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

Article by Christian A., on October 20, 2016

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).

Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH, congratulated Wittmann, his team RMG and t

Exterior Design

Only available in Alpine White, the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 features additional foiling designed and shaped similar to the appearance of DTM racing cars from BMW Motorsport.

Thus, it is easy to recognize the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 as having a close link to racing units used in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. In addition, the new BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 is laden with several aerodynamics elements -- in visible carbon – for a more characteristic racing car appearance.

These elements include the front splitter, exterior mirror caps and aero flicks in front of the front wheel arches, as well as side skirt attachments, a large rear wing mounted on the boot lid and a rear diffuser.

To further optimize the dynamic handling nature of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016, it rides on Orbit Grey matt light alloy wheels -- with a star spoke design 666 M – wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires (sizes 265/35 R19 on the front and 285/30 R20 on the rear). Fade-free braking comes courtesy of M carbon-ceramic brakes.

In addition, drivers could adapt the handling attributes of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 according to their preferences thanks to the adjustable three-way coilover suspension (rebound and damping).

Comfort and safety elements in the new BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 include adaptive LED headlights with BMW Selective Beam (glare-free high beam assistant), OLED taillights and Park Distance Control (PDC) at the front and rear. Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors, BMW navigation system Professional and air conditioning are also included.

Interior Design

Meanwhile, the interior of the new BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 features two M Carbon bucket seats wrapped in exclusive Alcantara/Leather Merino.

High-quality Alcantara is also used as interior lining and as cover on the M Sports steering wheel, which feature a grey “12 o’clock” marker. The rear seats of the production M4 are replaced by a white rollover bar in the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition.

Powertrain

The new BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 is powered by a straight six-cylinder engine that has been tuned to deliver 51 kW (69 hp) more output to 368 kW (500 hp) and 50 Nm more torque to 600 Nm while consuming just 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km and emitting only 199 grams of carbon dioxide per km (both combined figures).

This level of power and the aerodynamic nature of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 are enough to propel it from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds, and achieve a limited top speed of 305 km/h. The straight six-cylinder engine features water injection technology that is found in the BMW M4 GTS. This technology’s cooling prowess could substantially hike the engine’s temperature related performance limits. In fact, this technology helps the engine to hike its output by 16 percent compared to the conventional model.

BMW M also exhausted numerous measures to ensure that its dynamic handling attributes are further optimized. This could be attributed to the fact that the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 adopted a lightweight construction concept to make it lighter than the production model.

For instance, several components are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) like its roof, bonnet, instrument panel support and even its rear diffuser. Its double-flow sports exhaust system feature and end silencer are made from titanium.

Press Release

BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition marking Marco Wittmann’s 2016 DTM championship title.

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).

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