2014 BMW M3 and M4 at the NürburgringEnlarge Photo
BMW’s upcoming M4, shown in prototype form above, will spawn a racing version destined to compete in popular touring car series DTM. All BMW teams currently competing in DTM will switch to the new bodystyle for the 2014 season, with the current M3 Coupe-based car to be retired.
It was only last year that BMW returned to DTM racing after a 20-year hiatus, and it turned out the time away had no effect as the automaker's top driver and factory team managed to win the season. Canadian driver Bruno Spengler won the drivers’ title, BMW Team Schnitzer finished in top spot in the team standings, and BMW claimed the manufacturers’ honors.
Clearly, the new M4 DTM race car has some big shoes to fill, but BMW is confident its new M4 DTM will match the performance of its previous M3 Coupe-based car.
"We are all really looking forward to the new BMW M4 DTM," BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said in a statement. "The BMW Concept M4 coupe certainly looks fantastic--so will our DTM car for next season.”
Unfortunately, Marquardt also said that it will still be quite a while until we get to see our the M4 DTM race car revealed.