Yes, the Geneva Motor Show is all about style, presence and looks. Yes, racing cars shouldn’t really be seen there.
Having taken a second look at the 2012 BMW M3 DTM racer I’d like to disagree. Something that looks this menacing and purposeful is beautiful.
I will admit, it doesn’t have very much to do with the actual E92 BMW M3 they claim its based on but who cares. It looks awesome and it even has the right colors.
If you think about it, no matter the sponsor, no matter the livery, it would’ve looked bad to have a BMW M3 racer at the Geneva Motor Show with any other colors than that.
Powering this low monster is a relative of the 4.0 liter V8 engine that powers the E92 M3 only now it develops 480 horsepower.
The grunt is thrown at the rear wheels through a race-spec six-speed sequential gearbox. Team this setup with some racing slicks and the figures chucked out are more than decent.
0 to 62 should take around 3 seconds and the top speed is around 186. A de-restricted E92 M3 can probably hit a higher top speed but it won’t be producing anywhere near the amount of downforce this is.
2012 will be an interesting season to watch in DTM as the big stars this time are the biggest and feistiest of Germans; BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
The start of this year’s season is scheduled to take place at the Nurburgring at the end of next month.