BMW confirms switch to M4 DTM for 2014 (w/VIDEO)

As teams prepare for this afternoon’s DTM race at the Nürburgring, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt has confirmed that its three factory teams will compete with the new M4 DTM next season.

Based on the Concept M4 Coupé revealed at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the new M4 DTM will replace the M3 DTM, which in 2012 won five races and topped the driver, team and manufacturer standings at the end of the season.

“With the launch of the BMW Concept M4 Coupé, we are now laying the foundation for a new era, both on the road and on the racetrack,” said Marquardt. “The reactions to the Concept Car have so far been overwhelming. It is almost a matter of course to use it as the basis for a motorsport version.”

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Further insights have emerged about BMW’s Concept M4 Coupé which will make its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW will present a ‘live stream’ presentation of the M4 Coupé next Tuesday 20th August at 5:00am BST (8:00pm Pacific Time) – you’ll need to register at m-power.com where you can also view more images in BMW’s Closed Room.

While BMW have yet to confirm its powertrain, we understand it will be powered by a 3.0-litre twin turbocharged six producing 416bhp and 398lb-ft of torque, or 450bhp when fitted with the optional Competition Package.

They’ve also released a video, ‘Long Live The King!’, featuring all four generations and eight M3 Coupés that the M4 will succeed. They’re clearly hoping for another icon, and judging by the response at Monterey they might just achieve it.

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