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Official BMW Z4 GT3 with M3 V8 engine

 Official BMW Z4 GT3 with M3 V8 engine
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

Packs approximately 480 bhp

BMW has quietly introduced the new Z4 GT3.

Created by BMW's Motorsport division, the Z4 GT3 was built to compete in events such as the FIA GT3 European Championship, the International GT Open, and the ADAC GT Masters.

Power comes from a modified version of the M3's 4.0-liter V8 engine, equipped with a 408 ECU and a Power400 control unit. Thanks to these electronic tweaks, the V8 produces approximately 480 bhp.

Other performance goodies include a six-speed sequential transmission, racing anti-lock brakes (ABS), and "rims with locking and safety clips."

Set to go on sale in the second quarter of 2010, the Z4 GT3 has an estimated price of €298,000 ($427,000 USD).

Note: 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is pictured

Source: bmwblog.com
Published Dec 21, 2009 12:00 pm By Michael Gauthier
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As part of its customer racing programme, BMW Motorsport is offering private teams another attractive car from 2010: the BMW Z4 GT3. This sports car is an impressive addition to the BMW product range and offers drivers and teams the opportunity to compete in international and national championships in accordance with GT3 regulations - such as the FIA GT3 European Championship, International GT Open and the ADAC GT Masters - as well as in 24-hour endurance races.

The BMW Z4 GT3 is powered by a four-litre, eight-cylinder engine producing approximately 480 bhp. When it comes to electronics, the private teams can look forward to innovative BMW solutions, which have proven themselves in the BMW M3 GT2: the engine is controlled by the modern ECU 408, while the Power400 control unit is responsible for operating all actuators. The transmission takes place via a sequential, six-speed gearbox. The scope of delivery also includes rims with locking and safety clips, as well as racing ABS and optional air conditioning.

The BMW Z4 GT3 in its racing version is available from the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of 298,000 Euro (plus VAT).

 

