2012 marks the 40th anniversary of BMW’s M subsidiary and the company took the opportunity to celebrate this event in the coolest ways possible. The company invited lots of press journalist this week at Nürburgring for a special event where they saw the upcoming M6 GranCoupe in the flesh.
But, next to it BMW also brought a special M3 DTM Champion Edition, which is a tribute to Bruno Spengler’s championship in the recently concluded DTM 2012 season. The model will be limited to only 54 units. Why 54 units? To pay tribute to all the 54 BMW’s DTM races in its history, of course.
This special M3 is painted Frozen Black — a color that mimics the matte black in the M3 DTM — combined with carbon flaps and gurney, various dark chrome elements, and matte black wheels. This special edition also receives BMW’s M-stripe design over the roof and boot lid, a BMW M logo to the rear of the front wheel arches and decals in the rear side windows.
Inside the cabin, BMW added a carbon-fiber trim strip with the champion’s signature and the car’s serial number. There is also an Alcantara steering wheel, handbrake lever embroidered with "M Power" badges and extended black Novillo leather trim with features in contrasting Palladium Silver.
The model will be offered with a standard ZCP Competition Package which includes: black wheels, gloss-black air inlets on the bonnet, carbon-fiber front splitters and carbon-fiber rear spoiler. As standard equipment, the model will add Competition package, M Drive, M DCT Drivelogic and the M Driver’s Package. It will also include a navigation system, heated seats and Park Distance Control.
The new BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition will go into production at BMW’s Regensburg plant and the BMW M GmbH factory in February 2013, and will carry an MSRP of €99,000 (about $130,000 at the current exchange rates).
Updated 12/05/2012: BMW has finally released the official details on its special edition M3 DTM Champion Edition.