2011 Essen Motor Show: BMW E30 M3 DTM and M3 E92 DTM

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The 2011 Essen Motor Show opens its doors tomorrow for the 2011 and along with a wide range of modded and tuned up vehicles, it …

The 2011 Essen Motor Show opens its doors tomorrow for the 2011 and along with a wide range of modded and tuned up vehicles, it also gives us the opportunity to see the new BMW M3 E92 DTM race car. Along with the super sporty M3, another M3 DTM is present at the show: the E30 version.

The old BMW M3 DTM was powered by a four-cylinder 2.5 liter engine producing 335 horsepower and reaching a top speed of 310 km/h. From o to 100 km/h, it took only 4.5 seconds.

BMW returns next year to DTM with the current E92 M3 model. The new BMW M3 DTM is equipped with 4.0 liter V8 engine which includes an air restrictor that keeps the power to approximately 480 bhp, per DTM regulations. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in about three seconds and boasts a top speed of 300 km/h.

2011 Essen Motor Show: BMW E30 M3 DTM and M3 E92 DTM

The car measures 4,775 mm in length (without rear wing) and 1,950 in width. The height is set to approximately 1,200 mm.

The DTM regulations for the 2012 season stipulate all cars must use a certain number of standard components. This is to guarantee that development costs remain reasonable and are considerably lower than in other top motorsport categories.

A total of six BMW M3 DTM race cars will be at the start line next year.

2011 Essen Motor Show: BMW E30 M3 DTM and M3 E92 DTM

[Source: BimmerToday ]

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  • Amrosaleh

    The new car has a loong way to be as iconic as the e30

  • LaMa

    both cars look great but for some reason the old E30 captures my heart better then the new Frankenstein car.
    I might be old and definitely old enough for the E30 M3 but the new car with the huge aero package looks a bit weird. Its cool and all, but not a lot of common thing with the E92 its supposed to be based on.
    This is DTM today though, so no complaints. I hope the car will do well in its 1st and only season as by next year they will have to base the 2013 car on the F30 3 series. 
    I heard that even though it is a same 4.0l v8 as the E92 the two engine has  nothing in common besides 4.0l and v8. It is a totally new engine made for the DTM car only.
    I think this makes the DTM racing more expensive and less interesting. I would love to see somewhat stock car racing (no, not the Nascar which is the furthest from stock car racing)
    This is the reason I like the Grand-AM series and other American races.

  • Giom

    In a sense, I’m sad that the DTM had changed so much from the early more standard days. It was fun to see the cars race against each other almost unultered from the outside. Nowadays, the little aero devices are so fragile that any form of contact and all you see is bits flying off.
    But I agree, the e92 will never reach cult status like the e30 – especially since a new shape is looming on the horizon. Btw, I have a sneeky suspision that the next M3 will still be called M3 in coupe form. It only makes sense.
    I agree with LaMa too, about the cost of DTM today… I understand that it is an evolving sport, but more speed and more down force is not what makes racing better for the fans! Stock engine (or sorda) in a stock body…

  • Carlos

    Well, M3 DTM isn’t really the real M3. Same goes for Audi and merc’s dtm.
    irrelevant and difficult to relate to the production road cars.
    And WTCC E90′s are struggling to beat chevrolets. Will we ever see another M3 icon?

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