In the fall of 2015, BMW unveiled the race spec M6 at the Frankfurt show, proclaiming their intent to join the FIA-GT3 category races from 2016 with this newly minted machine, named the M6 GT3.
The M6 GT3 is the successor to the Z4 GT3, which had been competing in the FIA-GT3 category since 2010. Unlike the relatively compact Z4 GT3, the M6 GT3 is sizable, measuring approximately 5 meters in length and more than 2 meters wide. Its wheelbase is not only more extended than the Z4 GT3 but also surpasses the production model by 5 cm, thereby optimizing its dimensions for both stability at high speeds and improved handling performance.
Decked out with broad fenders on all sides, aerodynamically designed front and rear bumpers, and a towering rear wing, the M6 GT3 ticks all the boxes of a GT race car while preserving the aesthetic charm of the M6 design.
Its body is predominantly composed of carbon. The frame structure has undergone reinforcement, and the suspension system has been entirely redesigned, making it quite distinct from the retail M6. Under the hood, it boasts a 4.4-liter V8 engine with a Twin Power Turbo, fortified and fine-tuned to churn out a stock power of 576 BHP.
In 2016, the M6 GT3 made its debut on the racing circuit with formidable race teams. Among these was Walkenhorst Motorsports from Germany, a team that consistently performed well in the highly competitive VLN endurance series. ‘Gran Turismo’ series producer, Kazunori Yamauchi, also participated in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race with this team, handling the M6 GT3 to finish 22nd overall.
|Appears in||Gran Turismo Sport, Gran Turismo 7|
|Category in GT Sport/GT7||Gr.3|
|Engine||4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo|
|Max Power||583 BHP|
|Performance Points||726.67 PP|
|Weight||1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||2.23 kg (4.9 lb) per horsepower|
Optimal Shifting Points
|From||1st Gear||2nd Gear||3rd Gear||4th Gear||5th Gear|
|To||2nd Gear||3rd Gear||4th Gear||5th Gear||6th Gear|
|Wheel Speed km/h||116.6||145.3||176.3||209.3||243.3|
|Wheel Speed mph||72.45||90.29||109.55||130.05||151.18|
Please note that these are just theoretical shifting points based on the values above.