The ultra racy version of the BMW M4 Coupe, called the DTM Champion Edition, has received a lot of demand from potential Australian customers - much like other recent high-performance models from BMW such as the M2 and M4 GTS.
As a result, BMW Australia has managed to secure 10 units of the limited run DTM specials out of the 200 planned for production or 5 percent of the global allocation. The cars will be offered to previous customers who have already ordered an M4 GTS which is mechanically identical to the DTM, but is obviously much more exclusive with the hefty price tag to match.
It was created to celebrate the 2016 victory of BMW team racing driver Marco Wittman in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or German Touring Car) championship. However, despite being tempted to jump over to the DTM over the equally high performance M4 GTS, customers are sticking with their original order.
Both cars are powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six petrol engine that’s been tuned to produce 51kW more power and 50Nm more than the standard M4, with 368kW and 600Nm under the driver’s right foot.
It employs a special water-injection cooling system to regulate the car’s induction system thermals, which in turn allows the car to be tuned to extract more power and torque while remaining within road going tolerances.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission and improves upon the standard M4’s 0-100km/h sprint time by 0.3 seconds, now taking just 3.8 seconds.
The differences between the GTS and DTM Champion Edition is the exterior treatment. The latter receives more carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) components, with the lightweight material used for the roof, front splitter, rear diffuser, bonnet, and rear spoiler.
Over a normal M4, it also gets a titanium exhaust system, OLED tail lamps and adaptive from illumination, just like the GTS. But the race themed special edition includes some competition-spec touches such as a roll cage, fire extinguisher, Alcantara interior, lightweight carbon bucket seats with six-point harnesses, and even more lightweight air where the rear seats used to be.