Z4 M fans look away now this is an officially sanctioned BMW Z-car with the 4.0-litre V8 engine from an M3. This is the BMW Z4 GT3.
I thought BMW wasnt going to build a V8 version of its new Z4? It isnt, at least not for the road the Bavarian company maintains that its sDrive 35iS Z4 with a 335bhp twin-turbo straight is as far as itll go. But racers are treated differently BMWs Motorsport division has built a V8-engined Z4 and will sell it to customers to race in competitions like the FIA GT3 championship.
And its the V8 from the BMW M3? Yes squeezed under that long bonnet is the same 4.0-litre V8 youll find in BMWs finest M-car. And with the same ECU and control units that have proven themselves on the GT2-spec M3, plus a racing exhaust, power is up from 414bhp to around 480bhp, and theres 339lb ft too (up from 295lb ft).
The rest is typical race race: a six-speed sequential box sends power to the rear wheels, adjustable dampers sort the suspension, massively blistered bodywork to accommodate the wider track, new rims and slick tyres, and a front splitter, big rear wing and huge diffuser take care of the aerodynamics. A strict diet thats seen the addition of a fixed roof and bidden goodbye to all the luxuries has helped cut the kerbweight from the 35iS' 1525kg to 1200kg. Sales start this summer, and youll need £315,000 for the pleasure.