BMW has announced a new addition to its line-up of GT racing models. The BMW M6 GT3 will replace the BMW Z4 GT3 from 2016. Development of the car is underway, with initial tests planned for the first quarter of 2015.

The M6 GT3 is based on the BMW M6 Coupé, the newest version of which was released in 2012. That was seen as a more aggressive take on the 6 Series than had gone before, but understandably it has nothing on the GT3.

"We want to demonstrate the high product substance of BMW M cars in motorsport with the BMW M6 GT3," says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. "We are all very excited to see it in action at the initial tests. One thing is certain from the first design sketches: this car is going to have the wow factor."

The car will be powered by a 4.4-liter BMW M Twin Power Turbo 8-cylinder petrol engine, which is similar to the production model but has been modified for racing. The chassis, meanwhile, is being hand-crafted at the BMW Motorsport workshop in Munich. BMW says the GT3 will feature "the very highest and latest standards in motorsport development, such as racing gearbox, racing ABS and racing electronics."

BMW will start taking orders for the M6 GT3 in 2015 and it is expected to debut in the BMW Sports Trophy in 2016.

Source: BMW

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