The Germans from BMW decided to reveal the M3 DTM Concept Car, a vehicle which will run at the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters competition. We talked several times about BMW’s decision to return the DTM series, the Germans leaving this competition in 1994. Only few hours ago, Audi released some renderings for the A5 Coupe DTM Racing Concept, one of the direct rivals from the Munich-based company. Therefore, we expect some news from Mercedes too, in order to complete the lineup of the three German rivals.
The BMW M3 DTM Concept Car has been revealed at BMW Welt in Munich and displayed the entire weekend for all the visitors wanting to see the model closer.
“The DTM comeback sees BMW return to its roots. We will be facing our main competitors in the premium sector and we are looking forward to this challenge. We have enjoyed great success in the past, and I am convinced we will follow on in 2012 where we left off,” said member of the board Dr. Klaus Draeger.
Comparing to the renderings released by Audi for their DTM vehicle, BMW decided to unveil the actual model which benefits from a carbon fiber body with extended wheel arches, aggressive front and rear bumpers, a new hood with big air intakes and a carbon fiber rear wing the rear for increased downforce.
Under the bonnet, the new M3 DTM Concept Car is powered by a V8 engine meeting the new technical regulations of the competition. The model produces 480 horsepower, does the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in around 3 seconds and provides a top speed of 300 km/h. According to the official details, this is not the final version of the model, of course, this was not very difficult to find considering that it is called a concept. Therefore, BMW will unveil the BMW M3 DTM in its final form at the upcoming and long awaited Frankfurt Auto Show in September. At the same event, BMW Motorsport confirmed that Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus will be behind the steering wheel in the 2012 DTM season.
“Priaulx and Farfus have been confirmed as the first drivers to take to the track with the BMW M3 DTM in the 2012 season and during the intense test phase. Both drivers arrive in the DTM with impressive wins and titles to their names. Priaulx won the 2004 European Touring Car Championship for BMW, and followed that up with three World Championship titles between 2005 and 2007,” adds BMW.