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20 September 2011

Mercedes-Benz' 2012 C-Class Coupe DTM AMG shines (w/ video)

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz's successful DTM challenger has lost a pair of rear doors in its chase for the 2012 title. With 84 race victories and five driver titles under its belt in the DTM's 27-year history, the C-Class AMG will finally hand over the torch to the latest 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé.
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg took time off their busy schedules to unveil the three-pointed star's newest DTM dagger at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the freshly-launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé, it too shares its state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque/steel roll cage structure with other manufacturers Audi and BMW to lower costs. The improved safety cell gives the additional protection for the driver through six energy-absorbing crash structures, which should prove handy in case of a collision.
Norbert Haug, Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport remarked, “This new-generation vehicle, based on our Mercedes-Benz C- Coupé, signals the introduction of an even more spectacular racing car from the start of 2012. I am certain that the spectators will get their money’s worth from the three-way fight between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the DTM next year.”
With its long front splitter, sculpted wide fenders, and flashy chrome finish, the DTM AMG Mercedes Coupé certainly does make the Audi A5 DTM look a bit mundane. No information, however, was mentioned on its powerplant, but we speculate that it will still utilize this year's 493 horsepower 4.0L V8. 
Watch the video as Gary Paffett, Mercedes-Benz's works team driver gives a tour around their new racer.