Well-deserved one-off M4 for a well-deserved champion

If you race for BMW and you win a championship, there’s a good chance that the German automaker will create a limited edition car to celebrate your conquest and for bringing honor and glory to Bavaria. Two-time DTM Driver’s Champion Marco Wittman has received this honor twice, having won the DTM championship for BMW in 2014 and 2016. The German automaker subsequently celebrated those two titles by releasing special edition M4 models, both of which went on sale in very limited quantities. But the awards just keep coming to the 26-year-old German racer and the latest one comes in the form of an M Performance-enhanced, Java Green BMW M4 that BMW gave to its title-winning driver.

To be clear, the one-off M4 Coupe is different from the M4 DTM Champion Edition that BMW launched to celebrate Wittman’s DTM driver’s title. That model will be sold in limited quantities – only 200 units – in Germany. This particular Java Green M4 is for Wittman alone. It’s a literal one-off model and he has the keys to it. It’s his.

Wittman joked that the M4 is his new “company car,” and if it is indeed that, it’s a pretty incredible one at that. Not only does it have a unique paint finish, it also has an assortment of aerodynamic bits and pieces that BMW’s M Performance division installed specifically to make the car that much more exclusive. It’s no wonder that Wittman was effusive with praise when he was handed the keys to the car, even complementing the Java Green paint finish as a color that “suits me very well.”

We’d be appreciative too if BMW built a one-off car specifically for us. Beyond the car though, the gesture is something that isn’t new to the German automaker. It’s built a lot of this special edition models for championship-winning race cars, past and present. Even Marc Marquez, the three-time Moto GP champion who doesn’t even race for BMW – he races for Repsol Honda – has been the recipient of special edition BMW cars as part of the company’s BMW M Awards in MotoGP. Marquez took ownership of a BMW M2 a few weeks after winning the M Award for the fourth time in a row, establishing his own reputation as the fastest qualifier in MotoGP.

But as nice as Marquez’s new M2 is, Wittman’s one-off M4 is a little saucier in our eyes. Translation: we like that one better.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Coupe “Wittman” Edition.

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What makes the BMW M4 Coupe "Wittmann" Edition special

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Marco Wittman may be a fantastic racer, but if he’s not on the track, he could spend some of his spare time working with BMW M Performance Parts. That’s because Wittman actually had a hand in picking out the aerodynamic pieces he wanted put into his one-off BMW M4. Ultimately, Wittman “settled” for a few notable pieces, including a rear spoiler, carbon rear diffuser, side panel attachments, and high-gloss black front grille slats. The individual pieces serve their own functions, but when you put them together, they paint a completely different, if not more impressive, picture. Combine all of the aero bits with that unique metallic Java Green paint finish and you have an M4 that’s definitely been personalized to suit Wittman’s tastes.

Move inside and the upgrades continue with a carbon gear selector trim, LED-illuminated door sills, and new pedal pads. Okay, so they’re not as extravagant as the exterior upgrades, but they still point directly to Wittman’s wishes for his one-off M4. You can’t blame the man for keeping his one-off M4’s cabin as stock as stock can be. After all, it is his car.

Combine all of the aero bits with that unique metallic Java Green paint finish and you have an M4 that’s definitely been personalized to suit Wittman’s tastes.

Speaking of keeping it stock, the M4 Coupe “Wittman” Edition will also have its stock 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine in tow, one that’s capable of producing 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It may not have the power and performance capabilities of the race cars Wittman’s used to driving, but it’ll still get from naught to 60 mph in as fast as 3.9 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Engine Type 3.0-Liter I-6 Turbocharged
Engine Technology M TwinPower Turbo technology with two mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Fuel Injection, fully variable valve timing (VALVETRONIC) and variable camshaft control (Double-VANOS)
Output (HP @ RPM) 425 @ 5500–7300
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM) 406 @ 1,850–5,500
Transmission Six-speed manual gearbox (optional: Seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission)
Acceleration (0-60 MPH) 4.1 Sec (W/ Manual) / 3.9 Sec. (W/ M-DCT)
Top Speed 155 mph

Admittedly, the BMW M4 Coupe “Wittman” Edition may not be for everyone, even though I’m not on that side. The Java Green paint finish can be construed as tacky by some, and that argument has its points. The interior’s also pretty bare for a one-off, but like I said, that’s Wittman’s style, and it’s his car, not anyone else’s.

