BMW Motorsport announces M3-engined Z4 GT3

BMW Motorsport announces M3-engined Z4 GT3

BMW Motorsport have revealed a new addition to their Motorsport catalogue which will be available from the second quarter of 2010 onwards. The Z4 GT3 is listed as being powered by the 4.0 litre V8 engine found in the current M3, but suitably upgraded for motorsport use.

BMW have said in the past that the M3’s V8 engine was not suitable for the new Z4, hence the recent S35is in lieu of an M version, however perhaps this Z4 GT3 may point towards a road version being available at some point in the current model’s lifespan.

The 480 horsepower engine mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox unrelated to the M3’s double-clutch DCT system.

The price is currently estimated at ‘around’ 298,000 Euros plus taxes (approx. £250,000), which might seem a lot, however bear in mind that this car replaces the E89-based Z4 M Coupe race car which was priced at 250,000 Euros back in 2006 and was powered by a ‘mere’ 400 bhp.

As part of its customer racing programme, BMW Motorsport is offering private teams another attractive car from 2010: the BMW Z4 GT3. This sports car is an impressive addition to the BMW product range and offers drivers and teams the opportunity to compete in international and national championships in accordance with GT3 regulations – such as the FIA GT3 European Championship, International GT Open and the ADAC GT Masters – as well as in 24-hour endurance races.

The BMW Z4 GT3 is powered by a four-litre, eight-cylinder engine producing approximately 480 bhp. When it comes to electronics, the private teams can look forward to innovative BMW solutions, which have proven themselves in the BMW M3 GT2: the engine is controlled by the modern ECU 408, while the Power400 control unit is responsible for operating all actuators. The transmission takes place via a sequential, six-speed gearbox. The scope of delivery also includes rims with locking and safety clips, as well as racing ABS and optional air conditioning.

The BMW Z4 GT3 in its racing version is available from the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of 298,000 Euro (plus VAT).