The BMW Z4 GT3 has begun campaigning on Europe’s race tracks. A new video released today offers ten minutes of in-cabin footage as Schubert Motorsport’s Richarad Goransson navigates the famed Nurbugring on a rainy day.
This BMW Z4 GT3 Nurburgring video features driver Richard Goransson going for some hot laps around the ‘Green Hell’. He’s definitely fast. The new BMW Z4 GT3 is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine taken out of an M3 E92 that has been juiced up to 480 hp and mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The BMW Z4 GT3 with a new aerodynamics package that creates real downforce for better traction, grip and handling. From the camera’s back-row vantage point, this video is about as close as most of us will get to experiencing the Europe-specific Z4 GT3. At €298,000 (AU$437,800), this hardcore Bimmer is out of reach for most – and if you want to race one here in Australia, you’ll need to get in touch with BMW’s Munich headquarters directly.
Just to pinpoint the difference between the Porsche’s and the Beemer’s, just watch how the Porsche pulls away on the straights. In terms of timing, the Porsche GT3 R’s were doing 8:21.5, while the M3 was doing 8:22.7. The Z4 GT3 however only managed a best lap of 8:33.9. However, its still a great 10-minute video of the Z4 GT3 charging down the ‘Ring, taking on position with ease.
The Z4 GT3 is powered by an uprated 360kW version of the M3′s 4.0 litre V8. Built to FIA GT3 specifications, the race-ready Z4 can compete in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the International GT Open and the ADAC GT Masters.
The upgraded V8 is paired with a six-speed sequential transmission, and ultra-light racing wheels with locking and safety clips, along with racing ABS complete the package.
The 2011 model-year BMW 5-series marks the start of the sixth generation of the midsize sedan. The 550i is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Our example had a curb weight of 4,376 pounds, and BMW says the car will run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. Fuel mileage has yet to be determined.
Dynamic handling package including adaptive driver with active roll stabilization, dynamic damping premium package 2 with rearview camera, rear sunshades, heated front seats, iPod and USB adapter, satellite radio with one-year subscription, premium hi-fi system; sport package with 19-inch alloy wheels, sports leather steering wheel, multicontour seats; driver assistance package with automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, active blind-spot detection, parking assistant; convenience package with comfort access keyless entry; head-up display; cold-weather package with heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, retractable headlight washers; side- and top-view cameras; split fold-down rear seat; smartphone integration.
How’s it drive?
If you’re looking for feedback through the wheel, the electromechanical system seems to quell that. The brakes are outstanding with a nice, solid progressive pedal feel.
Well, we don’t yet know the price as it won’t go on sale until later this year. But this will be the top-of-line of four models of the 5-series that will come to the United States. So if your pocket is deep enough and you want a true sports sedan, you can’t really go wrong with this latest edition. It combines good looks and outstanding performance.
It’s a nice car, though. It’s solid, fast, really well built, good-looking and it checks all the midsize-sedan boxes. The interior works really well with an iDrive knob, which looks straight out of the 7-series.
Until you get the tach up over 3,500 rpm, it doesn’t really feel like 400 hp under the hood. To really hustle the car, you have to work the eight-speed gearbox manually, but it’s a smooth shifter so that’s not exactly a hardship. The car is heavy but drives like a much smaller, lighter car. The steering is precise, and the adjustable suspension (comfort, normal, sport, sport plus) worked best in normal.
Finally, a new and exciting BMW to look forward to, as the German car-maker has unveiled the 6 Series Gran Coupe, which will directly compete with the Mercedes CLS. Only BMW’s looks a lot better. The Gran Coupe is a few inches longer than a 5 series, and a few inches lower as well, and, as you can see, features some very slick and elegant styling. The car should be on the market early next year.
The Gran Coupe is expected to share the 6-Series name and will join the two-door 6-Series coupe and cabriolet models. There may also be a high-performance M model in the pipeline. BMW says that the Gran Coupe concept measures “almost five meters,” which is 196.9 inches long, or about 2.9 inches shorter than a 7 Series and 3.8 inches longer than the new 5. At 55.1 inches tall, the Gran Coupe is almost four inches lower than either conventional sedan. Engines are expected to be shared with the 6-Series and Draeger did not rule out the possibility of a hybrid version in future.
Diesel, gasoline and possibly even hybrid drivetrains are slated for the new Gran Coupe, which will look very similar to the concept unveiled in China, retaining both its frameless door glass and distinctive LED driving lights and taillights.
The Gran Coupe concept has a traditional B-pillar and frameless doors along with a nicely executed Hofmeister kink. LED headlamps bookend a “shark-like” twin-kidney grille that nicely updates the current 6 Series’ nose. Taillamps are 5 Series GT-like, indicating the direction of all future BMW models. LED center high-mounted brake lights are hidden in the rear window, and are visible only when they light up. The lights are placed in the roof’s kink and fill the entire width of the rear window.
Presumably, BMW will have to do something else with these for the 6 Series convertible, which it plans to bring to market about the same time as the two-door coupe early next year. Prices have not been announced, but it is expected to fall in line with the rest of the 6-Series line-up and be competitive with both the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7 prices.
The new BMW 5-Series will go on sale on the US market this June with prices starting at $50,475 for the 535i Sedan and at $60,575 for the 550i sedan. But before ordering the vehicle you prefer, BMW USA is offering you the possibility of customizing your favorite car.
The BMW 550i is powered by a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 delivering a total of 400-hp. The engine is mated to a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission, 8-speed automatic transmission or new Sport Automatic 8-speed.
BMW will power the new 5-Series with a V8 as well as an assortment of six cylinder engines burning both gasoline and diesel. The new car’s lineup will range from the fuel efficient BMW 520d making 184 HP, the 535i powered BMW TwinPower Turbo using High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing that cranks out 306 HP as well as the top of the line 550i powered by a 407 HP eight cylinder engine; just to name a few.