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For Sale in the UK: BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition (RHD)

An RHD (right hand drive) BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition has been listed to be for sale by Romans International, UK’s leading supercar dealership. The first owner of this rare BMW would have had to dish out about £135,000 in the UK. Production of this rare RHD DTM Champion Edition is limited to only 200 units.

BMW revealed the M4 DTM Champion Edition in October 2016 as it paid tribute to Marco Wittmann, BMW Motorsport Works Driver who won the championship title in the same year. In just 2 years since making his first championship win, Wittmann once again held the DTM driver’s title in the 2016 finale. Never before has BMW come out with a special edition model that is so closely related to motor racing.

Unlike the standard M4, the DTM Champion Edition gets an additional 51kW and 50Nm under the hood. As a result of this, the Champion Edition model boasts a zero-100kmh acceleration in just 3.8 seconds with top speed of up to 305 km/h.

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Audi RS 5 DTM takes on 2017 season with more power, less downforce and softer tires

To the delight of many premium customers wanting to squeeze more performance from their Audi models, the German luxury carmaker recently took the wraps off the new Audi RS 5 Coupe at the 2017 International Geneva Motor Show. Sitting beside the new coupe is the premium brand’s latest Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters challenger – the new Audi RS 5 DTM – and it is ready to rumble for the 2017 season.

Created by Audi Sport, the Audi RS 5 DTM is derived from the Audi RS 5 Coupé that was unveiled simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi Motorsport chief Dieter Gass remarked that this marks the first time that a new DTM car was created in parallel with the production model, thereby highlighting the link between production and motorsport at Audi. He added that in developing the new RS 5 DTM, Audi used the previous-generation model as benchmark considering that it was the most successful DTM car in the past two seasons.

Aside from donning the new RS design language, the third-generation Audi RS 5 DTM has received various tweaks to make it compliant with DTM regulations. Several of these tweaks can be seen from the outside, as the new Audi RS 5 DTM is visually distinct from its predecessors. Aside from featuring a more progressive design, the new Audi RS 5 DTM offers more aerodynamic innovations.

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DTM Titleholder Marco Wittmann is given the keys to his very own BMW M4 Coupe

Those familiar with racing know that Marco Wittmann’s win during the 2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters held last May was noteworthy as it was his second title in four seasons. In the middle of November, particularly the 18th, it was revealed that Wittmann was in Munich to receive his very own BMW M4 Coupe that was fitted with the complete BMW M Performance Parts package.

Prior to being given his Java Green model, Wittmann was first given a detailed picture of the different parts equipped inside. He was even given the chance to experience what it meant to be behind the wheel of this excellent model on the same day.

With regards to improvement done, Wittmann revealed that his top choices include the spoiler in the rear as well as the diffuser made of carbon. Also included are the attachments on the side panel and the grille slats in the front that come in high-gloss black. The interior is just as excellent with the pedal pads and the gear selector trim. With the door sills being lighted with LEDs, the interior becomes a bit more special. Overall, the M Performance accessory lineup was made with motorsport knowledge in mind. In addition, it matches the respective models and can be used to meet personal needs.

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2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition launched to honor champ Marco Wittmann

For the second time in three years, German driver Marco Wittmann of BMW Team RMG reached the summit in the DTM Drivers’ Championship. Even though Wittmann only secured a fourth place finish in the final race this year at Hockenheimring, it was already enough to earn 206 points and take the crown. Second overall is Hockenheimring winner Edoardo Mortara of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

To celebrate this success, BMW is releasing a special edition model of the BMW M4 – the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016. This special edition will boast of a number of enhancements over the series production BMW M4, including those with regards to its power, driver and suspension technologies. It will also feature a number of styling modifications that will identify it as a special edition with specific links to DTM racing cars built by BMW Motorsport.

BMW M will make available just 200 examples of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 with a price tag of EUR148,500 (Germany).

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For a number of decades, BMW M Division has had a practice of creating special models using the mid-range series of the BMW M. These models were mainly designed to display better performance and have high-level driving dynamics.

The most current example of this tradition is the BMW M4 GTS. With only 700 units manufactured, the M4 GTS has combined fuel consumption at 8.5 1/100 km with combined CO2 emissions coming in at 199 g/km. To make sure that the public is able to see for themselves the outstanding performance qualities exhibited by this elite sports car, the brand chose a rather remarkable way of doing so. Specifically, for the 2016 season, the BMW M4 GTS will be the official DTM safety car.

