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BMW reveals M4 DTM Champion Edition

To celebrate works driver Marco Wittmann securing the DTM driver’s title, BMW has launched a special M4 DTM Champion Edition.

Wittmann clinched his second Drivers’ Championship in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM at the season finale in Hockenheim. The new Champion Edition model features a design that mimics the DTM racing cars built by the German brand’s Motorsport division, and delivers a power output of 500hp with maximum torque of 600Nm. The 0-62mph sprint takes 3.8 seconds on to a currently estimated top speed of 190 mph, courtesy of a straight six with water injection technology, borrowed from the BMW M4 GTS.

Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH commented: “Congratulations to Marco Wittmann, his team RMG and the entire crew from BMW Motorsport. We have the pleasure of honouring Marco’s performance by producing a BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition in 2016 to mark his winning the DTM driver’s title. Never before has one of our edition models been so closely linked to motor racing.”

Exclusively available in Alpine White, the design and shaping of the additional foiling is inspired by the look of DTM racing cars. Various aerodynamics components finished in visible carbon also give the car that distinctive racing car look. These include the front splitter, the aero flicks positioned in front of the front wheel arches, exterior mirror caps, side skirt attachments, and a rear diffuser as well as the large rear wing firmly mounted on the boot lid.

On the inside of the the two-seater, both driver and co-driver sit in M Carbon bucket seats covered in Alcantara/Leather Merino. The entire interior is lined with high-quality Alcantara, also used on the M Sports steering wheel featuring a grey “12 o’clock” marker. Behind the front bucket seats a white rollover bar replaces the rear seats.

Despite the sporty features the M4 DTM still comes with Sat Nav, air conditioning, adaptive LED headlights, OLED taillights, Park Distance Control (PDC) at the front and rear as well as automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors.

In comparison to the production version M4, the DTM Champion Edition features further optimised dynamic handling as a result of a 'more consistent implementation' of the lightweight construction concept. In addition to other components, the bonnet, roof, instrument panel support and rear diffuser are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The end silencer of the double-flow sports exhaust system featuring two pairs of tailpipes is made of exceptionally lightweight titanium.

Optimal contact with the road is ensured by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tyres size 265/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear, designed specifically for use on the racetrack and mounted on light alloys with a star spoke design in Orbit Grey matt. M carbon-ceramic brakes guarantee fade-free braking, and the individually adjustable 3-way coilover suspension is mechanically adjustable both for rebound and damping, allowing the car’s handling characteristics to be adapted according to personal taste.

Full UK spec and prices for the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition have yet to be announced.