With the M4 GTS' water injection, the new limited-run model boasts a mighty 500 horsepower.
About two years ago, BMW decided to celebrate Marco Wittmann's success in the 2014 DTM season by introducing an M4 DTM Champion Edition with a series of upgrades over the regular model. Fast forward to present day, BMW is doing it once again for the same model to celebrate the new driver’s title secured by the same BMW Motorsport Works driver.
The highlight of the limited-run M4 Coupe DTM Champion Edition is the Bosch-developed water injection system, which made its debut last year on the sold-out M4 GTS from where the new car is also sourcing the OLED taillights. It allows the engine to generate a massive 500 horsepower (368 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque and help the car hit 62 mph (100 kph) in only 3.8 seconds. Much like in the M4 GTS, top speed is electronically governed at 189.5 mph (305 kph).
Available exclusively with an Alpine White paint, the new special M4 Coupe comes with a special livery as a nod to Wittmann’s DTM car. It also has an assortment of aero bits finished in carbon fiber, including the front splitter, side mirror caps and skirts, as well as the aero flicks ahead of the front wheel arches. At the back, the big rear wing has also received the carbon fiber treatment.
As it’s the case with the M4 GTS, the new special edition adopts a two-seater interior cabin with a rollover bar replacing the rear seats. Even though it’s a performance-oriented machine, the DTM Champion Edition comes nicely equipped with navigation, air conditioning, parking sensors, along with automatically-dimming mirrors, and full LED adaptive headlights.
To cut weight even further over the standard M4, the limited-run model uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the hood, roof, instrument panel, and for the rear diffuser. For the same purpose, lightweight titanium has been used for the sports exhaust system equipped with quad tips. While there's no word about the car's weight, it should tip the scales at somewhere in the region of the M4 GTS' 1,510 kilograms (3,328 pounds).
It sits on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires backed by carbon-ceramic brakes delivering optimal stopping power. The engineers from BMW’s M division have also fitted the hardcore M4 Coupe with an individually-adjustable, three-way coilover suspension to sharpen up handling.
Only 200 units are going to be sold worldwide, with pricing in Germany kicking off at €148,500. It makes it a tad more expensive than the M4 GTS that was sold from €146,200 in its domestic market and was globally available in 700 examples.