• MOTORSPORT - FIA GT 2010 - FIA GT HTTT TESTS - LE CASTELLET (FRA) - 21 TO 22/02/2010 - PHOTO : JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - FIA GT 2010 - FIA GT HTTT TESTS - LE CASTELLET (FRA) - 21 TO 22/02/2010 - PHOTO : JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - FIA GT 2010 - FIA GT HTTT TESTS - LE CASTELLET (FRA) - 21 TO 22/02/2010 - PHOTO : JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR / DPPI
There's something rotten in the state of Bavaria when BMW's M division is more keen to tune out crossovers than roadsters. While the previous-generation Z4 and the Z3 that preceded it both had M versions, the current Z4 has been conspicuously absent from the hall's of the BMW performance division. That could all change if the bean-counters see a good business case for a Z4 M, but in the meantime we're reportedly slated to get something even crazier: the V8-powered Z4 GT3.

The competition-spec model loses the folding roof in favor of a fixed one reinforced by a full roll cage. It also gets racing slicks and a much more aggressive aero package. But the fun part is the V8 engine from the outgoing M3, tuned to 480 horsepower and paired with a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Inside Line has it on good authority that the Z4 GT3 will soon be available to privateer racers in America, but it will, of course, be restricted to closed tracks. And considering it costs the equivalent of over $400,000 in Europe, it hardly fills the gap left by the absence of the street-legal Z4 M we're still pining for.


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      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is car the best looking out there.
      Teleny411
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a z3 (and e30) & found the first gen z4 hideous. I like the new one, but God is it pricey! I'd hate to see what the want for an mversion.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats a nasty looking race car.
        f1rst 1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        I hope by "nasty" you mean totally freaking awesome.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always thought this should be their GT-2 car, not the barn-like 3 Series.
      David Keo
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh my, that is one exciting looking vehicle. usually i make fun of people with shopping cart spoilers but wow form and function mesh into a thing of beauty.
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      The price of a new Z4M would put it against some pretty impressive performing competition. Maybe the M division is waiting for that tri-turbo v6 ... I still like the roofline on the e86 better. New gen looks hot with roof down... roof up I'm still not sold.
      Tarantula
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only bmw these days to be worthy of the badge (apart from the M's)........
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