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  BMW Z4 M Coupe GT

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:2006 - 2008
Introduced at:2006 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:September 11, 2006
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Click here to download printer friendly versionUnveiling in Geneva: On the occasion of the Automobilsalon, Prof Dr Burkhard Göschel, BMW Group Board Member Purchasing and Development, introduced a new racing car for customer motor racing. The Motorsport Version of the BMW Z4 M Coupé, which has already made a big impression as a production model, is the first two-seater BMW Motorsport offers for customer teams. When it came to the development, BMW faced a huge challenge: The car had to have what is needed to race successfully on the world's most demanding and spectacular racetrack, the Nürburgring's famous Nordschleife. The new motorsport coupé can be used by private BMW customer teams in the German Endurance Championship and in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race. The power unit of the beefy coupe is a BMW Motorsport designed 3.2-litre in-line 6-cylinder engine delivering about 400bhp, with the suspension area in particular benefiting from the knowledge gained from the successful BMW M3 GTR project.

With its varied component ranges, BMW Motorsport and BMW Racing Parts Distribution offer customer teams a new technology platform for use in many miscellaneous international racing and club sport series, with the Nordschleife enthusiasts not being the only interested party, as the brawny coupe also represents the perfect car for use in the Belgian Belcar series and other, non-European, endurance series. The kit can be ordered from May 2006 at BMW Motorsport and is available for an estimated EUR 250,000 (plus VAT).

It was set to debut at the 2006 Spa 24 Hours race in the hands of Duller Motorsport, but teething problems forced the customer team to withdraw. A little over a month later the gremlins were removed and the car was ready for its competition debut in the Britcar 24 hour race on Silverstone. Fighting off strong competition with a stunningly reliable run, the striking BMW coupe scored a debut win.

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