2022 is a busy year for BMW in terms of product launches, as the Bavarian brand pulls out all the stops to celebrate in style 50 years of its M division. The motorsport branch is also very active since, after previewing the prototype Le Mans Daytona (LMDh), it has just unveiled the new M4 GT4. This second-generation racing car borrows the lightweight roof and rear wing of the GT3, a more powerful version.
The trail beast looks fast thanks to a comprehensive aerodynamic kit including an XXL front blade that could easily double as a snow plow. Front appendages and muscular side skirts are telltale signs this isn’t a standard M4, and that’s especially evident inside the stripped-down cabin that makes the M4 CSL look overly demure in comparison.
Even though it is a very special racing car, the new BMW M4 GT4 has several features that you might not necessarily expect. These include air conditioning, heated windscreen and Recaro ventilated seat, all offered as standard equipment. Another interesting feature is represented by the natural fibers used for some interior and exterior parts. Also worth mentioning is the steering wheel with illuminated controls made by Fanatec.
According to the regulations, the inline six-cylinder engine can develop a power of 550 hp and a torque of (650 Nm). Power is transmitted to the rear axle via a seven-speed ZF automatic transmission and a self-locking differential. Highly configurable, the M4 GT4 features a 10-level traction control system, three H&R spring rates and a five-level adjustable anti-roll bar.
Compatible with all GT4 racing series worldwide, the new race car will go into production in October for teams able to pay a net price of €187,000. For comparison, the M4 GT3 is marketed at €415,000. Both M4s sit between the entry-level M2 CS Racing and the LMDh in the BMW Motorsport lineup.