Manic BMW M4 DTM Heads Out to the Races

With Mercedes and Audi directly in its sights.

With the first M4 rolling off the production line earlier thisweekend, BMW has now revealed the M4 DTM race car, a 480 horsepower animal that also makes 368 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at just 2,447 lbs (driver included),this lightweight beast will officially debut at the end of the month at ITR testing in Budapest, before making its home-turf launch inHockenheim, Germany in mid-April. The M4 DTM’s first race will take place onMay 4th during the Hockenheim DTM season.

Riding on 18-inch forged alloy wheels and Hankook tires, itenjoys a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic wheel-mounted paddleshifters. It also gains a double-wishbone axle with pushrods, hydraulic brakeswith lightweight calipers and adjustable shock absorbers. With carbon fiber andaluminum galore, the lightweight racing Bimmer is powered by BMW’s P66 V-8 engine- a tweaked version of the M3 DTM’s motor. BMW hopes to take on rivals from Mercedes and Audi- which should make for a killer season on European tracks.

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