In 2016, the BMW M6 GT3 replaced the BMW Z4 GT3, which has been in action since 2010. The car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which has been modified for use in motor racing. The power train has dry sump lubrication and generates up to 585 hp – with the whole car weighing less than 1,300 kilograms.
Further technical characteristics of the BMW M6 GT3 are the drive concept, six-speed sequential racing transmission, and high-performance motorsport electronics. The aerodynamic properties of the chassis have been optimised in the BMW wind tunnel. The engineers worked meticulously to fine-tune the BMW M6 Coupé, which formed the basis for the new car and was already perfectly suited to outings on the racetrack.
Priority was given to ensuring maximum driver safety. To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against the effects of an accident, BMW Motorsport itself developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell in accordance with the very latest safety standards. The engineers also placed great importance on efficiency and ease of maintenance, as well as reliability, which is particularly crucial at the 24-hour classics. The development of the BMW M6 GT3 incorporated all the experience that BMW Motorsport gained with the car’s successful predecessor, the BMW Z4 GT3. For example, the new GT3 racing car boasts many improvements, particularly when it comes to driveability and economy. The positioning of the driver’s seat towards the centre of the car and the long wheelbase make driving the BMW M6 GT3 a unique experience in the world of motor racing.
The BMW M6 GT3 lines up for customer teams at the 24-hour classics at the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps, at the 12 Hours of Bathurst in Australia, at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau, as well as at the best GT race series in the world. The spectrum ranges from the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring in Germany, through the European Blancpain GT Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America and the Japanese Super GT Championship in Asia, to the Australian GT Championship.
The GTLM version of the BMW M6 GT3 is adapted to the ACO regulations. It's fielded by BMW Motorsport in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.