Leib Engineering recently released their latest project, christened the Leib Engineering M3 GT 500. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the vital statistics are that it is based on the BMW M3 and that it has close to 500hp!
Leib Engineering fitted a few choice upgrades to the OEM BMW M3 shell. They include the carbon flaps under the front spoiler, side-view mirrors made of carbon and the carbon trunk cover, all taken from BMW’s Performance Program.
On the performance side of things, the Leib Engineering M3 GT 500 gets an in-house valve exhaust system made of high-grade steel. The manifold covers a 100-cell HJS catalyzer, an X-pipe with middle silencers and an end muffler with vacuum-controlled Pierburg valves. The sound of the system is controlled through the M-button.
As a result of the exhaust enhancements, the Leib Engineering M3 GT 500 gets a performance boost of 27.5hp as a result of its special design. This is further enhanced by engine mapping optimized by Leib Engineering. It releases a further 25hp for a peak performance figure of 470hp.
The Leib Engineering M3 GT 500 also gets a potent Brembo GT braking system, with red 6-piston fixed calipers on the front axle and 4-piston calipers at the rear. They get perforated 380×32-millimeter and perforated 320×28-millimeter brake discs on the front and rear respectively. The OEM BMW M220 forged rims remain coupled with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres.
Inside, the Leib Engineering M3 GT 500 cabin gets a fine alcantara material with BMW Performance seats. It also gets a BMW Performance steering wheel with display and a bespoke shift paddle or DKG gear lever knob.