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.
Gallery: 2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition
BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition marking Marco Wittmann’s 2016 DTM championship title.
Limited to 200 vehicles delivering 368 kW/500 hp and featuring cutting-edge motorsports technology.
Munich. Two years after winning his first championship title, BMW Motorsport Works Driver Marco Wittmann (DE) has once again secured the DTM driver’s title in the 2016 season finale at the Hockenheimring. To honour this success, BMW M is launching the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition (combined fuel consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 g/km)*. Compared to the series production BMW M4, the edition model, which is limited worldwide to 200 units, delivers a power output that has been increased by 51 kW/69 hp to 368 kW/500 hp and a maximum torque of 600 Nm, an increase of 50 Nm. Top-class motor racing technology for drive and suspension as well as a specific design following that of DTM racing cars built by BMW Motorsport render the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition a high-performance coupe with a focus on racetrack deployment and an exceptional collector’s item.
“Congratulations to Marco Wittmann, his team RMG and the entire crew from BMW Motorsport,” says Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH. “We have the pleasure of honouring Marco’s performance by producing a BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition in 2016 to mark his winning the DTM driver’s title. Never before has one of our edition models been so closely linked to motor racing.”
In terms of driving performance, the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition impresses with outstanding figures. It completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds, for example; top speed is limited to 305 km/h. This remarkable performance is not least possible through innovative water injection technology featured in the straight six-cylinder power unit already known from the BMW M4 GTS. Cooling of the combustion chambers made possible by this technology significantly raises the engine’s thermally-related performance limits, as the 16 percent increase in power output vs. the production model proves.
Distinctive exterior design inspired by DTM racing cars.
The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 is exclusively available in Alpine White. Design and shaping of the additional foiling is reminiscent of the look of DTM racing cars produced by BMW Motorsport, thus making the edition model’s close ties with the brand’s successes in probably the world’s most popular international touring car series evident at first glance. Moreover, various aerodynamics components finished in visible carbon give the car that distinctive racing car look. These include the front splitter, the aero flicks positioned in front of the front wheel arches, exterior mirror caps, side skirt attachments, a rear diffuser as well as the large rear wing firmly mounted on the boot lid.
Pure motor sports atmosphere in a classy, reduced interior.
Inside the two-seater BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016, both driver and co-driver sit in M Carbon bucket seats covered in exclusive Alcantara/Leather Merino. Furthermore, the entire interior is lined with exceptionally high-quality covering material Alcantara, also used on the M Sports steering wheel sporting a grey “12 o’clock” marker. Behind the front bucket seats of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition, a white rollover bar replaces the rear seat system.
In terms of comfort and safety, the edition model is by no means sparsely equipped. Features include the BMW navigation system Professional, air conditioning, adaptive LED headlights with BMW Selective Beam (glare-free high beam assistant), OLED taillights, Park Distance Control (PDC) at the front and rear as well as automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors.
Extensive measures to enhance driving dynamics.
Compared to the production version of the BMW M4, the DTM Champion Edition impresses not only with enhanced performance, but also with further optimized dynamic handling qualities. This is also the result of even more consistent implementation of the lightweight construction concept. In addition to other components, the bonnet, roof, instrument panel support and rear diffuser are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The end silencer of the double-flow sports exhaust system featuring two pairs of tailpipes is made of exceptionally lightweight titanium.
Optimal contact with the road is ensured by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tyres size 265/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear designed specifically for use on the racetrack and mounted on light alloys boasting a star spoke design 666 M in Orbit Grey matt. M carbon-ceramic brakes guarantee fade-free braking even in tough racing conditions. The individually adjustable 3-way coilover suspension is mechanically adjustable both for rebound and damping, thus allowing the car’s handling characteristics to be adapted according to personal taste.
The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 is limited to 200 worldwide and available with immediate effect at a price of 148,500 Euros (Germany).