BMW unveiled its M3 DTM racecar at Hockenheim [photo gallery] image

The BMW M3 DTM excited tens of thousands of fans at the DTM season finale at Hockenheim (DE).

“Although we are currently very occupied with the ongoing testing, we did not want to pass up the opportunity to offer DTM fans a taste of what is to come in the new season. We could not imagine a more appropriate venue than Hockenheim. This is also the racetrack, at which we will contest our first race next year, 20 years after we last entered a works team in the DTM,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.

Underneath, there’s a six-speed sequential ‘box bolted to a normally aspirated 4.0-litre 480bhp V8, which gets it to 62mph in around three seconds and a top speed of 186mph.

From 2012 on, BMW will compete in the DTM with three strong teams, the BMW Team Schnitzer, the BMW Team RBM and the BMW Team RMG. The BMW works drivers Andy Priaulx (GB) and Augusto Farfus (BR) have already been confirmed as drivers for the 2012 season.