E successes in motorsport can also be sold on the street. Accordingly, it makes sense to make motorsport titles for sale in production models. A path that the manufacturers represented in the DTM take again and again.
Mercedes CLK DTM AMG as a real super sports car
The Mercedes CLK is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular DTM offshoots DTM AMG models from 2004 and 2005. In 2003 Mercedes won nine out of ten races with the CLK and was the champion with Bernd Schneider. On this occasion, Mercedes decided to launch a unique special model based on the CLK 55 AMG. In the CLK DTM AMG, fat fenders, a lot of carbon fiber laminate and a huge rear spoiler met a 5.5-liter V8 supercharged engine inflated to 582 hp and 800 Nm. Only 100 copies of the super racer were issued, which were sold within a few weeks despite a unit price of 236,060 euros. Because the demand far exceeded the supply, but they didn't want to break the self-imposed production limit, Mercedes simply added a corresponding convertible version in 2005 - also limited to 100 copies.
BMW and Audi DTM special models of the simplest design
DTM special models that were issued later were much more moderate. Audi launched the Audi A4 DTM Edition in mid-2005. Except for the name, however, it had nothing in common with the DTM racer. A two-liter turbo gasoline engine, special paint, aluminum, slightly modified apron, dummy cooling air ducts and Recaro seats had to suffice for the special status. Audi celebrates Mike Rockenfeller's title win in 2013 with the 'A5 DTM Champion'. A special paint job and a subtle design package exuded a DTM atmosphere.
After the successful comeback in the DTM and the title win by Bruno Spengler, BMW launched a matt black M3 in 2012. The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition followed in 2014 when Marco Wittmann won the title. Both strictly limited to 54 and 23 copies, but without great technical extravagance.