Skip to main content

BMW’s M6 GT3 prepares for racing glory

In 1975, a BMW 3.0 CSL won the 12 Hours of Sebring, establishing BMW’s reputation as a performance brand in North America, and helping start the carmaker on the path to where it is today. Forty years later, a new BMW racecar is ready to follow in the CSL’s tire tracks.

Unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the BMW M6 GT3 is a racing version of the big sporting Bimmer coupe. It will replace the current Z4 GT3 on the track in both the U.S. and Europe when the 2016 racing season begins.

Like other GT3-spec cars, the M6 uses a production-based body shell and engine, but is extensively modified for racing duty (you won’t find that rear spoiler in the BMW parts catalog). BMW claims an increase in power over the outgoing Z4 GT3, and says the bigger M6 also handles better than the car it will replace.

While BMW factory teams will likely race the M6, the car will also be made available to customers. Prices start at 379,000 euros ($336,270), but at least BMW throws in parts and technical support from its Motorsport division.

GT3 cars are becoming a hot ticket among manufacturers who want to promote their wares through racing. Cars that are based on actual production models help companies tie their racing efforts to what’s available in showrooms more easily, something that’s led to a recent flood of GT3 racers, ranging from the Bentley Continental GT to the Lamborghini Huracán.

The M6 GT3 will likely appear in race series on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., BMW currently works with Rahal Letterman Lanigan to run two Z4 racers in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, while privateer teams run cars in that series and the Pirelli World Challenge. Expect them all to switch to the M6.

For those who don’t have a racing license, BMW also unveiled the road-going M6 Competition Edition in Frankfurt. This enhanced version of the M6 boasts 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from the current twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8.

Editors' Recommendations

2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback, RS Q8 confirmed for 2019 LA Auto Show
global debut of second all electric audi e tron at la auto show 6354 laasheroimage

Audi has picked the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show to make the global debut of the 2020 e-tron Sportback. Several other models will make their global debut here as well; the 2020 RS models including the Audi RS 6 Avant and the RS 7, and -- as a highlight -- the global debut of the high performance SUV, the Audi RS Q8.

The e-tron Sportback is the most anticipated debut for fans of Audi, this being only the second all-electric vehicle produced by the German automaker. The five-passenger SUV coupe is equipped with standard electric quattro all-wheel drive and is expected to get just over 200 miles of range on a full charge. It will accept a 150 kilowatt DC charge that in a brief 10 minutes can give you 54 miles of range. Audi will give e-tron owners 1,000 kWh of charging to use at Electrify America fast-charging stations within the first four years of ownership.

Read more
2020 Audi A8 gains plug-in hybrid powertrain, sporty S8 model
2020 audi s8 news specs performance



Read more
BMW stripped weight and added power to make its pint-sized M2 even better



Read more