Gridlock at The ’Ring as BMW, Bugatti, and AMG go testing

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It’s been a busy few days on The Green Hell of Germany’s Nürburgring, with BMW pounding out laps in its new M3 and M4, Bugatti putting miles on the Chiron Pur Sport, and Mercedes-AMG testing the GT-R Black Series.

BMW M3 Ring testing 1
BMW M3 Ring testing 2

First take a look at the M3. The latest M-car is set to deliver 480 hp from its 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six, or 510 hp in Competition guise. The standard car will offer a six-speed manual transmission with the Competition switching to an eight-speed M Steptronic unit. Initially the M3 will come in rear-drive only, with the four-wheel-drive M xDrive being introduced later. The M4 is essentially the same spec, but with fewer doors and that gigantic grille. The official launch is September.


Bugatti’s Chiron Pur Sport will be limited to just 60 owners, but they’ll be getting a car that has had its suspension, steering and chassis control systems fined tuned on The Ring. The car features optimized aerodynamics, shorter gear ratios and new tires compared to the “regular” Chiron. Yours for just over $3 million if they weren’t already sold. YouTuber Mishka Charoudin joined Bugatti for a ride as you can see in the video below.


Finally, the latest Mercedes-AMG GT-R Black Series has also been spotted with a gigantic rear wing, designed so that it doesn’t take off at flugplatz. Other enhancements include a front grille derived from the AMG GT-R GT3 racer, wider arches and beefier front splitter. At the rear you can’t miss that massive double-deck rear wing and a new diffuser. Mercedes-AMG hasn’t released full details yet, but given that the standard GT3 makes over 585 hp, you can expect the Black Series to break the 600 hp barrier when it’s revealed later in the year. In the meantime enjoy watching it in action in the video below where we learn that is, at least, faster than a Porsche Cayenne.

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