BMW M4 GT4 racer muscles in for 2018 launch | CAR Magazine

BMW M4 GT4 racer muscles in for 2018 launch

Published: 28 July 2016 Updated: 28 July 2016

► First sketch of BMW M4 GT4
► Customer race car due in 2018
► New racer for GT4 category

BMW Motorsport has breathed its magic on the M4 to make this close-to-production race car: the M4 GT4.

It exists only as a sketch for now but it’s due late next year, in time for the 2018 season. It’s based on the regular roadgoing M4 Coupe, and this sports car replaces the M3 GT4 (below) in Munich’s privateer catalogue.

The new M4 GT4 sticks with the twin-turbocharged 425bhp straight-six engine of the production car, but adds the carbonfibre bonnet from the GTS, carbonfibre doors, race aero addenda and a bespoke exhaust; the seats, brakes and pedal box are all carried over from the M6 GT3 racer.

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The M4 GT4 will be offered alongside today’s range of the M6 GT3 and the M235i Racing – and it will be eligible for race events in Europe, North America and Asia.

‘The GT4 category is currently experiencing a boom,’ said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt. ‘It offers affordable motorsport with cars of technical high quality and, therefore, attracts a wide target audience.

‘We see enormous potential around the world for privateer BMW teams for whom the BMW M4 GT4 is an option. Developing a classic customer racing car such as this and offering it to privateer teams has always been one of BMW Motorsport’s core competencies.’

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words