BMW has teased the successor to the M6 GT3 – the M4 GT3 – which will debut in 2022.
BMW says development and testing for the new car has already begun, the model to be based on the next generation of BMW M4 road cars. Currently, the M4 platform is used for its GT4 customer racing product.
The race car has been in development for several months and will undergo intensive testing next year. It will take over as the Bavarian brand’s flagship customer model, the BMW M6 GT3, which has been in action around the world since 2016 and has brought home wins including at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
The production model BMW M4, which forms the base for the BMW M4 GT3, is powered by a six-cylinder engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo Technology that achieves more than 500 hp. The engine and chassis of the road vehicle are the basis for the development of the GT3 racing version. With this goal in mind, the BMW M engineers have built an engine – the S58 – that boasts “impressive engine characteristics and explosive power delivery”.
“With our new GT3 project, we are emphasising the significance of BMW M Customer Racing. It is a central pillar of our motorsport programme,” said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“With the introduction of the new GT3 regulations for 2022, the BMW M4 is the perfect base. The core product from our colleagues at BMW M is yet again just great.
“Without wanting to give too much away, the BMW M4 GT3 will be a real highlight in terms of optics and technology. The term ‘icon’ is definitely appropriate here.
“We want to play a major role in international GT racing with the BMW M4 GT3, as its predecessor did at its victories at the 24-hour races in Spa-Francorchamps, at Macau and in many other race series around the world. Development is already at full speed.
“The rollout is planned for the second half of 2020.”
Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH, added: “It is only logical that future top models in customer racing will be based on the next generation of the BMW M4. We will already be setting new standards in terms of sporting performance in production, which is why it makes sense to present the new GT3 sports car on this platform as well.”
While the 2020 season will be one of development and testing, regular tests in race conditions are planned for 2021.