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HomeThe MarketBMW will sell you a turn-key M4 GT3 race car for $530,000

BMW will sell you a turn-key M4 GT3 race car for $530,000

It’s the (almost) ultimate upgrade on the new M4 Competition Coupe

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You can go to your local BMW dealership and buy the new M4 coupe — 473 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6 and 6-speed manual — for $71,800 (base price). 

Opt for the M4 Competition Coupe and for $74,700 you get 503 horsepower, an 8-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox, and a 3.8-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

Or… for $530,000, BMW Motorsport will sell you a turn-key BMW M4 GT3 customer race car with as much as 590 horsepower and eligible for IMSA and SRO GT series. Cough up another $55,000 and you also get the Competition Package with extra headlights, extra wheels, backlit door numbers, rearview camera and radar, special equipment that monitors tire pressure, spring and brake-pedal travel, and “one day of training on the BMW M Motorsport M4 GT3 simulator.”

BMW, BMW will sell you a turn-key M4 GT3 race car for $530,000, ClassicCars.com Journal
BMW Motorsport turns the M4 Competition Coupe (left) into the GT3 racing car
BMW, BMW will sell you a turn-key M4 GT3 race car for $530,000, ClassicCars.com Journal
BMW, BMW will sell you a turn-key M4 GT3 race car for $530,000, ClassicCars.com Journal

The turn-key customer race car carries the P58 M TwinPower Turbo engine based on the S58 in the Comp Coupe but with a dry-sump lubrication and other motorsports alterations. The car also has a revised 8-speed gearbox. 

According to Ulrich Schulz, head of drivetrain design for BMW Motorsport, the P58 is “the most powerful straight-six engine BMW has installed in a racing car since the days of the BMW M1 Group 5.”

The air-conditioned cockpit features the latest FIA BMW M safety seat, as well as adjustable steering wheel and pedals. Speaking of the steering wheel, BMW notes that it was created in a technology transfer between real and virtual racing, developed by BMW Motorsport and sim hardware producer Fanatec and can be used both in the car and on a simulator.

The turn-key customer race car is scheduled to make its debut June 26 in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in Germany. 

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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