BMW M Motorsport has teased its upcoming G82-generation M4 GT4 racer with a digital render on its social media platforms.
“We are excited to start intensive testing of the new BMW M4 GT4,” says the company in its Facebook post.
Confined exclusively to racetracks due to its motorsport upgrades, the new M4 GT4, just like the current model, is expected to be made available to racing teams around the world in limited numbers.
The digital render shows the rear three-quarter angle of the racer with its Porsche 911 GT3-esque swan-neck rear spoiler and large rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips.
There’s a brief glance at the front canards and splitter in the render, although it doesn’t show what kind of grille the racer will have.
It’s expected the M4 GT4 will have a large grille frame like the regular M3 and M4, with an open design borrowed from the more serious, more expensive M4 GT3 racer revealed alongside the production model.
Everything else about the rendered vehicle appears to be virtually identical to the regular M4 if you look past the Tron-like design flourishes.
At this stage it’s expected the new M4 GT4 will be revealed in 2022, and will replace the existing model that debuted in 2018.
The current-model M4 GT4 is powered by the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine as the road-going version and produces more than 350kW of power according to BMW M Motorsport when running on racing fuel.
This is all mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission tuned specially for motorsport purposes that sends power to the rear wheels exclusively.
Other modifications to the current M4 GT4 over the road-going model include six-piston AP Racing fixed caliper brakes at the front and four-piston AP Racing fixed caliper brakes at the rear, FIA-compliant safety roll cage, adjustable anti-roll bars, motorsport shock absorbers, and a light-weight exhaust system.
There’s also a light-weight carbon-fibre-reinforced polymers (CFRP) roof, bonnet, front splitter, rear wing, doors and front canards.
During its first racing season in 2018, the M4 GT4 racked up 33 class wins and almost 100 podiums, as well as the title win in the GT4 category of the British GT Championship.
The current M4 GT4 is receiving an ‘Evo’ package in 2021 according to BMW M Motorsports that’s said to make the racer “even more competitive as well as more cost-effective going forward”.
It’s uncertain if this will be linked to the new-generation M4 GT4 racer or not.
This track-only racer based on a road-going car isn’t the only example available from BMW M Motorsports.
Pictured: BMW M4 (left) and BMW M4 GT3 (right)
Customers can also order specially-designed BMW M4 GT3, M6 GT3, and M2 CS Racing racers for track-only purposes.
From the 2022 GT3 racing season onwards, the M4 GT3 will be replacing the ageing M6 GT3 that first debuted in 2016.
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