A WIN this year in the German equivalent of Australia’s Supercars championship has given BMW something to celebrate – and we’re getting the gift.
The carmaker has announced it will bring 10 BMW M4 DTM Champion Editions Down Under to celebrate the 2016 title win, sealed after driver Marco Wittman took this year’s crown for the German luxury brand.
The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or DTM, is to German manufacturers what the Supercar championship is to Holden and Ford.
BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz all invest heavily in the championship, and winning the title is a point of significant pride in their home country.
Wittman made his debut in DTM in 2013, won the championship in 2014, and doubled-down this year. BMW says the M4 DTM Championship Edition was built to commemorate his significant talent and achievements
Priced from $295,000, the cars will wear a commemorative plaque and carry over much of the technology from the BMW M4 GTS.
“Securing five per cent of the M4 DTM Champion Edition’s global allocation is an honour for BMW in this country,” BMW Group Australia chief executive Marc Werner said. “It once again proves the popularity of M Division product ‘Down Under’.
“On the back of the sold-out M4 GTS, the M4 DTM Champion Edition offers similar racetrack-inspired performance with further exclusivity, and is a fitting tribute to Marco’s achievements.”
Power boosts to 368kW and 600Nm, a 51kW and 50Nm gain over the ‘standard’ M4.
The DTM Champion Edition has the same water-injected turbo system used in the GTS, along with aggressive exterior add-ons. Inside, the car receives motorsport-inspired racing bucket seats and a roll-cage.
To really drive home its motorsport heritage, the DTM Champion Edition also has a six-point harness and a fire extinguisher.
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