Get ready for the best M4 ever.
BMW has remained tight-lipped about performance specs for the upcoming M4. However, while teasing its upcoming M4 GT3 race car, the German automaker let slip that the new road-going BMW M4 will be getting at least 500 horsepower from the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. And, if the teaser picture is an indication, the M4 will, indeed, be getting the controversial grille we first laid eyes on at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show when BMW unveiled the BMW Concept 4. The current BMW M4 makes 455 horsepower, so a bump up to 500+ horsepower is going to be a substantial one.
The M4 GT3 race car has been in development for several months and still has plenty of testing ahead of it. When it's released into the wild, it'll take over from the BMW M6 GT3 as the top tier race car and be made available to privateer teams around the world to campaign competitively. The production M4 provides the chassis and building blocks for the race car. In turn, the racecar's development influences the road car, particularly in the form of the S58 engine. According to BMW, the M4 GT3 will start rolling out during the second half of 2020.
The 2020 season will be based around development and testing, while regular tests in race conditions are planned for 2021. "With our new GT3 project, we are emphasizing the significance of BMW M Customer Racing. It is a central pillar of our motorsport program," said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH, said: "It is only logical that future top models in customer racing will be based on the next generation of the BMW M4. We will already be setting new standards in terms of sporting performance in production, which is why it makes sense to present the new GT3 sports car on this platform as well."