Manic BMW M4 DTM Heads Out to the Races

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With Mercedes and Audi directly in its sights.

With the first M4 rolling off the production line earlier this weekend, 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 in Hockenheim, Germany in mid-April. The M4 DTM's first race will take place on May 4th during the Hockenheim DTM season.

Riding on 18-inch forged alloy wheels and Hankook tires, it enjoys a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It also gains a double-wishbone axle with pushrods, hydraulic brakes with lightweight calipers and adjustable shock absorbers. With carbon fiber and aluminum 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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