The Bavarian brand has announced its M4 GTS will become the new DTM safety car, replacing the current M4 that will relinquish its safety car duties.
The M4 GTS is a limited edition version of the regular M4 and it appears it has a taste for racing with the German automaker allowing it to become the official safety car of the 2016 DTM season. The design looks similar to the standard M4 GTS, with the safety car packing the necessary track specific accessories including an LED light bar, LED flashers, and a wide range of “DTM Safety Car” stickers. We also noticed some enhancements thanks to a front splitter, a rear wing, and 19- / 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with Acid Orange accents and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. By the way, the BMW M4 GTS is offered from the factory floor with an Acid Orange roll bar and a fire extinguisher, meaning the conversion to safety car duties was pretty rapid – the most important interior modification is the addition of a CB radio that will enable communication between the driver and race officials.
Just like the regular M4 GTS, the DTM safety car has under the hood a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine, complete with the innovative water injection technology. The tweaks deliver 500 horsepower and 442 pound of torque and the wheels are linked to the engine via a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission. That’s good for a 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 3.8 seconds and an electronically-capped maximum speed of 189 mph (304 km/h).