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.
gallery: BMW M3 Coupe
BMW Motorsport returned to the DTM in 2012 after almost 20 years away, and the results in its comeback year exceeded all expectations. Canadian driver Bruno Spengler won the drivers’ title, BMW Team Schnitzer finished in top spot in the team standings, and BMW claimed the manufacturers’ honours.
BMW M GmbH is celebrating this success with the unveiling of the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition. Mimicking the looks of Spengler’s racing car, this special-edition model is available exclusively in Frozen Black metallic, while the carbon flaps and gurney, various dark chrome elements, matt black wheels and sections of the race car’s livery also betray its close links with the triumphant BMW M3 DTM. The theme is continued by the BMW M stripe design over the CFRP roof and boot lid, BMW M logo to the rear of the front wheel arches and decals in the rear side windows.
Inside the car, the door sill strips replicate Spengler’s helmet design and the carbon-fibre interior trim strip bears the newly crowned champion’s signature and the car’s serial number.
The special-edition model also contains various exclusive interior additions, such as the Alcantara® steering wheel, handbrake lever embroidered with “M Power” lettering, and extended black Novillo leather trim with features in contrasting Palladium Silver.
Technical elements like the Competition package, M Drive, M DCT Drivelogic and the M Driver’s Package underline the car’s focus on high performance. Equipment including the Professional navigation system, heated seats and Park Distance Control add more “everyday” ingredients to the model.
BMW M is also offering the 54 new custodians of the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition – which will be available in various international markets – a very special extra. Owners of this automotive rarity will have the chance to attend the BMW M Fascination Nordschleife driver training course under the watchful eye of Bruno Spengler. One of the most coveted elements of the BMW Driving Experience programme, the course is held on the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife track, where BMW M cars are put through extremely exacting testing sessions and final chassis tuning is carried out.
The BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition will be built at BMW’s Regensburg plant and the BMW M GmbH factory from February 2013. Prices in Germany start from €99,000.00 including VAT.