To earn the privilege of being the lead car of what is considered the most popular international touring car series, the BMW M4 GTS has to meet high demands. As specified under DTM rules, the safety car has to be designed and even adapted to high-performance driving especially on the tracks.

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People who love Audi’s racing cars will certainly be thrilled when they find out that the company is bringing the same racing power to a car intended for the road. This car is the Audi A5 DTM selection special edition, the third of its kind to be produced by Audi.

It joins the A4 Sedan, which was produced in 2005 and the A5 Coupe, which came out in 2013. The Audi A5 DTM will have features that have been inspired by its racing cousin, features that have been slightly toned down to be road legal.

The two door coupe features a 3.0 liter TDI engine, built to deliver an impressive 245 horsepower rating, equivalent to 180 kW. The car is propelled forward by 9J by 20-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with 265/30 R 20 racing tires.

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Yesterday was a special day for BMW as the 2014 Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in the DTM went to the Bavarian manufacturer. Marco Wittmann and BMW Team RMG managed to bring the victory for BMW in the final race at the Hockenheimring in Germany. In order to mark this special event, BMW unveiled a special M4 Coupe that took its inspiration from Wittmann’s M4 DTM race car.

Dubbed M4 DTM Champion Edition, the new vehicle will be offered only in Europe and wearing the Alpine White Colour, in contrast with a matte black hood and trunk featuring colored stripes.

The Champion Edition will be built in a limited run of just 23 units, reflecting Wittman’s car number and will arrive with a special M kidney Grille with orange surround, an M logo rearwards the front wheel arches, the number 23 on the doors as well as the German flag, “WIT” and “DTM Champion 2014” lettering on the rear side windows. In addition, the vehicle gets 19-inch alloy wheels, a black front splitter, black side skirts, carbon front flaps, carbon mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a carbon diffuser insert from the M Performance Parts range.

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Earlier today, we revealed you the M4 DTM Champion Edition but this is not the only special model introduced by BMW. The German carmaker also announced the 1-Series DTM Sport Edition, a replacement for the M Sport Pack for the 1-Series that will be available from November 2014.

According to BMW, the 1-Series DTM Sport Edition arrives as standard with the M Sport Pack, xenon headlights with washers, 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats and an M steering wheel wrapped in leather. In addition, the exclusive interior trim includes high-gloss black and matt Oxide Silver accents.

The vehicle can be ordered with diesel or petrol engines, but he have to admit that the 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder petrol engine is the perfect choice.

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BMW has something to be proud of as in the 2014 DTM season will not only field eight M4 DTMs, but also the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car. Leading the 23 DTM racing cars, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car comes with plenty of BMW M Performance Parts such as the carbon fiber front splitter, mirror caps, rocker panel attachments, rear spoiler and rear diffuser.

Moreover, the vehicle features a BMW M Performance black grille, DTM safety car livery, new LED lights on the top, a BMW M Performance titanium exhaust system and titanium finishers. Inside, we find a new set of Recaro racing seats with Schroth harnesses, disassembly rear seat and a new roll bar.

Under the hood, there is the same 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics that delivers 431 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The new engine pushes the vehicle form 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.

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BMW Motorsport has already submitted necessary documents for the aerodynamic homologation of the 2014-spec DTM cars to the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (DMSB). After months of development work on the BMW M4 DTM, it was no longer possible to make modifications to fundamental areas, and it is now primed for a new phase of preparations for the start of the DTM season in Hockenheim, Germany in May 4.

The upcoming tests will mainly focus on optimizing detailed aspects of the package as well as on understanding how to fully use the full potential of the BMW M4 DTM. The BMW M4 DTM is based on the production version of the BMW M4 Coupé.

When stationary, the design’s contours highlight the performance of the two BMW M brothers. The BMW M4 DTM stands out as a BMW M vehicle thanks to its characteristic design elements like the modern twin headlight arrangement and unique twin-bar kidney grille as well as the power dome on the bonnet.

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Mike Rockenfeller of Audi Sport Team Phoenix managed to take the lead in the overall DTM standing after placing second in Lausitz. Starting from position six on the grid, Rockenfeller was able to race his way to second spot at the end of the race.

He switched from standard to option tires after just four laps, and was able to push his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM to limits thereafter. He managed to overtake Mercedes driver Robert Wickens as well as pressure race leader Gary Paffett. After his second pit stop, Rockenfeller focused on getting the second spot in the race, which points allowed him to grab the lead in the standings. He also posted the fastest lap and best pit stop in the Lausitz DTM.

