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Cutting a powerful figure: The BMW M6 GT3

Press Release.
Source: BMW Group PressClub Global

September 15, 2015

Munich (DE), 15th September 2015. BMW has set a course for the future in GT racing with the presentation of the newly developed BMW M6 GT3 at the 66th IAA Cars 2015 in Frankfurt am Main (DE). The racing version of the BMW M6 Coupe will be sent into action by numerous private teams from the 2016 season in a host of championships and renowned race events around the world as part of the BMW Sports Trophy.

BMW Motorsport has channelled its vast well of experience amassed since 2010 with the BMW M6 GT3’s successful predecessor, the BMW Z4 GT3, into the development of the new car. Indeed, the new GT3 racer boasts a raft of improvements, particularly in the areas of drivability and economy. One example is the use of a series-produced engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which develops higher output and an increase in torque. Moreover, with its centrally-positioned driver’s seat and long wheelbase, the BMW M6 GT3 offers a driving feeling unparalleled on the racing scene. The net price of the car is 379,000 Euros.

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The BMW M6 GT3 weighs less than 1,300 kilograms, and the transaxle drive concept, sequential six-speed racing gearbox and body aerodynamics optimised in the BMW wind tunnel also highlight the imminent arrival of a full-blooded racer from BMW Motorsport in 2016. The reliability, efficiency and ease of maintenance of the BMW M6 GT3 will likewise be tuned to master the demands of endurance racing, and its longer wheelbase promises to deliver significantly improved handling characteristics compared with the BMW Z4 GT3. As well as the car itself, BMW M6 GT3 customers will also benefit from the service laid on by BMW Motorsport support engineers and a trackside supply of parts.

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In May 2015, ahead of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany, BMW Motorsport customers from around the world were treated to an exclusive first glimpse of the BMW M6 GT3 – not to mention a detailed presentation of the car by drivers and engineers – at a “closed room” event at the BMW M Testcenter Nürburg. The GT racing car was subsequently introduced to fans of “the most powerful letter in the world” at the traditional M Night event on the Friday before the classic endurance race in the “Green Hell”. Customer teams in North America were able to feast their eyes on the BMW M6 GT3 for the first time at the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in Watkins Glen (US), where the racing car was given its first public appearance on the other side of the Atlantic in late June. The BMW M6 GT3 was then revealed to teams, drivers and fans at the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race in Belgium – the most important GT race in the world. And now, the car has appeared in BMW Motorsport racing livery for the first time at the IAA.

The BMW M6 GT3 has undergone an extensive programme of testing on a variety of circuits over the course of 2015. This has allowed the experienced BMW works drivers to amass many valuable kilometres at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 and to carry out important work on the baseline set-up of the new GT and endurance racing challenger. This new poster car for customer racing is now undergoing a final round of fine-tuning prior to its race debut in the coming year.

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BMW & Montblanc present “Montblanc for BMW” Special Edition

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Press Release. 
Source: BMW Group PressClub Global

September 9, 2015

Munich. Choice materials, extraordinary quality, thoughtful design, superior functions - there are many sides to contemporary luxury. They all come together in the "Montblanc for BMW" Special Edition, a collection of Montblanc products for on the road and in the office, selected exclusively for BMW. The special collection celebrates not only the two corporations' shared passion for quality and craftsmanship, it also marks the beginning of a partnership that aims to become a symbol of contemporary luxury. The fact that the collaboration with BMW is the first of its kind for Montblanc is a clear demonstration of just how deep their mutual respect runs.

"Montblanc for BMW" - the shared passion for tradition, quality, and craftsmanship.

BMW and Montblanc can both look back at many years' experience in their particular field. Many of their products, for example the BMW 7 Series and the "Meisterstück" fountain pen, are highly exclusive style icons. What both brands have always had in common is the standard they set for themselves and indeed their products: the passion for quality, a love of detail, deep-rooted tradition, and innovative prowess, combined with a quest to constantly re-invent themselves. This is just as much reflected in the two companies' products, as in those in the exclusive "Montblanc for BMW" Collection. This special collection embraces select leather creations and writing instruments, all perfect companions for the new BMW 7 Series - in everyday life as well on extended, luxurious journeys. All the items in the collection boast subtle BMW 7 Series-style engraving and discreet "Montblanc for BMW" signature engraving. As of spring 2016 the exclusive series will be part of the BMW Lifestyle Collection and available worldwide in selected BMW and Montblanc stores and boutiques.