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popilirol
There's even a more expensive BMW RACE TRACK car. It's called the BMW M3 GT2, delivers 500bhp from its 4.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, has even RACE TRACK chassis/suspension/brakes and costs around 560,000 Euros. So what???
Dec 22, 2009 10:51 pm
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popilirol
Ignorance is relly natively-metled in the brains of some who are slamming BMW for the price tag. T E C H N O L O G Y has a price. Is it that much difficult to understand that sentence? Well I bet some will still reply and repeat their golden-fish thoughts without even thinking. The BMW Z4 GT3 is made for RACE TRACK, not for normal customers. Those who are whinning their a$$ about the price are more than welcome to buy the SDrive 25i. If someone wants to party, he shouldn't count the beer glasses. Got it? Uhmmm, I doubt!
Dec 22, 2009 10:43 pm
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bego
Nice cutting and pasting, but u really should give credit to the source of the info
Dec 22, 2009 10:35 am
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radmeister
http://www.rsportscars.com/bmw/2009-bmw-m3-race-version/ Sorry i forgot.
Dec 22, 2009 6:46 pm
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Narco
The confusion and comments are coming from the fact that the article is about the racing version of the Z4, yet the picture shows the Thelma and Louise version of the Z4. So people are reading the article -the $400K number really jumps out at you- but making comments on their reaction to the picture, thinking garden-variety-ivy-sweater-tied-around-the-neck Z4s will have the M3 engine shoe-horned in for almost half-a-mil. Anyway, a pic of a racing version of the Z4 would be a better visual aid. Just sayin'
Dec 22, 2009 4:05 am
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scratchy996
that just shows that how much reading comprehension some guys on this forum have. all they see is the picture and the $ sign.
Dec 22, 2009 1:55 pm
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radmeister
If anything this article has proven who the retards are on this site....."($427,000 USD).. who will buy a BMW for that price,, are they stupid???" Guys go to your local variety store and buy a Formula 1 car if you think you can get a better deal..Idiots!
Dec 22, 2009 2:39 am
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scratchy996
+1
Dec 22, 2009 2:46 am
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BavarianMS
Nice read! Thanks for the info. Very interesting actually.
Dec 22, 2009 5:44 am
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radmeister
Here is some information for you rookies; in 2001 BMW released a M3 GTR which was above the CSL, the reason for this was they wanted to join the ALMS. The problem was that they needed a V8 according to the rules. So what they did is they made a road going version which sold for about 220,000$ US. The idea was to make 10 units as the rules required, during the project the ALMS changed their rules stating that 100 production cars and 1000 engines had to be built in order to be able to compete. BMW could not do that so they scrapped the project. The price to buy then, and even now is roughly the same 470,000$. Mainly because since the car is in no way road legal you bought it for a season, these cars were purchased by TEAMS not by people because they included pit support and transportation from BMW, also your registration fees. Even today if you want to buy an M3 GTR you are still looking at 470,000$. So what does this mean? Well it means that BMW will have to produce at least 100 Z4s equipped with the 4,2L V8 in order to be able to compete. So the BIG part of this article is that in a way this is confirmation of a Z4-M with the 4.2L V8. If you want some more info on the car, it will probably share the same tech specs as the current M3 GTR: The BMW M3 Race Version: Sportiness Personified In the course of developing the race version of the BMW M3, BMW's engineers were faced with an ambitious task: to improve upon the sportiness of an already sporting car. A better base would, though, be difficult to find. In standard form the vehicle delivers powerful dynamics and sporting aesthetics. Thanks to an eight cylinder engine producing 414 bhp, BMW's customers are provided with a unique driving experience. Those engine blocks, cast in BMW's light alloy foundry in Landshut - the very source of BMW's Formula One castings - selected for race duty need to withstand even more power: the BMW P65 race engine delivers 485 bhp. In order to enable the BMW M3 to make full use of this performance on the race circuit, the experts in Munich have not concentrated solely on the engine, but have race-tuned the chassis as well. The race version of the BMW M3 is wider and significantly lighter than its production equivalent, enabling it to perfectly transmit the power of its V8 to the track. Widespread use of carbon-reinforced plastic (CRP) provides proof of substantial weight reduction. As with the production version, the race car's roof is manufactured from this high-tech material. The race version of the BMW M3 is clearly aimed at the top echelon of motorsport. As such, it is no surprise to discover that in the course of its development, begun in mid-2007, numerous Formula One techniques were applied. These include computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel analyses, both of which have ensured the best possible aerodynamic package for the BMW M3. Intelligent control systems have been incorporated throughout the BMW M3. The POWER400 control unit actuates all the accessories fitted to the car, such as lights, wipers, etc., via two bus systems. Traditional relays and fuses are thus eliminated, ensuring considerable weight saving, improved reliability and ease of application. The functions of the BMW P65 engine are managed by an ECU 408 electronic control unit, developed in-house by BMW Motorsport. The software and applications, too, have been developed by the experts in Munich. An intensive test program, during which the performance of the race car will be honed by BMW Motorsport, looms for the BMW M3 over the coming months. Development drivers will be BMW works drivers Andy Priaulx (GBR), Jörg Müller (GER) and Augusto Farfus (BRA), currently racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The aim is, after all, for the BMW M3 to be an immediate front-runner upon its comeback to the American Le Mans Series. http://www.rsportscars.com/bmw/2009-bmw-m3-race-version/
Dec 22, 2009 2:05 am
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sylvain
