BMW M3 DTM
A few months after BMW unveiled the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car, the German automaker officially revealed the M3 DTM in all of its M Performance glory. These vehicles were designed to race in the 2012 DTM series. Many aspects of the M3 DTM remained the same as the concept car in terms of aesthetics and performance.
The major difference between the concept car and the final version of the BMW M3 DTM was the color choice. For the actual M3 DTM, BMW decided to stray away from the matte black finish and stick to the classic finish that was inspired by the original M3 race cars that raced in the “old DTM,” in particular the white finish with the red and blue accents running around the entirety of the vehicle. The car’s aerodynamics – scoops, intakes, wing, etc. – were developed in close collaboration with the engineers of the actual DTM series production.
Inside the cabin, weight reduction is focus number one for the BMW engineers. Stripping out all of the unnecessary amenities including air conditioning, radio, speakers, power seats and passenger seats, the engineers managed to reduce the car’s weight significantly. The 2012 BMW M3 racing steering wheel is paired with a sequential 6-speed gearbox to minimize the time it takes to change gears.
The 2012 BMW M3 DTM carries a powerful 4.0-liter V8 engine from the base M3 that has been equipped with an air restrictor as per DTM series regulations. Producing 480 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, hitting 60 mph from a dead stop takes only 3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 186 mph.
Before 2012, the last time that BMW had participated in the DTM series was in 1987, making their return in 2012 that much more of a big deal.