BMW has showcased their new M6 GT3 race car at the M Festival in Germany.

BMW has showcased their new M6 GT3 race car at the M Festival in Germany.

Set to enter competition next year, the model is based on the M6 Coupe and features an aerodynamic body kit that includes a new front bumper, revised side skirts and a prominent rear wing.  The car also has an FIA-approved safety cell and a roof hatch which can be used to escape the vehicle in the event of a crash.

Power is provided by a "slightly modified" version of the company's 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine.  It produces 500 PS and "impressively high torque."  It is connected to a six-speed sequential racing transmission which should enable the car to pretty quick as it weighs less than 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs).

According to BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, “The BMW M6 Coupe obviously provided us with a sensational base, on which to develop the new car. That makes it twice as much fun for our engineers, working hand in hand with their colleagues at BMW M, to transform it into a car for the racetrack."  He went on to say "We are hugely looking forward to the first race outing of the BMW M6 GT3 in 2016. I am sure we will continue to add chapters to our motorsport success story with this car."

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