The 2001 BMW M3 GTR GT (E46) is a race car developed by BMW based on their M3 E46. It competed during the 2001 racing season under both the BMW Motorsport and Team Schnitzer teams, with the car being entered in the GT class of The American Le Mans Championship and the European Le Mans Series.
It was originally fitted with a 3.2L inline-six engine based on the engine of the standard E46 M3. The car first entered the GT class of the American Le Mans Series in 2000, in which it only took a single victory and was beaten on several occasions by the Porsche 911 GT3-R.
A newly developed P60B40 V8 engine was quickly placed into the race car before the beginning of the racing 2001 season. It was developed alongside the BMW V10 engine that was used to power Williams Formula 1 cars during the 2001 F1 season. The old engine was ditched as BMW's engineers couldn't squeeze any more horsepower out of it.
The new engine gave the BMW M3 GTR a competitive edge over the Porsche 911 GT3-R and allowed the M3 GTR to win seven out of the ten events in the GT category in the 2001 season. Porsche claimed during the 2001 ALMS season that BMW had violated the ALMS entry rules and the spirit of Gran Turismo. This was based on the fact that the V8 engine in the M3 GTR was not available in any road legal BMW M3.
BMW produced 10 road going GTR models for sale after the 2001 ALMS season ended as the rules required that the entered cars must be placed on sale on two continents within twelve months of the season beginning. The ALMS rules were changed for the GT class heading into the 2002 season, and required that at least 100 units as well as 1,000 engines be built for a car to qualify. The revised rules forced BMW to pull the M3 GTR from the following American Le Mans Series season.
However, it made its return to motorsport when the BMW-backed Schnitzer Motorsport team entered two M3 GTRs for the 2003 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race. The M3 GTR participated in the race for the following two years and scored a 1-2 victory for the team in 2004 and 2005.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
The BMW M3 GTR appears in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and is available from the beginning of the career mode.
The career partially revolves around the M3 GTR as it is the player's car at the beginning of the game until it is sabotaged. The car will be returned to the player after defeating Blacklist racer #1 - Razor - which also unlocks it for Quick Race play.
It has strong handling, acceleration and top speed capabilities, however, it receives a mediocre speed boost from its nitrous injection.
The player's personal M3 GTR is made available during the Career prologue, but is unlocked in the Career mode upon the player defeating Blacklist Rival #1: Clarence "Razor" Callahan, and fleeing Rockport to escape Sergeant Cross' pursuit.
Upon being unlocked, it is added to the player's garage in Career mode, and is also made available as a Bonus car for use in Quick Race or multiplayer. It can not be selected for customisation in My Cars.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0
The BMW M3 GTR appears in Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 and is unlocked upon defeating Blacklist Racer #1 - Clarence "Razor" Callahan. It comes with a unique livery not featured in other releases meaning visual customisation and performance upgrade options are not available for the car.
The M3 GTR has the most powerful acceleration of all the cars in the game along with a high top speed and handling rating.
Need for Speed: Carbon
It can be unlocked through gameplay, but can be unlocked early through purchasing a downloadable content pack; the Custom Car Bundle 2 pack.
The start of the Career mode sees the player attempting to escape from Cross through one of the canyon routes. Before they can reach Palmont City, they drive into a construction area at the base of the canyon, and total the M3 GTR.
It has a lower top speed and worse acceleration than other tier 3 exotic cars, but makes up for it with great handling.
The custom M3 GTR is unlocked for use in Quick Race upon the player completing the "BMW M3 GTR" Reward Card:
- Most Wanted: Raise the Heat on your car to Level 5 while in Career Freeroam
- Fast Wheels: Cause 200,000 Cost to State in a single pursuit while in Career Freeroam
- Collector: Unlock 33 cars
- Conqueror: Conquer all the tracks in Career mode
Top Speed 6.8
Need for Speed: World
The BMW M3 GTR appeared in the closed alpha release of Need for Speed: World. In beta builds of the game, the vehicle was replaced with a custom BMW M3 (E46) featuring a body kit and spoiler that resemble the BMW M3 GTR.
The files for the BMW M3 GTR were later re-added near the end of 2010, and could be found in the directory of the game, but Its mesh and texture files were removed in later builds of the game.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
Purchasing the Need for Speed Heroes Pack will unlock a Most Wanted racer within single player that will reward the player with the M3 GTR upon completion. It is unlocked in multiplayer upon the player completing 24 SpeedList events in Sports cars.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) (Mobile)
The M3 GTR appears as an Exotic class car in the iOS and Android releases. It is unlocked and given to the player for free upon completing the #1 Most Wanted event. Its best trait is depicted as acceleration, although speed and handling are also rated high.
Need for Speed: No Limits
The M3 GTR appears in Need for Speed: No Limits as part of 3.2.2 update and featured in the "Need for Speed: Urban Legend" special event that took place from December 12, 2018 to December 19, 2018. The starting performance rating is 518.
The stock M3 GTR is a classic sports class car that requires 40 legendary blueprints to unlock. The blueprints required to unlock the vehicle can be found from various sources;
- "Need for Speed: Urban Legend" special event
- Black Market
Receive 400 mechanic level XP by building up and 1400 mechanic level XP by fully staging up this car.
|x40 Legendary Blueprints||7724||6540||7132||822|
Need for Speed: Edge
The M3 GTR (E46) 2001 appears in Need for Speed: Edge with an S class performance rating.
