Rivals BMW and Audi have recently unveiled their all-new DTM cars for the 2012 season. And the first manufacturer to go public was BMW with their heavily modified M3 Coupé. Fitted with all manner of wings, fins and arches to help improve aerodynamics at high speed, this matte black racer features a CFRP monocoque chassis that’s been further bolstered by a steel roll cage structure. Power is provided by a four-litre V8 engine tweaked to deliver no less than 480hp. Mated to a six-speed sequential ‘box, it’ll do the zero-to-one-hundred dash in three seconds and top out at a claimed maximum speed of 300km/h.
Audi have decided to replace their current A4 DTM car with the more dynamic A5 model. Good move. But unlike BMW, Ingolstadt doesn’t have an actual prototype to entertain the world’s tyre kickers; rather a series of computer renderings of what their soon-to-be-released racing car will, in theory, look like. Let’s hope the designers stay true to their visual word because in full DTM trim the A5 is one fine looking beast. Especially with that jagged rear air-diffuser and radical boot spoiler. Adopted from the A4, Audi’s 2012 campaigner will run a four-litre V8 engine with 460hp. Like the BMW is also has a six-speed sequential gearbox.
Both are sure to be pretty damn epic in their own right but which one would you prefer to stick inside your fantasy garage?