Move inside and the upgrades continue with a carbon gear selector trim, LED-illuminated door sills, and new pedal pads.

At the very least, it stacks up favorably to some of the past DTM Champions Edition models that BMW has released. In the past three years, the only one of these special edition M4s that I like more than the Wittman Edition is the 2015 version with the matte black hood and trunk lid that included seven stripes depicting the colors of the rainbow. It was different because BMW decided to shift away from using its trademark red-blue-purple colors. That model also included an orange surround for the kidney grille and the race number “23” on the doors, the same number as Wittman’s DTM race car.

2014 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition Exterior
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How do Germans celebrate a championship? Build a special-edition M4, of course.

Note: photo of the 2014 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition.

For the record, I don’t have anything against the trademark colors of BMW’s M Division, I just think that it’s become overused at this point. Any special edition M model that doesn’t make use of those colors is a welcome sight to me. That’s one of the reasons why I like the one-off M4 Coupe Wittman Edition. It’s a different approach from what we’re used to seeing from the M Division, and yet, it still packs the same styling and performance characteristics that we’ve come to know from the German automaker’s performance arm. Oh, and credit to Marco Wittman too for dressing up his one-off M4. Like I said, it was his design to make, and he did a pretty bang-up job at it.

Press Release

Almost four weeks have passed since BMW works driver Marco Wittmann won his second driver’s title in the final of the DTM racing season at the Hockenheimring. On Friday the 18th of November, he was a guest in Munich where he collected his new and very special company car – the BMW M4 Coupe equipped with a comprehensive package of BMW M Performance Parts. During the morning at the workshop, the trained coachbuilder Wittmann was given a detailed first-hand description of the fitted components before receiving the key of his Java Green BMW M4 Coupe at the BMW Welt in the afternoon. During the course of the day, he also gained his first impressions behind the wheel of his new M automobile.

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“My new company car looks great and is a really fantastic drive,” Wittmann said. “The colour suits me very well, because I love being on the road in a slightly more conspicuous car. BMW M Performance Parts refine the already awesome BMW M4 Coupe and turn it into a valuable and unique one-off. Many thanks to BMW, the BMW M GmbH and to BMW M Performance Parts. I will enjoy every kilometre in my new car.”

Extensive modifications to Wittmann’s BMW M4 Coupe.
The highlights selected by Wittmann himself from the broad range of BMW M Performance Parts include a carbon rear diffuser, a rear spoiler, front grille slats in high-gloss black and side panel attachments. In the interior, a carbon gear selector trim, pedal pads and LED illuminated door sills provide that special something. The current BMW M Performance accessory range was developed incorporating motorsport know-how, is perfectly aligned to each respective model and can be combined to suit individual preferences.

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BMW is now supplementing the offer in this product range with retrofit options for the BMW 5 Series. Furthermore, model-specific BMW M Performance Parts are also available for BMW M automobiles and all models of the BMW brand. The retrofit components for the drive train, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit, which were all designed in close cooperation with the BMW M GmbH and BMW Motorsport, ensure a noticeable increase in driving dynamics and underscore the sportive note of the car’s exterior as well as the interior ambience of each vehicle.

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Second title for Wittmann in the fourth DTM year.
The racing car Wittmann drives on the racetrack is even sportier than BMWs equipped with BMW M Performance Parts – the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. Since 2014, BMW has deployed this high-tech racing car, based on the BMW M4 Coupe, in the DTM, the world’s most popular touring car racing series, against direct competition from the premium segment. On 16 October, in an exciting final after 18 races this season, Wittmann secured the second DTM title of his still young career. 26 years of age, he is the youngest two-time DTM champion of all time and the first BMW driver in DTM history to gain two titles. In 2014, he had already won the DTM driver ranking in a BMW M4 DTM.

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