As part of its customer racing program, BMW’s motorsport division will be offering private race teams a brand new model starting from next year. The latest addition to the racing lineup is the new BMW Z4 GT3 but unlike the regular roadster (pictured) on which it’s based, the new race car will be fitted with a M3-derived V-8 engine.
Offering 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 new Z4 GT3 joins a growing list of customer race cars offered by BMW, including the previous M3 GT4 and more recent M3 GTS.
The Z4 GT3 will come powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 producing approximately 480 horsepower. Using technology derived from the more extreme M3 GT2 race car engine, the potent powerplant in the Z4 GT3 will also sport a Power400 control unit for its electronic management and a 6-speed sequential manual gearbox.
First deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2010 and pricing is estimated to be around $425,765.
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