The BMW M3 GTR was powered by a V8 as opposed to the straight 6 which powered the regular BMW M3. Only 10 street legal M3 GTRs were produced for homologation purposes to enter the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The asking price for one of the 10 street legal BMW M3 GTRs was a stratospheric $218,000 ( £120,000).
However homologation rules were later rewritten, requiring 100 street cars and 1000 engines to be produced. In addition the car had to be sold on two or more continents. Because of these new regulations, BMW decided to withdraw the M3 GTR from the ALMS, and therefore axed the M3 GTR street version altogether.
Some unofficial M3 GTRs have been built by private individuals and tuning companies alike. The modification is achieved by removing the M3’s standard inline 6-cylinder and shoehorning in a 4.0 litre V8.
In popular culture, the E46 BMW M3 GTR makes an apearance in the video games Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Carbon.
|Year (of specifications)||2001|
|Engine||3997 cc V8|
|Transmission||6-speed, sequential manual|
|Max speed||155 mph limited|
|Horsepower||350 bhp @ 7250 rpm|
|weight||1350 kg / 2976 lbs|