2001 BMW M3 GTR


2001 BMW M3 GTR

2001 BMW M3 GTR

Beneath the beefy silhouette of the M3 GTR beats a powerful heart: a four-litre V8 engine delivering more than 400 bhp. This short-stroke, high-speed unit epitomizes the tradition of M power and is compact enough to fit into the M3. This engine is very different from the V8 found in the M5 and has yet to been seen in any E46 road car.
In accordance with the regulations of the Automobil Club de l’Ouest (A.C.O.), which also organizes the Le Mans 24 Hours, BMW Motorsport was planning on building a limited production run of road-ready M3 GTRs. The motivation behind this would be to satisfy homologation regulations which stated at least one road going version needed to be sold.

In accordance with the regulations of the Automobil Club de l’Ouest (A.C.O.), which also organizes the Le Mans 24 Hours, BMW Motorsport was planning on building a limited production run of road-ready M3 GTRs. The motivation behind this would be to satisfy homologation regulations which stated at least one road going version needed to be sold.

After decimating the competition in the GT class, Porsche complained the BMW car was streching the rules too far. The ACO coincided with Porsche and changed the rules such that the BMW would need an additional 100 lbs of weight and 20% larger air restrictors or make 1000 road going examples. Sadly, by attempting to make the GT class comptetative, the ACO have driven BMW away from GT motorsport in 2002.

In Detail

built atMunich, Germany
price $$ 470,000
engine90 Degree V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement3997 cc / 243.9 in³
bore94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke72 mm / 2.83 in
compression12.0:1
power331.1 kw / 444 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output111.08 bhp per litre
bhp/weight396.43 bhp per tonne
torque467.76 nm / 345 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
redline8500
body / frameUnit Steel w/Carbon Fiber Panels, Steel Rollcage
wheel typeBBS Alloy
front tires270/650-18 Michelin
rear tires270/680-18 Michelin
front brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/6-Pot Calipers
rear brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
front wheelsF 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18.0 x 11.0 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18.0 x 11.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Eibach Coil Spings, Sachs Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionCentral Link w/Eibach Coil Spings, Sachs Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1120 kg / 2469 lbs
wheelbase2731 mm / 107.5 in
front track1608 mm / 63.3 in
rear track1603 mm / 63.1 in
length4613 mm / 181.6 in
width1900 mm / 74.8 in
height1318 mm / 51.9 in
transmissionHewland 6-Speed Manual w/Triple-Disc Carbon Fiber Clutch
gear ratios2.50:1, 2.07:1, 1.69:1, 1.38:1, 1.18:1, 1.04:1
final drive3.87:1