2012 BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition

BMW Motorsport returned to the DTM in 2012 after almost 20 years away, and the results in its comeback year exceeded all expectations. Canadian driver Bruno Spengler won the drivers’ title, BMW Team Schnitzer finished in top spot in the team standings, and BMW claimed the manufacturers’ honours.

BMW M GmbH is celebrating this success with the unveiling of the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition. Mimicking the looks of Spengler’s racing car, this special-edition model is available exclusively in Frozen Black metallic, while the carbon flaps and gurney, various dark chrome elements, matt black wheels and sections of the race car’s livery also betray its close links with the triumphant BMW M3 DTM. The theme is continued by the BMW M stripe design over the CFRP roof and boot lid, BMW M logo to the rear of the front wheel arches and decals in the rear side windows.

Inside the car, the door sill strips replicate Spengler’s helmet design and the carbon-fibre interior trim strip bears the newly crowned champion’s signature and the car’s serial number.
The special-edition model also contains various exclusive interior additions, such as the Alcantara® steering wheel, handbrake lever embroidered with “M Power” lettering, and extended black Novillo leather trim with features in contrasting Palladium Silver.

Technical elements like the Competition package, M Drive, M DCT Drivelogic and the M Driver’s Package underline the car’s focus on high performance. Equipment including the Professional navigation system, heated seats and Park Distance Control add more “everyday” ingredients to the model.

BMW M is also offering the 54 new custodians of the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition – which will be available in various international markets – a very special extra. Owners of this automotive rarity will have the chance to attend the BMW M Fascination Nordschleife driver training course under the watchful eye of Bruno Spengler. One of the most coveted elements of the BMW Driving Experience programme, the course is held on the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife track, where BMW M cars are put through extremely exacting testing sessions and final chassis tuning is carried out.

The BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition will be built at BMW’s Regensburg plant and the BMW M GmbH factory from February 2013. Prices in Germany start from €99,000.00 including VAT.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Regensburg, Germany
production 52
price €/td> €99,000
engine Aluminum/Silicon Alloy V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/double-VANOS
fuel feed Fuel injection
displacement 3999 cc / 244.0 in³
bore 92 mm / 3.62 in
stroke 75.2 mm / 2.96 in
compression 12.0:1
power 313.2 kw / 420 bhp @ 8300 rpm
specific output 105.03 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 253.78 bhp per tonne
torque 399.97 nm / 295 ft lbs @ 3900 rpm
redline 8400
body / frame E92 Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD w/M Differential Lock
wheel type Forged Aluminum Alloy
front tires 245/40 ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport 2
rear tires 265/40 ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport 2
front brakes Drilled & Ventilated Discs w/Single Piston Calipers, ABS
rear brakes Drilled & Ventilated Discs w/Single Piston Calipers, ABS
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.59 cm / 18 x 9.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 24.13 cm / 18 x 9.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Strut Tiebar,
r suspension Five-Arm Multi-Link
curb weight 1655 kg / 3649 lbs
weight distro 51 % / 49 %
wheelbase 2761 mm / 108.7 in
front track 1538 mm / 60.6 in
rear track 1539 mm / 60.6 in
length 4615 mm / 181.7 in
width 1817 mm / 71.5 in
height 1418 mm / 55.8 in
transmission SG6 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 4.055:1, 2.369:1, 1.582:1, 1.192:1, 1.000:1, 0.872:1
final drive 3.85:1
top speed ~259.05 kph / 161 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.4 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~10.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.5 seconds
fuel econ epa 13 L/100 km or 18.5 mpg-us
city fuel econ epa 16.80 L/100 km or 14 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa 11.76 L/100 km or 20 mpg-us
fuel capacity 62.83 litres or 16.6 gal.