BMW has revealed a special edition M4 to celebrate Marco Wittmann securing the 2016 DTM driver’s title … and it makes a stonking 368 kW.
That figure may look familiar to you. And it should, seeing as it is shared by none other than the BMW M4 GTS.
Yes, the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition borrows the water injection technology featured in the straight six-cylinder mill of the GTS, which sees peak outputs soar to 368 kW and 600 N.m. For the maths addicts, that’s an extra 51 kW and 50 N.m over the standard M4.
The Munich-based automaker says it will produce just 200 units of the M4 DTM Champion Edition, which sees off the obligatory sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3,8 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 305 km/h.
Just one paint colour will be available, though: Alpine White. But the German automaker has seen fit to slap on various aerodynamics components, each finished in visible carbon. These include the front splitter, the aero flicks positioned in front of the front wheel arches, the side-mirror caps, side skirt attachments, a rear diffuser as well as the hefty rear wing mounted on the boot lid.
In an effort to keep weight down, the bonnet, roof, instrument panel support and rear diffuser are all fashioned from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, while the end silencer of the double-flow sports exhaust system is made of lightweight titanium.
Lightweight alloys in the star-spoke design (finished in “Orbit Grey”) are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tyres (265/35 R19 front and 285/30 R20 rear), while M carbon-ceramic brakes are standard equipment. The individually adjustable three-way coilover suspension, meanwhile, is mechanically adjustable both for rebound and damping. Track day here we come.
Inside, there are “M Carbon” bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara/leather, with swathes of the former lining much of the cabin. There’s also an M Sports steering wheel, while a white rollover bar replaces the rear seats.
BMW says the M4 DTM Champion Edition is “currently under consideration for the South African market”. No word yet on pricing, but in Germany each unit will cost €148 500 (a little over R2,3-million).