Big and Angry: The BMW M6 GT3 Looks to Raise the Bar in 2016
In road-going trim, the 2016 BMW M6 is an absolute bruiser. The super coupe/convertible totes a hefty 4,250 pounds, arrives replete with luxurious fittings, and unleashes a titanic 600 horsepower in tip-top form. That resume may not make the M6 a logical shoo-in for a world-conquering, lightweight race car. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what BMW has created, and according to the firm—this new BMW M6 GT3 is off and running in good form. The M6 GT3 takes over BMW’s customer GT racing responsibilities in 2016, replacing the achingly-gorgeous Z4 GT3, which has seen racing duty since 2010. Whereas its predecessor summons approximately 535 horsepower (depending on air restrictors), the new BMW M6 GT3 is claimed to boast up to 585 hp, and does so utilizing a relatively unmodified version of the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 from the standard M6 road car. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 BMW M6 GT3 Race Car
Test results from BMW works drivers earlier this year revealed the M6 racer to be a nimble creature too, with driver Jens Klingmann praising the car’s handling over the outgoing Z4 GT3 and crediting its longer wheelbase.
Per FIA GT3 regulations, the M6 has also cut a substantial amount of weight in its track transformation—now said to tip the scales at just 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs.). Underneath the M6 body lies a steel racing chassis with an FIA-spec safety cell, as well as carbon fiber crash structures at both ends…and likely few luxuries to speak of.
The company also revealed the M6 GT3’s running costs are dramatically lower than the Z4 it replaces—around 30 percent lower, thanks to experience gleaned from the Z4’s racing program.
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If you’re thinking of running your own BMW M6 GT3 in a 2016 GT racing series, all you’ll need to do is plop down €379,000 (around $421,000 at today’s rates). The ordering process is said to officially open up on September 15, in tandem with the grand reveal of the race car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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