BMW M Motorsport’s latest machine has made the trip to Hockenheim ahead of 2023 when it will begin racing in GT4 competitions around the world. The track car was on hand at the BMW M Trackday this weekend at the famous German circuit after its world premiere last month at VIRginia International Raceway.
It’s our first chance to hear the roar of the S58 engine in the new GT4 application, developing 550 horsepower (405 kilowatts) according to the regulations. It’s also the same output you get in the street-legal M4 CSL, which uses a variation of the same twin-turbo straight-six mill. Needless to say, the 3.0-litre unit looks much more aggressive in the race car as it doesn’t have to comply with the many noise and emissions restrictions of a road vehicle.
Borrowed from the big brother M4 GT3, the lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof as well as the adjustable rear wing use natural fibers. Drivers will have 10 levels of traction control to play with, as well as five ways to adjust the front and rear anti-roll bars. H&R springs have three different rates and work with KW Motorsport bi-directional dampers.
It may be a race car in its own right, but the new M4 GT4 offers some rather unexpected creature comforts. BMW M Motorsport has fitted a heated windscreen as standard, not to mention air conditioning and a ventilated Recaro seat. The set costs €187,000, which is a bargain considering that the GT3 version is priced at €415,000.
Production is expected to start in October with the first customer deliveries to be made just in time for the 2023 racing season. Meanwhile, the M4 GT4 has already completed a test run in camouflage livery on the Nordschleife and is being evaluation this weekend at the 24 Hours of Portimão in Portugal.
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