Everything you need to know about the 2001 BMW M3 GTR Coupe

Everything you need to know about the 2001 BMW M3 GTR Coupe

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was a big thing back in the day. Sports car racing series in the United States and Canada with a series of sprint races based on 24 hours from Le Mans It had to be noticed from the start. No wonder why most auto manufacturers fought to appear on the car handouts and took one of the top three places. Winning the series was a matter of prestige.


But as often happens, one brand has been more successful than others in scoring high in handouts. Porsche carried overloads on the GT class of handouts in the 2000s. The The famous Porsche 911 models were everywhereWinning over and over until BMW I decided to turn the tables and make things more interesting for the viewers.

In 2001, the legendary M3 GTR was born, after the introduction of the new third series (codenamed E46). After quite a few updates and changes, the world can see the 2001 BMW M3 GTR hit the track (and Porsche) in a gusto of aggressive styling and performance.

Twenty years after launch, we still haven’t forgotten the awesome 2001 BMW M3 GTR. Today, we take a quick look at its racing background and explore its specs more closely. If you are a racing enthusiast, you don’t want to miss this short ride down memory lane.

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2001 BMW M3 GTR: An Overview of the Legendary Race Car

It’s hard not to fall in love with the BMW M3 GTR when the racing car has an aggressive design. Even those (of us) who have never competed in the popular racing series would love to just take it for a spin and show off on the streets. But there is more to this car than meets the eye. Every ALMS winner had to have an impressive powertrain to take the throne, and things were no different with the 2001 BMW M3 GTR.

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Let’s explore briefly its racing history

As mentioned, the 2001 BMW M3 GTR appeared as Porsche 911 great competitor. What BMW has done to match the other German automaker in terms of power and performance is the introduction of the 4-liter V8 engine. Other E46 versions had V6s under the hood and produced about 338 horsepower. in comparison, The new V8 gets an overall increase of 444 hpwhich was pretty amazing.

Porsche allegedly complained about the 2001 BMW M3 GTR because it was not a production car but a racing prototype. To comply with ALMS rules, BMW provided ten examples of this car. The street-legal version appeared quickly and ensured the M3 GTR appeared on the track. We’ll talk a little more about that later.

For now, it is necessary to note that the 2001 BMW M3 GTR won seven out of ten races once it met all the handout regulations. It was a fine performance that we suppose didn’t quite satisfy Porsche.

Unfortunately, the rules of racing changed again in 2002. The brand had to have at least 100 production cars (and 1,000 engines of the same model) to race on handouts. We don’t have to mention that BMW couldn’t quite pull off on such short notice. In addition, such a feat would cost a lot of money, so the eminent German automobile brand left the chain.

More details about the attractive design

Although all the hype surrounding the 2001 BMW M3 GTR Race came from the V8, we shouldn’t overlook the design. Thanks to the wide but sleek body (with huge fenders, of course), the M3 GTR has always looked great on the track. The street-legal version was the same, with excellent aerodynamics and a stylish design. It even had a completely stripped-down interior to resemble the pure design of a racing car. Therefore, the impressive price of the Street-legal version was no surprise.

The street legal BMW M3 GTR we mentioned It came out with modified specifications to suit general regulations and street regulations. Although it kept the powerful V8 engine as the racing version, the new model was limited to 350 horsepower. It also has a six-speed manual gearbox with a dual-disc drive clutch and a variable limited-slip differential.

naturally, This didn’t make the M3 GTR any less powerful. Having such a powerful car on the streets was exciting to say the least. However, BMW didn’t really want to sell those 10 versions it put out in order to comply with ALMS regulations. The high price was proof of that. The street legal M3 GTR sold for somewhere in the region of €250,000 or $400,000 at the time.

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