Does My Nose Look Big? Meet the New BMW M4 GT3

Colin
By Colin Wood
Aug 21, 2020 | BMW, GT3, M4

The design of the new BMW M4 has been divisive, to say the least, but now BMW gave us a closer look at both the street and racing versions of the M4 Coupe at this past weekend's MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Styria, Austria.

Even though both were camouflaged in black-and-white test patterns accented by the iconic M colors, the front grille design is still very apparent on both cars.

Just in case you didn't get a good enough look at the grille on the production M4, BMW highlighted the GT3 car’s in red. 

How do you feel about the M4's new design? Will the striking features eventually grow on you, or is this the next round of controversial, Chris Bangle-esque BMWs?

Read the full press release below:

Munich. World premiere on the Red Bull Ring: For the first time, the BMW M GmbH presented its two icons designed for the road and the racetrack side by side, the prototypes of the new BMW M4 Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 10.9 – 10.5 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 249 – 239 g/km*, provisional figures) and the new BMW M4 GT3. During the run-up to the MotoGP “BMW M Grand Prix of Styria”, the two vehicles were presented in a camouflage look designed specifically for this purpose, as their final design will not be revealed until a later date.

I am very pleased we are able to present both the new BMW M4 Coupe and the new BMW M4 GT3 together here. As title sponsor of the ‘BMW M Grand Prix of Styria’ and long-term partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, I cannot think of a better place to hold this special premiere. The BMW M4 Coupe and its motorsport counterpart BMW M4 GT3 are the icons of the BMW M GmbH and prime examples of the technology transfer from motorsport to series production – and back again. From the outset, both vehicles were developed parallel to each other, so they both have the same genes,” says Markus Flasch, CEO of the BMW M GmbH, who himself completed the first laps on the Red Bull Ring in the BMW M4 Coupe.

Like the new BMW M3 Sedan and all other current high-performance automobiles from the BMW M GmbH, the new BMW M4 Coupe will be available in two performance versions: Apart from a variant with 353 kW/480 hp and
a 6-speed manual transmission, a Competition model with 375 kW/510 hp and an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic will also be on offer in each case.

The core component shared by all BMW M4s is the newly developed straight six-cylinder engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology and a high-revving concept. From the outset, the high-performance-power plant was developed on the basis of performance characteristics taken directly from motorsport. Not only will the BMW M Customer Racing Teams, who will be deploying the BMW M4 GT3 in numerous GT series worldwide, benefit from this. It also raises the standard of driving pleasure for BMW M4 road-legal vehicles to a new level.

For Philipp Eng, the person driving the BMW M4 GT3, the ride around the Austrian circuit was a welcome foretaste of the year ahead: “I can’t wait to take the BMW M4 GT3 onto the starting grid,” says the Austrian who will be participating in the DTM with the ZF BMW M4 DTM. “The BMW M4 GT3 will already take part in its first race next year and will be able to prove how it performs under competitive conditions. I am sure that it has what it takes to continue the long-standing and successful tradition of BMW M vehicles.”

From 2022 and following selected racing events in 2021, the BMW M4 GT3 will finally replace the BMW M6 GT3 as the top-of-the-range model in BMW’s customer sport offering. Since 2016, the BMW M6 GT3 has been part of the BMW M Motorsport vehicle portfolio, already winning the Spa-Franchorchamps 24 hours during its debut year, only to surpass this success with a double victory two years later.

However, before the new BMW M4 Coupe is actually released to the road and the racetrack without special camouflage design, final intensive tests still have to be performed. The official world premiere is planned for September 2020. But one thing is already certain: One of the MotoGP pilots battling for points and placements just a few days after the appearance of the BMW M4 Coupe on the Red Bull Ring, will have the pleasure of driving an icon of the BMW M GmbH. Because the winner of the “BMW M Grand Prix of Styria” being held from 21st to 23rd August will be honoured with an exclusive BMW M4 Coupe of the model generation 2021.

* All figures relating to performance, fuel/electric power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional.

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JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
8/20/20 2:09 p.m.

The exhaust in the front fender makes my pants tight.

