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.
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.
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.
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.