BMW’s new GT racer, the 2016 BMW M6 GT3, has had its first outing at the company’s Dingolfing-based test track.

THE BMW M6 GT3 will be eligible for national (Germany) and international racing duties from 2016 with BMW works driver Jörg Müller (DE) at the wheel.

“It is a fantastic moment when you walk into the garage and see this stunningly beautiful car. I am very proud to have taken it out for its first few kilometres. A roll-out is obviously just an initial performance test but, on the whole, everything was very good and we had no problems. The engine really impressed me. It is powerful and has good torque, which is important for a car like this. I am confident that BMW Motorsport will provide its customers with a fantastic racing car, in the BMW M6 GT3,” Müller said.

The BMW M6 GT3 runs a tweaked 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine which puts out in excess of 500hp (373kW-plus) in a beast weighing less than 1300kg. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential racing transmission, while the aerodynamics of the thing and chassis have been optimised using BMW’s wind tunnel.

“This is a big moment for everyone who has worked so intensely and passionately on the development of the BMW M6 GT3 in recent months,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.

“This car incorporates all the experience we have gained in recent years on the endurance and GT racing circuits. We are well on schedule with the development, and are confident we will be able to take to the track in 2016 with a package that is competitive from the outset. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved with this fantastic project.”

More information will be revealed as the project rolls on.


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