Rockenfeller remarked that his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM was “absolutely fantastic” thanks to the option tires. He remarked that he had some difficulties using standard tires, but said they had a great strategy and perfect pit stops. He remarked that while he failed to grab the first place, he was able to score important points for the Championship. Jamie Green of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, drove his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM to fifth place to score his first points since switching to Audi.

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The organizers of NASCAR and GRAND-AM are planning to stage a United States-based race series for DTM racing cars like the Audi RS 5 DTM, opening a new motorsports opportunity for the German carmaker. Grand-Am Road Racing and the International Motor Sports Association inked a license and cooperation deal with the Internationale Tourenwagen-Rennen (ITR e.V.), which administers DTM racing.

This means that a dedicated platform for DTM cars should be in place in the US by 2016. The agreement complements a similar deal with the Japanese Super GT Championship organizers. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Member of the Board for Technical Development at Audi AG, said the deal means an opportunity arises in the future to race the Audi RS 5 DTM not only in Europe, but also in Asia and North America in premium championships.

Audi has been engaged in motorsport and was frequently successful in the USA during this period. In the 1980s, Audi won three straight victories at the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado. In 1988, Audi led the Trans-Am Series, and in 1989 the Audi 90 quattro was the prevailing car in the IMSA GTO series.

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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Audi brought the new RS5 DTM, its race touring car for the 2013 DTM season. According to the press release, the technical specification of the DTM car was ‘frozen’ in accordance with the regulations as the checkered flag fell at the last race of the 2012 season. As a result, the RS5 development was possibile in extremely limited form.

The model name Audi RS 5 DTM is new. As a result, Audi establishes a direct reference in the DTM to the company’s successful production models. “Motorsport is an integral part of the Audi DNA and is not an end in itself for our company,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer.

“At the end of the day, our customers benefit from the victories on the racetracks, because we attach great value to technology transfer between motorsport and production. Our new Audi RS 6 Avant, which we present here in Geneva, is a prime example: it combines downsizing of the engine with significantly less weight. And where do you learn this? In motorsport.”

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BMW M GmbH celebrates this success with the launching of its M3 DTM Champion Edition. This special-edition model mimics the looks of the racing car driven by Spengler and is available exclusively in gorgeous Frozen Black metallic. Meanwhile, the car’s carbon flaps and gurney, as well as its matt black wheels, its various dark chrome elements, and sections of its livery display close links with the victorious BMW M3 DTM. Also in conformity with the theme, the BMW M stripe design can be found over the CFRP (carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic) roof and boot lid, and the BMW M logo is fixed on the front wheel arches’ rear and decals can also be found on the rear side windows.

Inside, the champion edition car’s door sill strips copy the design of Spengler's helmet and its carbon-fiber interior trim strip carries his signature as well as the car’s serial number. What’s more, it contains a variety of exclusive interior additions, including an Alcantara steering wheel, a black Novillo leather trim plus features that come in contrasting Palladium Silver, and a handbrake lever that is embroidered with "M Power."

Moreover, technical elements such as the Competition package, M DCT Drivelogic, M Drive, as well as the M Driver's Package underscore the special model’s focus on high performance. Adding more “everyday” elements to the car are equipment like the Professional navigation system, Park Distance Control, and heated seats.

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BMW Motorsport’s Bruno Spengler (CA) won the drivers’ title of the BMW Bank M3 DTM in the tenth and final DTM race. It is Spengler’s fourth win of the season, capping an amazing comeback. In addition, BMW got the manufacturers’ title in Hockenheim (DE), while BMW Team Schnitzer finished the season at the top of the team standings after a spectacular finale.

Augusto Farfus (BR), who began the race from pole position, took third place to end the season on the podium. Second place went to Gary Paffett (GB, Mercedes), who led the standings while getting into the race. Fifth place went to Dirk Werner (DE, E-POSTBRIEF BMW M3 DTM), scoring 10 crucial points more for Team Principal Charly Lamm’s (DE) outfit.

Seventh place went to Andy Priaulx (GB, Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M3 DTM) while eighth place went to Joey Hand (US, SAMSUNG BMW M3 DTM). These rankings contributed to BMW’s rise from third to first in the manufacturers’ standings. Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW M Performance Parts M3 DTM) placed 14th after having his car damaged in the opening round.