Requires 500 blueprints to produce
Top Speed 709
Nitro Capacity 702
Need for Speed: Heat
Its appearance is foreshadowed during the cutscene at the end of the mission "Follow The Law", a dark blue M3 GTR can be seen on the back of a flatbed truck in the Task Force's chop shop. As the player and Ana sneak around the chop shop, two officers can be overheard recounting how they acquired it; "You should've seen his face last night when I loaded it on the truck, thought he was gonna cry", to which another replies, "Ah, Frank would've loved that".
It is later driven by Frank Mercer during the mission "Breaking The Law", in which he attempts to flee from the Palm City Police Department discovering his Task Force's shipment of cars. As the player and Ana's chase down Mercer, Lucas remarks that the PCPD will never be able to catch him and police chatter acknowledges that they've lost him whilst apprehending members of his Task Force.
It has a customisation rating of zero and can not be visually customised in any manner, but can be equipped with performance parts.
HIGH SPEED 2.3
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 345
0-60 MPH [s] 4.60
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 269
TOP SPEED [mph] 177
|Customisation (Rating: 0/10) This vehicle can not be visually altered|
Engine Swaps (10 Available)
345 hp 4.0L V8
[hp] 345 / 1,009
276 hp 1.3L Wankel
[hp] 276 / 725
338 hp 3.2L I6
[hp] 338 / 861
493 hp 3.0L I6
[hp] 493 / 884
456 hp 4.0L V8
[hp] 456 / 1,014
503 hp 2.9L V6
[hp] 503 / 905
567 hp 4.4L V8
[hp] 567 / 1,096
591 hp 3.8L V8
[hp] 591 / 1,048
570 hp 4.5L V8
[hp] 570 / 1,118
591 hp 4.4L V8
[hp] 591 / 1,120
- The M3 GTR appears on the box art of Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
- The BMW M3 GTR depicted on the box art of Need for Speed: Most Wanted features a different wheel design compared to the M3 GTR that appears in the title. The in-game model features a set of 20-spoke rims although the box-art model features a set of 5 spokes at the hub which split into 10 towards the wheel hoop.
- The M3 GTR is often erroneously associated to be Razor's car; even though it is the player's car.
- In Need for Speed: Most Wanted, the player can keep the M3 GTR at heat level 6 as long as they do not modify any of its visual attributes and use other cars for race events.
- In Need for Speed: Most Wanted, its livery has a Platinum Silver body with Le Mans Blue stripes.
- In Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Need for Speed: Carbon, the M3 GTR has reduced performance in the career mode prologue sections to provide an easier introductory driving experience.
- In Need for Speed: Carbon, the player races against an M3 GTR in a Gold Ranked Canyon Duel Challenge Series event.
- In Need for Speed: Carbon, the M3 GTR is seen in the Gold Ranked Canyon Checkpoint Challenge Series event.
- In Need for Speed: ProStreet, Need for Speed: Undercover, Need for Speed: World, and Need for Speed (2015), the BMW M3 (E46) can be equipped with a body kit that resembles the M3 GTR.
- In Need for Speed (2015), a unique "Deluxe" M3 E46 based on the M3 GTR can be unlocked with purchase of the game's Deluxe Edition.
- In Need for Speed: Payback, a unique "Most Wanted" M3 E46 based on the M3 GTR could be unlocked when it was available as an abandoned car.
- The TV show Tuner Transformation created a replica of the BMW M3 GTR based on an E46 330Ci.
- In Need for Speed: Heat, the M3 GTR Legends Edition is incorrectly listed as a 2006 model year despite the specification appearing in all prior games to have only competed during the 2001 American, European, and Petit Le Mans Series.
- In Need for Speed: Heat, the M3 GTR Legends Edition is incorrectly listed as producing 345 bhp and 365 Nm of torque.
- An unused vinyl for the M3 GTR in Need for Speed: Most Wanted resembles the 2004 Schnitzer Motorsport M3 GTR livery, which won the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race that year.
- The M3 GTR was the first car produced and shown for internal presentations of Criterion Games' Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012), but was not included as part of the release car line-up.
- Website: https://www.racingsportscars.com/ (2004) Complete Archive of Chassis 001/2001Available at: https://www.racingsportscars.com/chassis/archive/001__2001.html
- Website: https://www.racingsportscars.com/ (2004) Complete Archive of Chassis 003/2001Available at: https://www.racingsportscars.com/chassis/archive/003__2001.html
- Website: https://www.racingsportscars.com/ (2004) Complete Archive of Chassis 004/2001Available at: https://www.racingsportscars.com/chassis/archive/004__2001.html
- Article: ea.com (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-heat/news/nfs-heat-car-list
- Article: gtplanet.net (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at: https://www.gtplanet.net/need-for-speed-heat-car-list/
- Video: Hoonigan AutoFocus (2021) Need For Speed M3, In Real Life! Powered BMW M3 GTR Tribute. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhdcxalpjmU
- IGN: Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012) - DLC Developer Commentary