M4 DTM Champion Edition announced

BMW has a long tradition of bringing out special edition models to celebrate racing success – think back to the E30 M3 and we had the Europa Meister, Cecotto and Ravaglia models – while in more recent times DTM success has been rewarded with a series of Champion Edition models. Hence the arrival of the latest M4 edition to celebrate Marco Wittmann’s second DTM driver’s title at the wheel of his Red Bull M4 DTM.

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The road-going version won’t be quite so extreme as his race car, but the limited run 2016 Champion Edition does feature a number of upgrades over a standard M4 Coupe. For starters it’s packing the same water-injected twin-turbo straight-six as the M4 GTS which is good for 500hp and 443lb ft of torque which endows it with a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 190mph.

The car’s handling has been refined thanks to a set of three-way adjustable coilovers while it’s been on a weight loss program too, with the bonnet and instrument panel support being constructed from CFRP while the exhaust is a part titanium system. To ensure the M4 stops as well as it goes it’s equipped with the carbon ceramic brake set up. Wheels are the 19- and 20-inch (front and rear respectively) Style 666M items from the GTS but for this application they’re painted in a matt Orbit grey finish.

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Externally the DTM Champion Edition can be identified by its Alpine White paintwork and a number of upgrades such as its carbon front spoiler, carbon aero flicks on the front corners, mirror caps, side skirt attachments, rear diffuser and an M Performance rear wing.

Inside the rear seats have been ditched in favour of a half cage while the front seats have been replaced with a pair of M Carbon buckets finished in alcantara and Merino leather. The rest of the cockpit is swathed in dark alcantara while the seat belts feature the M colours in their weave like those on the M4 Competition models.

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The M4 DTM Champion edition will be limited to just 200 examples and will cost 148,500 Euros in Germany – just about double the price of an standard M4.

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