At the 24 Hours of Dubai in January 2018, expect to see the BMW M4 GT4 line up on the grid for its race debut. The Bavarian brand’s latest GT4 racing entrant is set to start on-track testing before the end of 2016, with customer deliveries beginning in the middle of 2017 in preparation for the following season.

Being developed by BMW Motorsport in Munich, the close-to-production M4 GT4 draws heavily from the production M4 Coupé, available at Lancaster BMW Milton Keynes, including the 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six from the M4 to comply with GT4 rules that stipulate that the basic engine must remain original.

BMW has held a powerful presence in customer racing for many years, and this newly developed GT sports car is set to continue and further enhance that in future years. And customer teams around the world have the opportunity to get their hands on it next year.

The BMW M4 GT4 has been designed to meet top quality and safety standards and to offer excellent driveability and low running costs, and its carbon fibre doors and bonnet certainly contribute; a racing exhaust system and specially designed front splitter and rear wing are also key factors. Adding to the M4 GT4’s offering, the braking system, pedal box and seats have been taken from the BMW M6 GT3 race car.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: ‘The GT4 category is currently experiencing a boom. It offers affordable motorsport with cars of technical high-quality and, therefore, attracts a wide target audience. We see enormous potential around the world for privateer BMW teams for whom the BMW M4 GT4 is an option. Developing a classic customer racing car such as this and offering it to privateer teams has always been one of BMW Motorsport's core competencies.’

If your team contests in GT4 classes, the M4 GT4 may be the car you’ve been waiting for – and if you’re looking for athleticism, ability, agility and excitement in everyday driving, why not take the M4 Coupé from Lancaster BMW Milton Keynes for a test drive today?