BMW M6 GT3 unveiled at initial performance test

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BMW’s replacement for its successful Z4 GT3 competition car was unveiled at BMW’s Dingolfing test facility.

“This is a big moment for everyone who has worked so intensely and passionately on the development of the BMW M6 GT3 in recent months,” said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport director. “This car incorporates all the experience we have gained in recent years on the endurance and GT racing circuits. We are well on schedule with the development, and are confident we will be able to take to the track in 2016 with a package that is competitive from the outset. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved with this fantastic project.”

Powered by a production-based 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine, the race version gains dry sump lubrication and generates over 500 hp. The car has a total weight of less than 1,300 kilograms and has a variety of features to transfer that power to tarmac, such as a ‘transaxle drive concept’, a six-speed sequential racing transmission, and an upgraded electronic loom.

“It is a fantastic moment when you walk into the garage and see this stunningly beautiful car,” explained Super GT driver Jörg Müller, who drove the M6 GT3 at launch. “I am very proud to have taken it out for its first few kilometres. A roll-out is obviously just an initial performance test but, on the whole, everything was very good and we had no problems. The engine really impressed me. It is powerful and has good torque, which is important for a car like this. I am confident that BMW Motorsport will provide its customers with a fantastic racing car, in the BMW M6 GT3.”

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