BMW M4 GTS DTM Safety Car 01

What you’re looking at is the new BMW M4 GTS that will be employed as a safety car for the 2016 edition of the popular DTM touring car series. Since the demands on such a lead car are high, we can safely say the German automaker’s has made the right choice.

As with the other 700 road-going examples of the M4 GTS, the safety car has 500 hp and 600 Nm of torque courtesy of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six engine that comes with a clever water injection technology. The high output, which routes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, enables the 1,585-kg coupe to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 305 km/h.

Much like the M2 MotoGP safety car, the M4 GTS comes in white, though the BMW M traditional stripes of red, blue and light blue are nowhere to be seen. The car is equipped with a specific safety car light system comprising an LED light bar on the roof, LED flashers in the front apron as well a flash mode function for the LED headlamps. It rolls on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which wrap the gorgeous 20-inch 666 M star spoke wheels.

Additionally, the M4 GTS safety car is kitted with an Acid Orange roll bar located behind the front seats, six-point seat belts especially adapted for racing and a fire extinguisher – all of which are available in the no-cost Clubsport Package. A radio system for communication between the safety car crew and the race control is also installed.

The car is set to make its debut next month in Hockenheim, with Jürgen Kastenholz behind the wheel. He has been the official DTM safety car driver since 2010, and has driven the non-GTS M4 Coupe DTM safety car for the last two years.





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