The BMW M6 GT3 is one step closer to replacing the Z4 GT3 race car. Set to debut for the 2016 racing season, the M6 GT3 recently made its maiden test run at BMW’s test track in Dingolfing, Germany.
There’s still plenty of time before BMW finalizes the race car’s specs, but here’s what’s known so far. Power will come from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that will make more than 500 hp, which isn’t a surprise considering the road-going M6 makes 560 hp. Quick shifts will come for a six-speed sequential rear-axle transmission and the racer's curb weight is estimated to be less than 2900 pounds.
The test car in the photo is sporting lots of camouflage, but there’s no hiding its body kit. The front end is dominated by gaping air scoops and heat extractors, while the lower and upper rear fenders also have air vents. The most noticeable aerodynamic aid, of course, is the massive fixed rear spoiler. Other modifications include a dry sump oil system and a safety cage developed and built by BMW Motorsport.
The BMW Z4 GT3 has had a long run, first entering the racing scene in 2010. Power comes from a modified version of the E90 M3’s 4.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 and is rated at up to 528 hp.