• Dec 21, 2009
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BMW Motorsport has announced a lust-worthy addition to its growing line of customer racing offerings in the form of the BMW Z4 GT3.

Although BMW hasn't released pics yet, the factory-built Z4 will be powered by an uprated version of the M3's 4.0-liter V8 currently fitted to the race-ready M3 GT2. Controlled by a Type-408 ECU and Power400 control unit, the 4.0-liter V8 is good for a claimed 480 horsepower and sends its ample grunt through a standard six-speed sequential gearbox. Central-locking wheels, ABS and a host of other kit will allow the Z4 GT3 to campaign in a number of sanctioned events, including the FIA GT3 European Championship, International GT Open, ADAC GT Masters and several 24-hour enduros.

Deliveries begin in the second quarter of 2010, with an estimated price of 298,000 euro, or over $425,000 on a straight exchange. Full details and ordering information available in the press release below the fold.



[Source: BMW Motorsport]

PRESS RELEASE


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). If interested, please send an email to Z4GT3@bmw-motorsport.com or send a fax to +49 89 382 208 55.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I know it's race car, but man, I wanna make it into a street car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello Sparrk.......you need to do a bit more research. Callaway only entered 2 of the races in the series you posted., and scored points in both. They had won so many races in that series since 2006 that they supported customer Z06R's in France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium. UAE, and Germany where they were indeed "the best" car. In Germany they again won the GT3 ADAC Masters championship. They have dominated in Europe since 2006, but now is Audi's time.
      I stand by the statement that Corvette and Audi R8 are the most competitive GT3 cars. If you have a sponsor who wants to enter a BMW but not win....then buy this car or your Morgen. As you say, and I agree......GT3 is hotly contested, but not by always the best GT drivers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lot of money for a hairdresser's car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want three pedals!
      Please BMW you are my last hope. What is it with these sequential multi clutch slush boxes???

      You introduced the M5 with 7 speed SMG only and you had a revolution on your hands and had to offer a proper 6 speed the year after.

      Come on, this is the second Z4 performance package that is auto only.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LaserRed,

        Given that most $90K+ cars are driven by middle aged people, and that most traffic near S.V. is stop and go, couldn't you make the same comment about just about any car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously come on. The only people I see driving M5s around this area (and there are a LOT in Silicon Valley) are middle-aged Asian women in stop and go traffic. Same goes for AMG anythings. Or older white guys, no longer interested in shifting for themselves.

        You want a well-balanced sports car with a proper manual, look to Nissan, Ford or Porsche (and even THEY will try to sell you their insanely fast PDK). Audi, Subaru and Mitsubishi will offer you an AWD sedan/wagon version, but the wagons are hard to find.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh the ignorance! "sequential multi clutch slush boxes." Sequential, Multi-Clutch, and "Slush boxes" are three different kinds of transmissions. The first is a type of manual that's easy to automate, the second is an advanced automatic that is in no way "slushy" and the third is a traditional torque converter based automatic.

        Manual transmissions are slower than an automated sequential setup, so putting the former in a race car would make no sense. You're never going to drive this car so quit your whining.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is for racing, in case the price tag and lack of street legality didn't clue you in. The people who buy it care more about going fast than about feeling superior because they have stickshift skills. Well-sorted dual-clutch cars are faster around a track, every time, than stickshift cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jordan, either you or I really misunderstood something here. Either I'm not confused on what kind of transmission this car has, or you're confused about what a slushbox is. The term slushbox refers to the torque converter in many automatics. Research how a torque converter works, and you'll see why. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe this car's transmission has a torque converter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Guys I know this car has no torque converter. I was just trying to make a point.
        Maybe I am doing it on the wrong car but the last Z4 from last week that is going on sale here in a few months will only be available as a 7 speed auto.

        What if the next 3 series had no manual transmission?? would that not be sacriligious?

        People dont floor it and race at every stop light of every intersection of every day of their lives. I dont care if a PDK is 0.01 second faster than a proper manual, it is just not the same.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most mid to high level road race cars have sequential transmissions. Manual transmissions are slow shifting and prone to human error. Here is a video of a true sequential racing transmission taken from an ALMS car and put into a street Z06 just for fun.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipC8Ire-cNg

        SMG and DSG are NOT racing transmissions, and will likely NOT be used in this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you learned your lesson not to mess up, ie:, get your facts straight, on this board?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @J

        Eh, I guess. My point was there is a high population of AMG and M vehicles in this area, and none of them are driven by "enthusiasts" who want to shift for themselves. Really sad in my opinion, that all these M5s are relegated to shopping mall duty. It would be nice if they were owned by someone who took them to Sears Point or Laguna Seca once in a while. And I guarantee you, most of them don't.

        That and the M and AMG models are what link these cars to their racing counterparts (who as mentioned almost all use sequential manuals now), is it really surprising that BMW is abandoning "proper manuals" in its M cars? The market that these models cater too (at least in the US) has transitioned to the people who just want the most expensive model in the showroom. They don't care about the heritage or sporting capabilities. It's just a status symbol, just like any other BMW or Mercedes. They just happened to spend more on their 5-series than the other guy. So therefore, they are better than you because their M5 cost more and there are less on the road. You think they care about a clutch and row-your-own gearbox? Think not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still ugly.

      But likely will be a very fast, focused car.


      All I can say is that Cayman "RS" had better step up, and provide a united front with the 997 GT3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Racing is expensive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      M3 engine in this??? Who is going to buy a heavier, uglier, and slower car for more... wait 298,000 euro???
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh. Sorry. But, new models tend to get lots of attention/sponsors/media coverage when they debut in whatever race series they are in. The 350Z's did well in 05 when they came out in Grand-Am cup, then the S197 Mustangs were all the race the following year.

        Most likely, a Z4 body can be made much lighter than the larger M3 in race trim, and probably has better aero properties as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You do realize it is a RACE CAR?

        The Mustang based FR500c race car cost over $125,000 and that runs in a lesser series and is based on MUCH cheaper machinery.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah. Hints its not street legal. I was talking about the M3 GT3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought I was the only one who thinks the Z4 is ugly. I don't think it will be slower though, it might be pretty fast. However, for that price, I would rather get the Noble M600 which is around the same price. Or Porsche, Lambo, Aston Martin, whatever. Just not this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear, BMW.

      Place this engine in the normal Z4, provide the necessary chassis and suspension upgrades, and call it the Z4 M. I know it sounds too easy, but I honestly don't think it has crossed your mind yet.

      Start it at $65,000. You can send me one for free, as a show of gratitude for the idea.

      Thank you,
      Syllepses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, $70,000 might be more in line with the existing Z4/3-series price structure.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doctor your killer has arrived.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe with that motor the M3 sedan could keep up with a CTSV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im guessing no retractable roof...
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