“Yes the grille is ridiculously, outrageously, monstrously big, but at least it’s just a concept car – it’ll never make production…”
That was us – naive little us – when BMW unveiled the Concept 4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, previewing the next generation of 4 Series Coupe. Now, we still don’t know for certain whether we were wrong or not, but this teaser of the upcoming M4 GT3 racer has us worried.
As you can see, there’s serious amounts of kidney going on, and it looks to be a similar shape to the Concept 4’s. We can’t see how far said grille stretches down towards the ground, but BMW is clearly sticking to its guns.
Anyway, the rest of the car looks absolutely wild in this sketch, so there is some good news at least. The M4 GT3 will replace the outgoing M6 at the top of the M Motorsport customer racing range, and it looks as though it’ll be just as wide.
Both the chassis and the engine will be based on the future production M4, so under the bonnet will be the 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine which is currently deployed in the X4 M. In the Competition version of the performance SUV coupe-thing, that engine puts out 503bhp. What you’ll get here will depend heavily on GT3 regulations.
BMW says development of the M4 GT3 is currently at ‘full speed’ and that rollout is expected in the second half of 2020.
So, what do you think Internet? Excited to see this flying down the Mulsanne Straight in a few years’ time, or will you be cowering in your tent to avoid its face?
STORY Greg Potts