Here’s a first look at the new race car that BMW will begin campaigning on the DTM circuit next year. The look may be vaguely familiar, but making just under 500 horsepower it’s not your typical M3.
Actually, there are a surprising number of common parts – as required by DTM regulations – but the matte black carbon fiber body, which straddles a high-strength steel roll cage is definitely not something you’ll find at your local BMW dealer.
In typical fashion, BMW wants to keep the competition guessing until the very last minute, so it is billing this prototype as “an initial impression” of what it will be running on the 2012 DTM circuit. But it should provide a pretty clear indication of what’s to come.
The aerodynamic enhancements add up to an extra 6.5 inches compared to the current E92 edition BMW M3. While the rear haunches are about five inches wider. Meanwhile, the M3 DTM sits about nine inches lower than the production coupe.