Mhmm think about the price of the cars its going to be racing against and then talk about its pricing...
Dec 21, 2009 11:53 pm
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bernardo
@N20 Purge: My point is that, as many already said, this is a race car, and race cars are equally expensive.
Dec 21, 2009 11:25 pm
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BavarianMS
A road going version would never exceed the price of the M3 GTS. Either way the car will be an untouchable beast if BMW is really asking that much money. They probably did not reveal some things that would justify the price-tag.
Dec 21, 2009 11:15 pm
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radmeister
Yes it would, are you crazy? If they make a road version of this in the same manner as they did in 2001 with the m3 GTR expect it to be over 220,000$. The entire body would be made out of carbon fibre, ceramic composite brakes, racing suspension. Pretty much the exact same car as the race car but with road legal exhaust system and ground clearance. Also if you read what i wrote the engine is made from the same material as the BMW F1 engine...NOT CHEAP. The current M3 GTR i believe does 0-100 in 3 seconds flat and weighs in the region of 1000kg...This car is not a joke, and it's not for private sale. I personally doubt they will release a GT3 for the road, but they will release before the start of the season a Z4-M. You guys are all on crack cocaine if you think this is comparable to a Porsche GT3, like what is wrong with you? Do you think Porsche actually races in GT3 with the same car you buy at the dealer for 160,000$??? Just the brakes and suspension are worth over 50,000$, then the entire body made out of CF, special engine, titanium exhaust and roll cage...All the cars that compete in GT3 would destroy any road going car with a few minor exceptions (Veyron and Zonda R). Also consider development cost that has to be recouperated...
Dec 22, 2009 2:34 am
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mohaon
radmeister, if its as u claim,, then i agree
Dec 21, 2009 9:38 pm
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mohaon
bernardo, you are soo stupid to think its a reasonable price for a BMW roadster GT3
Dec 21, 2009 9:35 pm
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scratchy996
http://mimg.ugo.com/200910/11727/facepalm.jpg
Dec 22, 2009 12:34 am
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Fawzi Mufti
I am going to buy this...
Dec 21, 2009 8:07 pm
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radmeister
Guys this is NOT a road car, this is a GT3 car, licensed for people to buy to actually compete in the GT3 season. It's not like buying a Porsche GT3. It's like buying a GT3 RSR. Or audi R8 GT3, none of which are cheap, and i believe when you buy the car it's an entire package including pit service and vehicle transportation for the season. It's more of a rental service for the season. You're basically buying a team for the season. I think it's a decent price.
Dec 21, 2009 8:06 pm
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jerry05cod4
thank you for making sense for the rest here... i was trying to get this point across earlier. I can't believe ppl thought this car was meant for their special track car collection.
Dec 22, 2009 12:20 am
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joelynn
its a race car... without any photos and no road-going version. If you're not a motorsport fan this isn't really big news.
Dec 21, 2009 8:03 pm
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Xenicide
What you people fail to realize is that when/if that car is offered in the States, the price is going to be a lot lower. We've seen it with every new car that is posted. The normal conversion from Euros to USD leaves many people flabbergasted (funny word :D), but when the price is announced for the US, it's a lot lower. Still, that's a lot of money. :O
Dec 21, 2009 7:31 pm
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scratchy996
i don't think they sell this in the US, it's made for European championships. even if they sell it to an American team, they would sell it without the VAT, but do a direct currency conversion because this is not a mass volume car like the street legal cars. low volume European cars usually are not sold at all in the US because they are not commercially viable, like the M3 GTS for example. you are right, the high volume European cars are sold in the US well below the direct currency conversion.
Dec 22, 2009 2:46 am
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MTC
Seems like alot of people is mistaken it as a race car... wish BMW make a softer road going version though, just wish...
Dec 21, 2009 6:22 pm
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jerry05cod4
Note: see comment above yours
Dec 22, 2009 12:22 am
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GRAVE
"the Z4 GT3 was built to compete in events such as the FIA GT3 European Championship, the International GT Open, and the ADAC GT Masters" Cars which compete in these championships are expensive
Dec 21, 2009 6:18 pm
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FloPoe
what I read in on the bmw page about this says that the above mentioned figures are NOT for a road legal car - they are for customer orientated racing car. a street version of this should come out (just like the old M3 GT) but would definitely be cheaper than that. http://bmw-motorsport.com/ms/en/races/customer_racing/car/z4_gt3.html
Dec 21, 2009 6:05 pm
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norther
this what i was taliking about... a v8 zm4, with a hardtop, and a pricetag of 300.000 :))))))) jesus bmw, are you really retarded? how's that for a bombshell for this xmas gentlemen; 300.000 for a zm4 =))
Dec 21, 2009 5:55 pm
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scratchy996
best troll ever !
Dec 22, 2009 12:39 am
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Nezaros
Note: 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is pictured Actually thats not the 35 iS, its the regular version with the M-tech kit, 35iS has matte silver mirrors and the rear diffuser is not fully black, right?
Dec 21, 2009 5:48 pm
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AG4
Yes, to be specific its actually just an sDrive30i with an M Sport aero kit, i've seen higher res photos of the silver car. http://www.worldcarfans.com/109121423520/2011-bmw-z4-sdrive35is/highphotos#7 *Notice that it also has a twin tip exhaust on the left side, the sDrive35i&35is have twin exhausts (one on each side).
Dec 21, 2009 6:23 pm
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BrianWCF
Thanks it's been corrected.
Dec 21, 2009 7:59 pm
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