Track-only BMW M4 GT4 to land in 2018

The GT4-spec racer will use a 3.0-liter straight-six.

BMW will hit the track in a high-performance variant of the M4 developed specifically with racing in mind.

The coupe is being designed to compete in the FIA's GT4 category, and BMW asked its engineers to focus on affordability and drivability. Power for the GT4-spec racer will come from a M4-sourced turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six, though how much power it will be permitted to generate depends on how light the car will be. All of the electronics will come from the regular-production M4.

To shed weight, the M4 GT4 will borrow its carbon fiber hood from the limited-edition M4 GTS that made its debut last year during the Tokyo Auto Show. Its doors will also be made out of carbon fiber, and a official design sketch reveals it will get a new front spoiler and a large wing mounted on the trunk lid. The pedal box, the seats, and the brakes are all sourced from the M6 GT3.

BMW will begin testing the M4 GT4 before the end of the year in order to deliver the first examples to customers all around the world in late 2017. The coupe will make its racing debut during the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Dubai.

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