as possible to make sure the driver behind the wheel will focus on the most important part -- driving.

The upcoming M4 GT4 has been assessed by different BMW work drivers and it will speed through once again this weekend at the famed Nurburgring 24 hours in the BMW Sports Trophy with the sole purpose of knowing more about the said race car. It will experience the notable race track together with another M4 GT4, a media car that is driven by the famed British motorsport journalist Jethro Bovingdon. Fancy owning a M4 GT4? It can be yours for €169,000 (plus VAT). The up and coming BMW M4 GT4 is also scheduled to be sent to customer racing teams for the 2018 season.

Press Release

Sales launch for the newly-developed BMW M4 GT4

Customers can now order the new BMW M4 GT4, the latest model in the BMW Motorsport product range. The technologically advanced car has completed over 20,000 kilometres of tests, multiple hours in the wind tunnel, extensive application runs for fine-tuning purposes, and successful test outings under race conditions.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, together with Dirk Adorf (GER), who was heavily involved in the testing of the car as development driver, launched the sales phase during an exclusive customer event at the Nürburgring (GER). The BMW M4 GT4, which is ready for use thanks to a comprehensive starter package, will cost 169,000 Euros (plus VAT).

“Even after many years, the launch of a new car is still one of the absolute highlights for me as BMW Motorsport Director,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt at the presentation event in the paddock at the Nürburgring. “The start of the sales phase sees us reach another milestone with the BMW M4 GT4. We are looking forward to seeing the car enjoy success in the hands of our customer teams from 2018. We are offering our customers a sophisticated and reliable GT4 car, which incorporates all of BMW Motorsport’s expertise, coupled with the strong basis provided by the BMW M4 Coupé. The development of the BMW M4 GT4 focussed on mileage, cost efficiency and ease of maintenance.”

Production technology meets motorsport innovation.
This is guaranteed by the use of proven production technology and innovative developments from the BMW M6 GT3. The engine and transmission, including control electronics, were adopted from the BMW M4 Coupé (combined consumption: 8.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 194 g/km). The carbon bonnet comes from the BMW M4 GTS (combined consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 g/km). In addition, the BMW M4 GT4 has carbon-fibre doors, motorsport-specific front splitters and rear wings, and a racing exhaust system. The seat, brakes and pedal box make use of solutions that are also included in the top model in customer racing, the BMW M6 GT3. The interior concept is designed entirely for the comfort of the driver, so that he or she can focus fully on driving.

The BMW engineers went in a totally new direction in terms of engine control software. The BMW M4 GT4 is the first BMW Motorsport car to be fitted with power sticks, which can be pre-programmed for different engine performance levels. Thanks to the system, which has been approved by the SRO Motorsports Group and is well protected against manipulation, Plug-and-Play gives BMW Motorsport customers the ability to react quickly and flexibly to changes to the Balance of Performance in various races.

Next big test: 24h Nürburgring.
In recent months, the BMW M4 GT4 has been tested by many BMW works drivers, Juniors and customer racing drivers at various racetracks, with different tyre types and in a wide range of external conditions. The purpose of this testing was to adapt all the technical applications, such as the DSC stability system and ABS, to meet the demands of motor racing in as much detail as possible. The car has already proven its reliability and performance in races on the Nordschleife and at the 24 Hours of Dubai (UAE).

The outing at this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours is the next tough test in the development of the BMW M4 GT4. Dirk Adorf (GER), BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard (GBR) and Jörg Weidinger (GER), test and development engineer at BMW M GmbH and himself a very successful participant in the BMW Sports Trophy for many years, will use the endurance classic to gain more valuable knowledge about the new car. They will race at the Nürburgring 24 Hours alongside British motorsport journalist Jethro Bovingdon (GBR) in the BMW M4 GT4 media car, with the support of tyre partner Hankook. Never before has a journalist had the opportunity to drive a pre-production BMW car like the BMW M4 GT4.

Technical Data of the BMW M4 GT4


Length excl. splitter:

4,671 mm

Length incl. splitter:

4,750 mm

Width excl. mirrors:

1,877 mm

Width incl. mirrors:

2,014 mm


1,369 mm variable


2,812 mm



Six-cylinder in-line, four valves


M TwinPower turbo technology, direct injection, Valvetronic


2,979 cc


More than 431 hp (depending on balance of performance)

Engine management:

Production engine electronics – output via power stick can be adjusted according to defined BoP

Exhaust system:

Motorsport-specific lightweight exhaust system


FT3 safety tank
Capacity: 125 litres (depending on regulations)

Chassis with DMSB-certified welded safety roll cage (compliant with FIA regulations), manufactured by BMW Motorsport
Roof, doors and bonnet made from CFRP
Makrolon® discs (heated front disc)
Motorsport front splitters made from CFRP
Motorsport rear wing made from CFRP, customisable
Motorsport dive plane made from CFRP
Air jack system
Bonnet and hatchback quick-release lock
Lightweight motorsport wiring harness

Motorsport-specific control connections
Adjustable motorsport stabilisers front and rear
Specially adapted motorsport shock absorbers (Öhlins) front and rear
Springs, each with three spring rates for the front and rear axle available

7-gear dual clutch transmission with motorsport software
Mechanical differential lock with separate cooling
Purpose-built output shafts with wheel bearings adapted for motorsport (rear axle)
Drivers Aids

Stability systems specifically adapted for BMW Motorsport (DSC/ABS)

11 x 18 inch alloy wheels
Tyre dimensions: 300/660 R18 (delivery on Hankook tyres)

6-piston, fixed calliper front, AP Racing
Diameter of brake disks: 390 mm
4-piston, fixed calliper rear, AP Racing
Diameter of brake disks: 355 mm
Balance beams for adjusting the brake balance at the front and rear
Double-suction brake air cooling

Source: BMW

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