Car requested by AnagileLlama
Car: #2 BMW M3 GTR
Class: R3 RWD
Racing Style: Circuit short-med tracks
created by: ECT Crash Dummy
Easiest way to find in SF: search R3 for the Devon and it currently seventh car down in most downloaded
Torque: 432lbs ft
Power RPM: 8000
Torque RPM: 6500
Redline RPM: 8500
No of gears: 6
Front weight: 50%
So for this review I was requested to take a look at one of the two R3 BMW M3 GTRs, the #2 one.
So the M3 is one of BMW most well known still in production today. The M3 GTR is a E46 M3 which had a lot of success in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), entered by Schnitzer Motorsport. Rivals such as Porsche pointed out that this car was more of a prototype as no V8 engine was available in the road-going BMW E46, which is in violation of the spirit of Gran Turismo. In 2001, ALMS regulations stated that cars must be for sale on two continents within twelve months of the rules being issued. To fulfill this rule, BMW put 10 road going GTRs on sale after the 2001 season. The ALMS rules were altered for 2002 to state that 100 cars and 1,000 engines must be built for the car to qualify without penalties. BMW could of entered but in the end they pulled out which ended the M3 GTRs short lived Career. Two Schnitzer Motorsport GTR cars saw a comeback in 2003 at the 24 Hours Nürburgring, winning 1-2 in 2004 and 2005, as well as entries in the 24 Hours Spa. Onboard coverage recorded in 2004 Hans-Joachim Stuck, Pedro Lamy, Jörg Müller and Dirk Müller on the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps. The M3 GTR is also quite well known in the NFS series for being the main car in starting events for Most Wanted and Carbon for the main player before losing it and having to pick a starter car.
So in FM3 while the road M3 GTR is common (it being a car you win through levelling) the two racing GTRs suffer from the same problems that many R3s have, lack of upgrades in PI, outclassed by LB cars and expensive.
So the BMWs lack of upgrades only put it up to 762 which is fairly low in its class. In terms of PI the GTR like numerous R3s suffer from lower handling than most R3s and doesn’t have enough speed to make up for it.
On the track its stats sadly speak the truth. Without TCS the BMW is fairly drivable as long as your careful with the throttle especially in the first and second gears as to much throttle will result in the cars tail coming out. I still recommend TCS as the throttle control can cost the this in the long run as with TCS you can go full throttle as long as you in the right direction. Its handling has sharp turn in and with the endless aerodynamics equipped the Beamer is very stable as with many GT2/GT3 race cars. I did found the GTR to dislike the curbs however probably because the ride height is very low. In terms of the speed the GTR will struggle even against other racing cars in R3 because of its lack of PI. The M3 is best used on the shorter tracks because of its lack of power buts is low handling will cost it against numerous cars. The V8 under the bonnets produces a decent 610 horse power and it will go from 0-60mph within 3.3 seconds, 0-100 within 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 182mph
Iberian Full R – #754 – 00:47.137
New York – #417 – 00:57.837
Suzuka West – #673 – 01:11.997
Camino Extreme – #1434 – 02:27.868
So overall I like the car but its sadly outclassed by many cars even some of the racing cars like the flying lizard GT3 RSR for example. Its also expensive too at three hundred thousand. I dunno if T10 have a hatred of BMWs as well as racing cars numerous racing cars in FM3 suffer from poor stats when compared to stuff like the FXX and the Mosler. I really hope that racing cars will be improved for FM4 or at least placed in a class in their own as there are simply way to many cars in the R classes that have little use besides cruising due to T10 giving terrible stats in most cases. I really find R3 to be really unbalanced in general. Overall I like the Beamer as its capable of puting forward decent times despite it numoruous difficulties.