Much to the dismay of some well-heeled DTM fanatics, the BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition is not coming to South Africa, but we though it would be worth a peek anyway.
In 2012, BMW triumphed in DTM with Bruno Spengler and decided to celebrate with a special M3 Coupe DTM Champion Edition and now they are doing it again with an M4 after Marco Wittmann’s success in the 2014 season.
The car was created in honour of BMW’s Marco Wittmann, who has won this year’s DTM championship. Launched to a surprised and elated Wittmann on the evening after the final race of the year, the limited edition (only 23 are to be built) will prowl around in the colours of the 24-year-old German driver’s Ice-Watch DTM race car.
This special edition BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition comes after 2012’s namesake M3 Coupe which came out as a celebration of Bruno Spengler’s DTM success and was built in 54 examples as a reference to the number of DTM wins BMW had at that time.
Its bold colour scheme thus includes a striped bonnet and boot, the number ’23’ on the doors and some race lettering on the rear side windows.
While there are no engine mods to speak of (who’s complaining about the standard version’s ferocious 317kW six-cylinder turbopetrol?) the Championship Edition is also set apart by a glut of additional lightweight and aerodynamic components.
These include a diffuser insert, mirror caps and front flaps made from carbon, black front splitter and side skirt blade as well as 19-inch alloy wheels.
Upon entry, owners will also be greeted by Wittmann’s autograph on the door sill plates and interior trim strips as well as “DTM Champion 2014 lettering.”