BlueInGreen - Jon (Forum Supporter)
BlueInGreen - Jon (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/20/20 2:32 p.m.

Hate the grille on the road car. Kinda like it on the race car.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
8/20/20 2:46 p.m.
BlueInGreen - Jon (Forum Supporter) said:

Hate the grille on the road car. Kinda like it on the race car.

Nope.  It sucks no matter how you slice it or dice it.  S-U-X-X-O-R-S.

I got a tingle for about 3 nanoseconds when I saw the teasers about the M3/M4 Touring.  Then I remembered it would have this gawdawful maw hanging off the front of it and immediately lost all interest.

 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/20/20 2:49 p.m.

And they continue to lose me more and more with the styling. Oh well, I'm done with modern, turbo BMWs after my 135i experience. 

BenB (Forum Supporter)
BenB (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/20/20 3:07 p.m.

The M6 GT3 and M8 GTLM look waaaaay better. Looks like BMW is trying to out-ugly Lexus with their "butterface" cars.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/20/20 3:10 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

The exhaust in the front fender makes my pants tight.

That part looks cool. 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
8/20/20 3:38 p.m.

Unfortunate.

adam525i (Forum Supporter)
adam525i (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
8/20/20 4:12 p.m.

The great thing with race cars like these is they often get crashed, seeing that thing buried in a tire wall won't be too bad.

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
8/20/20 4:15 p.m.

The red lipstick makes it look like a low born gutter slut.

06HHR (Forum Supporter)
06HHR (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/20/20 4:20 p.m.

All i can see is this..

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/20/20 4:24 p.m.

i threw up in my mouth a little

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/20/20 4:25 p.m.

In reply to 06HHR (Forum Supporter) :

I find that offensive against Bucee the beaver.. also now cannot unsee

06HHR (Forum Supporter)
06HHR (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/20/20 4:33 p.m.

In reply to Streetwiseguy :

It does have a tramp stamp on the back, so....

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
8/20/20 5:12 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

 

02Pilot
02Pilot UltraDork
8/20/20 5:50 p.m.

It is unequivocally awful. No amount of paint, number of flares, or interesting exhaust routing can save it. BMW's embrace of the "LOOK AT MEEE!!!" school of design runs counter to their entire corporate history and ethos, or at least the last 50+ years of it. The only solution is to pack the entire design team and the board that approved this abomination into it and light it on fire, then start over like it never existed.

Flynlow (FS)
Flynlow (FS) HalfDork
8/20/20 6:10 p.m.

Its ugly enough to make me go out to the driveway and remember they did used to make pretty cars:


 

Whew, there's some eyebleach.  Even TRYING to make the nose look big in this picture, it's still a sharp looking car.

MrFancypants
MrFancypants Reader
8/20/20 6:12 p.m.

nope

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
8/20/20 6:17 p.m.

BMW getting back at Pontiac by putting a Dodge grille on the car?

JoeTR6 (Forum Supporter)
JoeTR6 (Forum Supporter) Dork
8/20/20 7:21 p.m.

For some reason, this Star Trek episode comes to mind.

"How do you vote, Sarek of Vulcan?"

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/21/20 6:29 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:
JG Pasterjak said:

The exhaust in the front fender makes my pants tight.

That part looks cool. 

What you did there, I see it. laugh

V12
V12 New Reader
8/21/20 10:00 a.m.

Allegedly BMW has gone to the coke nostrils as a result of feedback from their PRC focus groups.  (Logical, as it is a growing market for BMW)

I've owned a lot of BMWs.  Some old, some new.  If the new design philosophy is what's to be expected going forward, I won't buy another one.  Not interested in buying a car that looks like it has a substance abuse problem.  

racerdave600
racerdave600 UltraDork
8/21/20 10:05 a.m.

In reply to V12 :

Copy that!  I hate to say it, but now I miss Bangle.  The cars themselves don't look too bad, but the new BMW grills, I would imagine a lot of people are going to vote by buying another brand.  My dad is a looonnnggg time BMW buyer, and I heard him mutter something about Mercedes this time around.  