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Mike "Rocky" Rockenfeller has taken the podium for the new Audi A5 DTM, with a third place finish in the DTM race at Brands Hatch in Great Britain. Meanwhile, in the overall classification, Mattias Ekström has improved to third position. There were five Audi A5 DTM automobiles that finished in the points. 

The German from Audi Sport Team Phoenix marked the foundation for the podium finish from the very beginning on the shortest DTM track of 2012. Although overtaking is extremely difficult on this track, he surpassed Christian Vietoris, who drove a Mercedes-Benz, with his Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM. He then advanced to third place behind Gary Paffett and Bruno Spengler.

Vietoris had begun from the front row. "Rocky" closed the gap to the BMW during the final phase of the 98-lap race, running on the second spot. However, he was not able to outperform the Lausitzring winner. In an interview, he shared that he wanted to obtain the points because "this third place was enormously important." He added that it provides a "new motivation boost" for the entire team. 

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Jenson Button, the race driver for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, will be gracing the third race of the current DTM season slated on May 18 to 20, 2012. Button’s visit is scheduled to be at the DTM race on May 20, where he will first meet fellow team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes member Gary Paffett, the current DTM championship leader with his THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé.

Paffett, who won the first race of the DTM season, will then show him around the new DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, and walk him through the differences of the DTM car and an F1 vehicle. After familiarizing with the controls of the new DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Button will then serve as “race taxi” driver, giving Paffett a ride around the Brands Hatch circuit.

Button, who won the opening race of the 2012 Formula 1 season in Melbourne, last drove around Brands Hatch in 1999 while competing for the British Formula 3 Championship. After ferrying Paffett around the course, Button will then participate in an autograph session for fans at 11:10 in the morning in front of the Mercedes-Benz hospitality suite.

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Bruno Spengler was able to fend off the pressure from Gary Paffett at Lausitz and come out on top as BMW got its first DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) win after 20 years in the sports.

Driving for the HWA Team, Paffett actually managed to have a quick start as he was third on the grid, bringing him to the tail of a polesitter Spengler at the first corner of the race. The two -- Paffett and Spengler were able to get away from the others early in the race.

For most of the race, the gap between Spengler and Paffett became steady at just under a second. However, Spengler, who now pilots for BMW Team Schnitzer, was able to significantly raise his advantage to about 1.5 seconds as both rounds of mandatory pits tops had neared.

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The winner of the 2012 DTM season opener at Hockenheim is British driver Gary Paffett (Thomas Sabo Mercedes AMG C-Coupé). He was ranked sixth on the grid but he then took a 4.7- second lead on Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé). This is the 18th win of Paffett in the DTM. It’s also his fourth victory at Hockenheim.

Throughout Paffett’s career, this would be his 26th podium in the 82nd DTM race and his seventh in a DTM race at Hockenheim. Paffett’s 18 wins and a 22% winning rate mean that he has the highest number of wins among the drivers that are competing at the DTM. This is Paffett and Green’s 100th one-two victory for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM since 1988. This is the sixth straight win of Mercedes at the home race in Hockenheim (opener and finale).

This is the automaker’s third consecutive win of DTM season opener (Paffett 2010 and 2012, and Bruno Spengler, 2011). Since 1988, Mercedes-Benz has racked up 32 overall wins of 65 DTM races at the Hockenheimring. In this same period, Mercedes-Benz drivers won a total of 166 times in 343 DTM races. But in the three-way rivalry between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Paffett’s win is the first during the new DTM era.

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Audi Sport’s newest car, the Audi A5 DTM, is set to make its racing debut on April 29, 2012 at the Hockenheimring, exactly nine months after it was rolled out. Audi hopes to continue its winning run with the A5 DTM in Hockenheimring, after two of its cars made remarkable season-opening victories.

Audi Sport Team Joest drove the Audi R18 TDI into an opening round win at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in mid-March.The WRT customer team, meanwhile, drove the new Audi R8 LMS ultra into another Audi victory at the first race of the FIA GT1 World Championship. Audi is now preparing for the season opener for the DTM series, which marks the start of a new age for the touring car racing series.

For this season, the DTM is racing with coupe cars, the first time since 2003. It will also mark the first time in 20 years that the three big German premium carmakers - Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - are competing against each other again. However, it is difficult to determine which German carmaker has the advantage over the others, despite several joint track tests including the ones at Valencia, Spain, and at the Hockenheimring.

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