racing Z4 M Coupé comes with 400hp and
23rd March 2006.
Eight years after BMW
became the first manufacturer to win an international race
with a diesel powered sports car, gentlemen racers can now
purchase two specially prepared vehicles by BMW
Motorsport – a 120d and a Z4
Although diesel racing cars have
recently become fashionable, it was back in 1998 that a
BMW 320d driven by Briton Steve Soper, among others,
achieved a landmark victory in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
This is generally accepted as the first
victory for a diesel car in a top line international
Motorsport 120d: 245hp and 450Nm.
Motorsport 120d -
Powered by a 1,995cc diesel engine, the BMW
Motorsport-equipped 120d provides 245hp and 450Nm of
torque from its modified engine.
A lowered suspension with adjustable
anti-roll bars and dampers feature along with 332mm front
disc brakes with six-piston callipers and 284mm rear disc
brakes with four-piston callipers.
Lightweight BBS alloy wheels, a full
aero package including rear diffuser, and a stripped out
weight-saving interior also serve to increase performance.
An indication of the potential of the
new car was heralded when it won its class in the
24 Hours race in January - a test race for the new 120d
model – and finished ninth overall.
The racing package for the BMW 120d
costs 95,000 Euros plus tax, in addition to the
on-the-road price of the ‘standard’ car.
Z4 M Coupé - BMW
Motorsport has also launched a racing package for the
forthcoming Z4 M Coupé. With a highly-tuned version of
the five-time International Engine of the Year category
winning 3.2-litre powerplant, the racing Z4 M Coupé comes
with 400hp and 400Nm of torque.
Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and
with drive being fed to the rear wheels, the Z4 M Coupé
features suspension knowledge gained from the championship
winning BMW M3
GTR car for optimum on-track agility.
Six-piston brake callipers act on the
front brake disc measuring 380mm in diameter, while
four-piston callipers at the rear compress brake discs
measuring 320mm in diameter to provide the corresponding
Changes to the engine management
system, new carbon fibre engine air intakes, 120-litre
fuel tank and extensive aerodynamic improvements are some
of the other notable changes. The BMW
Motorsport package for the Z4
Coupé is available for 250,000 Euros plus tax, in
addition to the list price of the car.