BMW is keen to get as much impact from its decision to enter the DTM racing series as possible, and to that end, has decided to showcase its German touring car in full factory racing livery for all the world to see at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Underneath its high-tech composite skin lurks a 480-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 engine that sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. It'll hit 60 in about three seconds on its way to a top speed of somewhere around 186 miles per hour.

Judging from all the splitters, intakes and wings, we'd say the Bavarian team is more concerned with making the M3 DTM racer stick to the road like glue than hit ludicrous speed on the straights, and if nothing else, make the machine look awfully menacing to its rivals. Check out the full gallery of live images above.

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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know I'm going to get downvoted for this, but what else is new?! As awesome, amazing and bada** as DTM cars are, they share about as much with their street counterparts as Sprint Cup cars do with theirs... :-/ That didn't USED to be the case. Even as recently as the 1990s, they had bodies that were a LOT closer to street cars, and I'm not sure I appreciate how bastardized they've become in the name of aero grip. They're a whole different animal now. Again, still awesome, but I feel they've strayed quite a bit from their "roots."
        Matthew Kaiser
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        They still look like their street legal versions unlike sprint cup cars
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope this gets added to "Real Racing HD" sometime soon. Very nice job BMW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's worth mentionning that one of these entries will be piloted by a Canadian --Bruno Spengler!
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      be nice if the 480 hp mtr was a option on the m3
      • 3 Years Ago
      DTM is cool, the racing is always competitive, but everyone here is right. These series that at one time were production-based as less and less so. Even in ALMS, the Corvette and Porsche are pretty faithful, but the Ferrari is hardly recognizable as its sibling and the BMW has the transaxle in the wrong place. I think the Jag is a tube-frame racer that started life as some other car entirely.
      ten sixtysix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone knows what is that license plate sponsor "I love bird?"
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ten sixtysix
        It's the German Postal Service's logo. "I Love German Postal Service"
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