Back in 2000, when he was BMW The E46 M3 does not make a cut in 12 hours from Sebring, FloridaBMW knew it had to get bigger and better. The powerful 6-cylinder engine is in the M3 He couldn’t hold out because it was built as a road-going model and lacked the reinforcement to succeed in Florida. This was when BMW went into a racing modified version of an already modified car. The updated M3 got some serious powertrain upgrades and omitted some features resulting in daily driving matches.
The car was so powerful and Porsche had to claim that BMW was stretching things too far and making the competition unfair. This is when the Automobil Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which also organizes Le Mans 24 Hours, decided to put BMW into rebuilding the M3 GTR By adding 100 pounds of weight and 20% more air intake and building 1,000 road vehicles.
The 10 M3 GTR was only built because new rules made it impossible to build the car in the 12-month production schedule, but the M3 GTR remains one of the rarest BMWs ever.
What is hidden under the hood?
What makes this M3 GTR so special that everyone is going crazy? Well, the fact that the M3 GTR was the first M3 to feature a killer V8. BMW is known for its superior driving performance and Certainly their M Series is the pinnacle of German motorsport. The 10 M3 GTRs that were built quickly became a very valuable and collectible stock for BMW enthusiasts.
The newly developed engine that replaced E46 M3 inline six The V8 engine was short-stroke. The name-coded P60B40 engine features an aluminum block, aluminum head, dual overhead camshaft, and 4 valves per cylinder. This engine came naturally aspirated and features additional details like a dry sump, locking rear differential, and wide body angles. This engine was capable of 450 horsepower, Although BMW modestly reported that the engine reached a peak of 350 horsepower. The engine was paired with a Hewland six-speed transmission.
If we want to put that into acceleration telemetry, the M3 GTR hit 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, 0-100 mph in 7 seconds, and finished the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph.
To make things clear, this engine was only shown on the M3 GTR and has not been made available to the public. Only 10 cars were built which makes the existence of the M3 GTR a legend, but it does exist. It’s fair to assume that with a $250,000 MSRP in 2001, those looking to buy one today would have to pay a high premium.
Racing details you should know
The BMW M3 GTR differed from the original M3 in more ways than one. First of all, the M3 GTR lacked all the matches of everyday driving, such as the radio and rear seats. Who needs a 183mph radio anyway?
The M3 GTR got a massive rear spoiler to keep the car on track and allow better airflow aerodynamics: this was originally a carbon fiber spoiler. Besides, there are other carbon fiber parts on the car that make the M3 GTR extremely lightweight. The carbon-fiber bonnet is fitted with fully functional air vents and a distinctive wide-body carbon-fiber array that sets the M3 GTR apart from the crowd. The M3 GTR also features a custom side exhaust. This has been specifically manufactured by BMW without compromising the structural rigidity of the cabin or the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
Here’s what it takes to buy one today
Sadly, 10 M3 GTRs were originally available, two of which are now owned by BMW Group Classic. Other 8 M3 GTRs are believed to be missing. Latest online listing for The M3 GTR was 7 years ago and the list is not actual anymore.
There are many custom builds on the actual M3 powered road, which use an S62 engine with a wide body kit, larger fender flares, a massive spoiler and BBS wheels to make a replica of the M3 GTR but nothing comes close to that. An M3 GTR P60B40 will only be available through BMW and the actual cost to build the vehicle will far exceed the original MSRP of $250,000.
Is there any specific price for the M3 GTR? If you’re lucky to have one on sale, then any price would be a good price for an original M3 GTR, which will likely be over a million dollars. Until now, Looks like the BMW Classic will keep the M3 GTR for a long time in its secret garage And if you’re looking to buy an M3 GTR, all you need is luck and a bag of cash.
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