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"Montblanc for BMW" leather creations. The choice leather creations by Montblanc are hand-made exclusively by the absolute masters of the trade and as such are an expression of craftsmanship at its very best, of devotion and a love of detail. All items in the "Meisterstück" series in the "Montblanc for BMW" Collection are made of European, full-grain cowhide in unique, deep-gloss Montblanc black. The high-quality Jacquard lining with Montblanc lettering and the Montblanc emblem with a palladium-plated ring set refined accents, while the striking BMW 7 Series engraving of the classic basic look adds a technically modern touch. The high-quality Meisterstück business card case stylishly keeps together all important bank cards, membership cards, and business cards in one place. With numerous compartments, this exclusive case boasts lots of room for the numerous cards modern life entails. The Meisterstück passport case, a luxurious receptacle for international ID and travel documents, is the perfect companion for frequent travelers. The Meisterstück case for two writing utensils has room for two pens the size of a Meisterstück Classique or LeGrand, and also affords them optimum protection. The Meisterstück key case for the "Montblanc for BMW" Special Edition is a real highlight: Tailor-made for the new BMW 7 Series, it is the very first key case by Montblanc designed to suit the shape of a particular vehicle key. As such it symbolizes the partnership between the two companies and is the fitting high-end complement to the Meisterstück Collection in the "Montblanc for BMW" Collection.

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The hard-wearing creations in the "Montblanc for BMW" Nightflight Collection are ideal for urban discoverers on the move. Be it the handy document bag or a sturdy 55-liter capacity flight bag: in both cases robust nylon fabric with a ribbed structure makes the bags resistant to marks, water, and scratches. A high-quality leather trim, the Jacquard lining and the emblem's ruthenium-plated ring set exclusive accents. On the leather surfaces the special BMW 7 Series engraving provides technical elegance and underscores the state-of-the-art appearance of the shape and material. Whereas the document bag boasts comfortable leather handles, versatile inner pockets, a padded laptop compartment, and a system for fastening the bag to a trolley, the sturdy flight bag has a classic large main compartment and a separate zippered compartment. The clever part is the integrated, detachable document section for swift, safe access to travel documents such as ticket and passport. Both the document bag and the flight bag have an exclusive luggage tag made of high-quality calfskin, which likewise boasts the exclusive "Montblanc for BMW" design. Not only does this prevent luggage being taken by mistake, or getting lost, with the BMW 7 Series engraving it also rounds out the appearance of the document bag and flight bag is a high-end way.

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"Montblanc for BMW" writing instruments. For more than 100 years the name Montblanc has stood for writing culture and writing instruments produced by master craftsmen. For this reason, in addition to the leather creations mentioned above, two writing instruments from the Meisterstück series enhance the "Montblanc for BMW" Collection: the Meisterstück Platinum Line LeGrand fountain pen, the classic Montblanc writing instrument, and the corresponding Meisterstück Platinum Line LeGrand Rollerball. Both are made of deep black precious resin with platinum-planed details. The clip is laser engraved with several stylized 7s and an individual series number. Furthermore, the fountain pen has a hand-crafted Au585/14 carat gold nib with rhodium-plated inlay. An exclusive Montblanc gift box rounds out the high-quality writing instruments.

montblanc-bmw-2-blogAfter its world premiere at the IAA 2015 car show the "Montblanc for BMW" Special Edition will be available worldwide from spring 2016 from selected BMW dealers and Montblanc boutiques.

BMW Concept M4 GTS

 

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Monterey/Munich. A year on from the launch of the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M Division is presenting an initial preview of a high-performance model for use on the road and, above all, on the race track: the BMW Concept M4 GTS.

The move sees BMW M Division once again returning to its roots. The BMW offshoot, founded in 1972 as BMW Motorsport GmbH, not only caused a sensation with its iconic BMW M1 racing car, but developed the first turbocharged engine to win the Formula One World Championship and was the force behind what remains the world’s most successful racing touring car – the Group A BMW M3.

