• Mar 4, 2010
BMW Motorsport Z4 GT3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Late last year we told you that BMW would be creating a race-ready Z4 GT3 for customers who participate in motorsports, and we now have official images of the too-hot Z4 in all of its glory. We've always liked the styling of the Z4-based coupes, and this GT3 spec is certainly a looker.

BMW has shoehorned the M3's 4.0-liter V8 under the hood of the Z4 GT3, and when managed by a Type-408 ECU and Power400 control unit, the high-revving V8 cranks out a whopping 480 horsepower, and a six-speed sequential gearbox sends all of that power to the rear wheels. ABS and central-locking wheels are standard, and for consumers who want an extra touch of civilization, air conditioning is optional.

BMW will be offering the Z4 GT3 to consumers in the second half of this year, with an estimated price of around 298,000 Euro (that's over $405,000 based on current exchange rates). Hit the jump for the official words from BMW Motorsport.



[Source: BMW Motorsport]
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BMW Z4 GT3.

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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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's some diffuser. This car is really going to heat up the arms race in GT3 this season.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather have that engine in an E36.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're tellin' me :p

        Even the current 3.0 would be nice. It's practically an s52 in itself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, the first 2nd gen Z4 that I think looks good! Too bad it's not an actual road car. The first gen (in stock form, anyway) looked so much sportier and nimbler than the current gen. Now it just looks like a fancy-pants boulevard cruiser. Well, until the BMW Motorsports division got a hold of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You could probably build this thing for way less than 408,000, if you're a good enough mechanic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. A V-8 in that thing?
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL---smells like the E46 V8 BMW campaigned for two years on the grounds they were going to sell 500 of them to homologate the vehicle. It never happened, BMW got kicked out of the series (although they just beat the pants off everyone) and that was that.

        Now we have the fatso M3 V8 and this, umm, racecar.

        I bet it goes two years and then gets banned.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolutely stunning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please let me use it as a daily driver? I don't care how impractical it would be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kiss that front airdam goodbye on the first crack in the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be OK with it if I didn't have to get the graphics package...
        • 4 Years Ago
        indeed. imagine this thing passing you on the highway!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't they try this before by putting the M5 V8 into the M3 and were then told to leave because of homologation rules? I guess it just depends on the series.
      They could probably race in the Grand-Am Series, since they allowed a Pontiac GXP converted to RWD and V8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Josh:

        Definitely. The M6 GT that participated in the recent Rolex 24 in the sourced the S62 (V8 found in the E39 M5).
        • 4 Years Ago
        The ALMS GT2 E46 GTR had a 4.0L V8, apparently it was called a P60B40. It was not ever put in a road car. That is the one that won the championship and was later banned.

        The Grand-Am GT class E46 had an S62 (M5 4.9L) which was not banned. Now the M6 is running the S62 instead of the S85 V10 which the road car has.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Porsche you should be comparing this to is the 911 GT3 Cup, not the GT3RS. The GT3RS is not a full on race car like the GT3 Cup car is. That said though, a fully race ready GT3 Cup can be had for around $150,000 Euros, a bit more than $203,000. Still half the cost of the BMW Z4 GT3 car. And those prices are before VAT is added, which is 19% in Germany, making the BMW around $480K.

      One other thing, to all the guys saying they would love this car to drive on the street, trust me, you wouldn't. I race in GT2 and I've raced various other cars and believe me, the hard suspension, super low seating position, limited visibility, coupled with incredible heat, difficult to get into and out of, etc., etc., will quickly change your mind. Haven't you seen the Top Gear episode where they go off to find the greatest road "In The World'? Jeremy Clarkson was in the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Richard Hammond was in the Porsche 911 GT3RS, and James May was in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24 race car? May was absolutely miserable! And the N24 is not as hardcore a race car as either the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car or the BMW Z4 GT3 car. Lesson learned, if you want a race car to drive on the street, get a Porsche 911 GT3RS or a Lamborghini Gallardo (but not the Superleggera, Clarkson thought it wasn't worth the extra money). And on that bombshell, good night!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry for the repost, meant this as a reply to suraj.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow thats so sickk... but i was thinking what if you just bought a Porsche GT3RS then did some tuning to the suspension, then dropped in a V8 like the Ruf GTR3.... then maybe line them up on the Nurmburgring.... im positive we all kow who would win, and you woould save well over $200,000 (and i know you cant directly use the exchange rates)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tom

        I don't disagree with your statements about how rough a car like this would be to live with on a daily basis, but two of your statements about the value of a car like this are a bit out of wack.

        Any serious racing team is set up as a business and therefore the VAT can be written off on a new equipment purchase, 19% discount. And while the GT3 Cup or Cup S is suppose to be the benchmark for the FIA's equalization formula for GT3, in reality is not on the ultimate pace of cars like the R8LMS or the Matech Ford GT. So with that said if you are a top flight team looking for overall wins this is the car for you, if your a wealth gentleman with a desire to go racing in one of the many GT3 championship all over Europe and you're not going to be challenging for wins on a regular basis, the Cup or Cup S is definitely a better value for the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Porsche you should be comparing this to is the 911 GT3 Cup, not the GT3RS. The GT3RS is not a full on race car like the GT3 Cup car is. That said though, a fully race ready GT3 Cup can be had for around $150,000 Euros, a bit more than $203,000. Still half the cost of the BMW Z4 GT3 car. And those prices are before VAT is added, which is 19% in Germany, making the BMW around $480K.

        One other thing, to all the guys saying they would love this car to drive on the street, trust me, you wouldn't. I race in GT2 and I've raced various other cars and believe me, the hard suspension, super low seating position, limited visibility, coupled with incredible heat, difficult to get into and out of, etc., etc., will quickly change your mind. Haven't you seen the Top Gear episode where they go off to find the greatest road "In The World'? Jeremy Clarkson was in the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Richard Hammond was in the Porsche 911 GT3RS, and James May was in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24 race car? May was absolutely miserable! And the N24 is not as hardcore a race car as either the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car or the BMW Z4 GT3 car. Lesson learned, if you want a race car to drive on the street, get a Porsche 911 GT3RS or a Lamborghini Gallardo (but not the Superleggera, Clarkson thought it wasn't worth the extra money). And on that bombshell, good night!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very true.. BMW's race offerings are straight awesome, but always grossly overpriced.
        Might as well buy a GT-R and throw some parts at it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh, I hope the tuners see this, a V8 Z4 sounds fun.
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