Busy sports news to come for BMW, which will soon unveil the new M3 but also the M4 family. The latter appeared in preview in camouflage uniform.
Sponsor of the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix and partner of MotoGP through its various Safety-Car models, BMW took advantage of the recent MotoGP race on the Red Bull Ring to present the camouflaged prototypes of the BMW M4 Coupé and its racing variant, the M4 GT3, which, according to Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH, "Were developed in parallel with each other, (and) therefore both have the same genes." While waiting for the world premiere, scheduled for September 2020.
An energetic engine
The new BMW M4 Coupé will be available in two performance versions: an "entry level" of 480 horsepower with
a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 510 hp “Competition” model and an 8-speed Drivelogic M Steptronic transmission. A full version Xdrive is planned thereafter. The main component shared by all BMW M4s is the new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, code name B58, equipped with M TwinPower Turbo technology, already implemented on the latest X4M, which has the ability to climb in revs up to 7000 / min and deliver a maximum torque of 600 Nm. The double turbo direct injection has been designed so that the engine reacts to the slightest demand on the accelerator with the quickest possible reaction.The GT3 racing version will make its debut in 2021 on a few events, before completely replacing from 2022 the M6 GT3 which is entered since 2016.
Unsurprisingly, we find on the M4 and M4 GT3 the new gaping grille with very horizontal double bean, already seen on the 4 series, and which continues to divide. The grille of the M4 Coupé goes down to the bottom of the bumper, while on the right you can see the sensor area for the driving aids. The GT3 obviously has very wide fenders, larger air intakes and an even more aggressive headlight design. A look quite close to the DTM… That's good news, as the German championship, victim of massive manufacturer desertion and loss of interest in sedan racing, is seriously considering switching to GT3 regulations to continue.
Our opinion, by leblogauto.com
BMW is working out its weapons in a GT3 category that is unquestionably successful, and where Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, Aston Martin, etc. compete against each other. The M4 GT3 has a much nastier "mouth" than the M6 GT3 and its muscle kit is better suited to this famous grille, which has not finished dividing …