And so the new BMW Concept M4 GTS continues the tradition of BMW M3 special models already illuminated by the BMW M3 Evolution (1988), BMW M3 Sport Evolution (1990), BMW M3 GT (1995), BMW M3 CSL (2003), BMW M3 GTS (2010) and BMW M3 CRT (2011). Technology honed in race competition, a hike in power, a commitment to lightweight design and limited production numbers have ensured these sharpest examples of their type offer unbeatable performance coupled with an emotionally powerful and exclusive driving experience.

“While the BMW M4 Coupe embodies the ideal combination of motor sport genes and unrestricted everyday usability, the BMW Concept M4 GTS previews an emotionally powerful and exclusive special model conceived with an eye for trailblazing technology and a keen focus on the race track,” explains Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division. “Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal. This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense.”

The BMW Concept M4 GTS showcases new technologies destined to make their series production debut in a new model to be unveiled at a later date. For example, the BMW Concept M4 GTS features the innovative water injection system that has already provided a significant output and torque boost in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car. In addition, the BMW Concept M4 GTS has rear lights with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology that give the high-performance model a whole new look when darkness falls.

The world premiere of the BMW Concept M4 GTS takes place on 13 August 2015 surrounded by top-flight classic automobiles on display at the Monterey Car Week in California, USA.

Optimized down to the finest detail.

The BMW Concept M4 GTS builds on the BMW M4 Coupe’s dynamic and emotional use of forms. Yet its character as a high-performance special model, in which every detail has been developed to fulfil its purpose as a successful track machine, also comes immediately to the fore. The manually adjustable front splitter and rear wing – both in exposed carbon – ensure perfect aerodynamic balance and allow the BMW Concept M4 GTS to be adapted for both individual race tracks and for use on the road. Another example of the engineers’ rigorous adherence to lightweight design is the CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) bonnet, which lowers the car’s weight and centre of gravity further still. A wide front air intake optimises airflow and minimises front axle lift.

The dynamic and exclusive presence of the BMW Concept M4 GTS is accentuated by the exterior paint shade Frozen Dark Grey Metallic, with the Acid Orange accent on the front splitter creating an effective contrast. The lightweight, forged and polished light-alloy wheels in 666 M styling also feature an Acid Orange accent. The 9.5 J x 19 (front) and 10.5 J x 20 (rear) wheels are fitted with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres (265/35 R19 at the front, 285/30 R20 at the rear). The mixed-size tyres provide the ideal conduit for the stand-out dynamic attributes of the BMW Concept M4 GTS.

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The engine powering the BMW Concept M4 GTS is equipped with the same innovative water injection system that has endowed the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car with a noticeable increase in output and torque.

The water injection system introduced by BMW M Division sees the engineers using the physical effect of water when vaporising to draw the required energy from the ambient medium. The water is injected into the plenums of the intake manifold as a fine spray. When the water vaporises, the intake air cools significantly. As a result, the final compression temperature in the combustion chamber – and therefore the engine’s tendency to “knock” – is reduced, enabling the turbocharged engine to use higher boost pressure and earlier injection timing.

This technology ensures an increase in output and torque, while at the same time reducing the thermal stress on performance-relevant components. All of which also enhances the stability and durability of the turbocharged engine. The BMW Concept M4 GTS therefore brings high-performance technology directly from the race track to the road.

The strong performance potential of the turbocharged six-cylinder in-line engine already demands an exceptionally sophisticated thermal management system for the engine and ancillary units. To ensure optimal operating temperatures in all situations, the M Division engineers have developed a highly innovative and effective cooling system. It comprises a main radiator plus additional radiators for the high- and low-temperature circuits, transmission and turbocharger in order to keep temperatures stable. The turbochargers are cooled by means of an indirect intercooler, assisted by an additional electric water pump.

OLED rear lights radiate ultra-high precision.

The BMW Concept M4 GTS is fitted with innovative rear lights featuring OLED technology. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) are a new type of light source producing full-surface and homogenous illumination – in contrast to LEDs, which emit light to a single point. Their low installation height of just 1.4 millimetres and the ability to actuate individual light modules separately create fresh design scope in lighting concepts. OLED technology enables extra flexibility and forges an unmistakable appearance that signals exceptional precision.

OLED technology heralds a new era in light design and lighting concepts, and opens up new possibilities when it comes to a characteristic and distinctive light signature for BMW models – both for their daytime driving lights and during the hours of darkness.

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