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BMW M6 GT3 to Replace BMW Z4 GT3 for 2016 Season

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/7/2014 Jason Udy

The BMW Z4 GT3 race car’s days are numbered. The automaker will replace its current GT racer with the new BMW M6 GT3 race car for the 2016 season. BMW has already begun development of the new M6 GT3, with initial testing expected to begin early 2015.

Like the BMW Z4 GT3, the new BMW M6 GT3 race car is based on the production car, but optimized for GT3-spec competition. But unlike the Z4 GT3, which uses a homologated naturally aspirated 4.4-liter V-8 derived from the E90 M3 's powerplant, the M6 GT3 uses a modified version of the production M6 Coupe’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. The M6 GT3’s chassis has been upgraded by the BMW Motorsports tuning shop in Munich to handle the rigors of racing. Additionally, the transmission, ABS, and electronics are retuned to racing spec.

© Provided by MotorTrend It's unclear if the switch will affect the Z4 GTE, which is based on the GT3 version and currently races in the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship's GT LM class. New GTE regulations come into play for the 2016 season, which coincides with the M6 GT3's arrival. But since the GTD class is adopting full GT3 specifications beginning that same year, we could also see customer M6 GT3s in that class, which requires a mix of pro and amateur drivers.

The BMW M6 GT3 will be available to order during 2015, with deliveries beginning toward the end of the year.

Source: BMW

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