BMW's new M4 GT4 car might be the only place that face looks good.
If you ask us, there's not a whole lot of places the new BMW M4 and M3's grille works. In fact, there's only one place it might be even slightly acceptable. This is it. BMW's new M4 GT4 race car. You can buy one, too, provided you have the team to run it. It's not cheap mind you. Sans team (and tires), the new M4 GT4 car will run you $195,967 USD. For that money, it had better be faster than an M4 CSL, and it is. BMW debuted the newest M4 GT car ahead of the SRO event at Virginia International Raceway.
"We took on the challenge to develop a successor to the highly successful first-generation BMW M4 GT4", said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M. "Using a wide range of customer feedback, our experienced development team and the new sixth generation BMW M4 based production car has led to a faster, reliable and very emotional all new BMW M4 GT4."
This new M4 even has some luxury highlights, though they may be more of a necessity at some tracks. That included both A/C and a heated windscreen. The Recaro seat even has ventilation for drivers. Still, it's not as if this isn't every bit a race car. The M4's bodywork has been significantly reworked for better aero, which includes that huge wing, as well as better cooling for the brakes.
But you're all wondering about power. This uses a motorsports version of BMW's stock M3 and M4 inline-six twin-turbo, here producing up to 550 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque depending on regulations. That's hooked to a ZF 7-speed automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels via a Drexler limited-slip differential. BMW doesn't mention weight, but given all the racecar-ness and the carbon roof, it's safe to say this car is near 3,000 lbs.
Inside, things are predictably bare-bones. Fanatec makes the wheel (yes, the sim racing guys), which looks to be made of forged carbon fiber. BMW also has a new M Track Cockpit, which helps to optimize any information the drive may need. Aside from your basic race car switchgear, that's about it. Weight savings is the name of the game here, and it shows on the interior.
BMW says the new M4 GT4 is entering the last of its testing. That'll include taking part in the next Nurburgring endurance race and the 24 Hours of Portimao ahead of the car's October 2022 production start date.