2010 BMW Z4 GT3 review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 22 March 2010 , 21:03:33 byDan

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BMW Z4 GT3

Bavarian carmaker BMW developed the Z4 GT3, a model which was officially launched and completed its first test drives at the start of March. The first units have been delivered to private BMW teams, who will prepare them for use in various national and international championships. The production version is already impressive. Thanks to its elongated bonnet, flared wheel arches, long wheel base and narrow projections the car boosts an unmistakable appearance. The biggest difference between production and racing car can be found under the bonnet. While the production version of the BMW Z4 is driven by a 6-cylinder engine, the GT3 is powered by a 4.0-liter 8-cylinder engine similar to the unit used in the BMW M3 GT2. This ne is capable of developing 480 BHP. Its excellent performance characteristics and good torque curve make the base engine from the production version of the BMW M3 predestined for use in motorsport. All the output is being sent to the wheels through a six-speed, sequential transmission with Quick Shift function. The front axle of the BMW Z4 GT3 is a completely new design, based on a series concept. It is equipped with a tubular stabilizer bar with adjustable blades. The rear axle is designed as a longitudinal link axle, as with the series version of the BMW Z4. A safety cell made of extremely rigid, precision steel tubing is then welded into the body. As with all cars in the BMW customer racing range, the emphasis was also put on cost-efficiency when developing the BMW Z4 GT3. The results indicated that the car offers a very good cost/performance ratio and gives private teams the opportunity in affordable motorsport at the highest level. The price for the model as a racing car is EUR298.000.