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
8/21/20 10:08 a.m.

It's beautiful and I love it. The rest of you are wrong. 

 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
8/21/20 10:43 a.m.
V12 said:

Allegedly BMW has gone to the coke nostrils as a result of feedback from their PRC focus groups.  (Logical, as it is a growing market for BMW)

I've been saying for the past 3 years that bourgeois new-money Chinese taste is going to destroy luxury car styling.

mazdeuce - Seth said:

It's beautiful and I love it. The rest of you are wrong.

We're not wrong; you're clearly insane.

There is a reason they have that dazzle camo paint scheme on it.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/21/20 10:58 a.m.
racerdave600 said:

In reply to V12 :

Copy that!  I hate to say it, but now I miss Bangle.  The cars themselves don't look too bad, but the new BMW grills, I would imagine a lot of people are going to vote by buying another brand.  My dad is a looonnnggg time BMW buyer, and I heard him mutter something about Mercedes this time around.  

Unfortunately I wonder if at this point the only people who buy BMW is because the cachet and the people who want an M car..............not so they can take it to the track, but so they can bench race by numbers they found in "insert magazine."

racerdave600
racerdave600 UltraDork
8/21/20 11:26 a.m.

In reply to z31maniac :

I own a 128i, so I am a cheap BMW owner.  But I will use my dad as an example.  He has been buying a new one every 3 to 4 years as both he and my mother have been using them for almost 40 years pretty much exclusively.  His current stable is a year old 4 series and a X5.  The X5 is a 2017 I think and up for replacement next year.  When he was in for service last month his comment was, "who do they expect to buy these things?"  He has bought them mostly because of the way they drive, but that has declined in his eyes and now the styling is questionable.  Although his 430 I think drives better than his previous 3 series.  Their steering has definitely improved. 

Of course you are correct in that some people will buy them because of the badge, but I do believe styling can certainly hurt your sales.  Especially in the higher end cars.  Ironically, they had a Jeep something or other rental car late last year, which he claimed drove as well as the X5, for $30k less.  I think his BMW fascination may be over, maybe.  We'll see when replacement time comes around.

P3PPY
P3PPY HalfDork
8/21/20 12:52 p.m.

Well this saves me some time. I almost gagged the other day when confronted with a new 7 series and I was about to start a thread asking if it's just me or did BMW styling fall off a cliff -- meanwhile something great is happening at BUICK!?!

 

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe PowerDork
8/21/20 1:05 p.m.

Bangle flame deisgn is starting to look good to all you BMW people now. Bwahhhh. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
8/21/20 1:22 p.m.
wearymicrobe said:

Bangle flame deisgn is starting to look good to all you BMW people now. Bwahhhh. 

No, no it isn't. Bad proportions are still bad. 
 

maj75 (Forum Supporter)
maj75 (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
8/21/20 2:56 p.m.

Bangle approves.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
8/21/20 2:58 p.m.
wearymicrobe said:

Bangle flame deisgn is starting to look good to all you BMW people now. Bwahhhh. 

I thought those Bangle BMWs were so ugly when they came out but I see a lot of cars on that are out now and the Bangle BMWs almost look good. But I don't think it is cause they have aged well. Everything else seems to be racing to be the ugliest.

759NRNG (Forum Partidario)
759NRNG (Forum Partidario) UltraDork
8/21/20 4:24 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

BMW getting back at Pontiac by putting a Dodge grille on the car?

No more entries accepted ...we have a winner!!!!

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
8/21/20 9:18 p.m.

OMG, another entry in the Ugliest Proboscis Sweepstakes. This one almost makes Lexi (Latin plural used here for comedic effect) look good.............nah, they're still repulsive.  I think all auto stylists have drunk the Kool-Aid and lost their minds. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/21/20 9:50 p.m.

I am not a fan, probably the only M3/4 I would not consider. 

The funny thing is that in 10 years it is going to grow on us and we are all going to like it. Watch. 

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
8/22/20 8:20 p.m.

In reply to Slippery (Forum Supporter) :

That's what they said about the Edsel. 

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