BMW M4 DTM
Say what you will about the state of motorsport in 2017, but at least DTM has still got it going on. You don’t even need to slide on a pair of rose-tinted glasses and reflect on its proud history as the birthplace of the BMW M3 and the 190E Cosworth; modern DTM is every bit as manic as ever. Case in point: the exhaust pipes on Audi DTM cars exit halfway up the door. Up the door. Of course, sensibility has prevailed – Audi reshaped the door so drivers like Mattias Ekstrom can actually get in and out.
Of course, BMW and Mercedes haven’t missed that trick either – in fact, all DTM cars feel like they’ve been designed by someone who definitely hasn’t lost touch with their inner eight-year-old. And this is a good thing.
This year, DTM is looking quite promising – with more power, less downforce and softer tyres that degrade much faster. Thanks to rule changes, the lunacy of the big aero kits still doesn’t overwhelm the real racing aspect of DTM. Don’t expect any polite conga lines when the series kicks off next month.
But which of the 2017 DTM cars is the wildest? Across the Top Gear office, we can’t agree. So, let us know in the comments and settle this argument once and for all.