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The latest GT3 with which BMW M will be represented on-track next season has made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new M6 GT3 – which replaces the outgoing Z4 GT3 after five seasons of competition – will compete across next season’s United Sportscar Championship, and will be available to customer teams for 379,000 euros (approximately $425,000).
Powered by the same 4.4-litre M Power Twin Turbo V8 as its road-going alter-ego, the GT3 is capable of 577bhp and – given its sub-1300kg kerb weight – packs a 451bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio. However, balance of performance regulations could well see that figure limited. Said V8 is mated with a six-speed sequential racing gearbox, while the M6 GT3 – which also boasts a longer wheelbase than the Z4 it replaces – also comes equipped with an FIA-approved rollcage, sports suspension, a fixed rear wing, a new aero kit (plus front splitter and diffuser) and a centralized driving seat.
Frankfurt also marked the debut of the M6 Competition Pack, the fastest and most powerful BMW M6 yet. Powered by the same 4.4-litre V8 as the GT3, the Competition produces 592bhp and 516lb ft of torque – plus aerodynamic mods – to produce a 0-100kph time of 3.9 seconds.