BMW is preparing to retire the well-known Z4 GT3 race car but the good news is that it will replace it with something even better, the M6 GT3. That’s right, a GT3 version of the BMW M6 Coupe will continue the success story of BMW in 2016. BMW said that it will start the first tests with the new M6 GT3 in the first quarter of 2015 and customers will be able to buy their new vehicle from the end of 2015.
This means that the first customers who will buy the M6 GT3 will be able to compete in the 2016 BMW Sports Trophy. According to BMW, orders will be accepted over the course of 2015 and the exact date from which these can be placed is yet to be announced. Just like the production version, the M6 GT3 will use the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, modified specifically for racing.
In addition, the chassis will be optimized by hand for the specific demands of the racetrack, while the vehicle will receive a new body kit with an impressive rear wing and air diffuser.
For those who don’t know, the standard M6 Coupe carries a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 560 hp (412 kW) between 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque from 1,500 rpm.
As a result, the M6 Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 12.6 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. If you want more, BMW offers the M Driver’s Package, which increases the top speed to 305 km/h or 189 mph.
BMW has unveiled the newly developed BMW M6 GT3 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, hoping to see the new GT racer fielded by a number of private teams for the 2016 racing season. The new M6 GT3 racer will be taking part in a number of championship series and GT events around the world as part of the BMW Sports Trophy.
The racing version of the BMW M6 Coupe is the result of experience and expertise gained by BMW Motorsport since 2010 with its hugely successful predecessor, the BMW Z4 GT3. Thanks to this buildup, the M6 GT3 delivers superb levels of drivability and economy.
For instance, the new M6 GT3 is powered by a series-produced engine -- with M TwinPower Turbo technology -- that develops more power output and torque than the mill inside the M6 Coupe. This engine, along with its centrally positioned driver's seat and long wheelbase, allows the new M6 GT3 to deliver an unmatched racing experience.
Having a net price of EUR379,000, BMW M6 GT3 doesn’t even weigh 1,300 kg. Aside from its low weight, the new M6 GT3 has other attributes that distinguish it as BMW Motorsport’s new racer: its transaxle drive concept, its sequential six-speed racing transmission as well as wind-tunnel optimized body aerodynamics.
The carmaker is expected to tune the efficiency, reliability and ease-of-maintenance to be able to meet the demands of endurance racing. Since its wheelbase is longer, its handling characteristics are expected to be much better on the BMW Z4 GT3. In addition, customers will be able to rely from the services of BMW Motorsport support engineers and a supply of necessary parts.