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2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe

Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg have unveiled the new 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, built to compete on behalf of Mercedes-Benz in the 2012 DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or also known as, German Touring Car Masters).

This new 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe is the successor of the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which during its time had 84 victories from 156 races – to date it is the most successful race car in the 27-year history of the DTM.

The 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe will weigh in at 1050kg including the driver, and use a 4.0-litre 32-valve V8 engine developing around 373kW at 7500 rpm and 500Nm of torque.

The engine will transmit its power through a six-speed pneumatically operated sequential transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, and use a three-plate carbon fibre clutch and a carbon fibre driveshaft to then turn the tyres through a mechanical differential lock – the 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe is a traction control free zone.

The 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe is built around a carbon fibre monocoque chassis equipped with a roll cage made from high-strength steel – with carbon fibre panels front to back.

The carbon fibre crash structures featured in the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe are designed to progressively absorb impact energy, thus reducing the impact of high deceleration forces on the driver. Michael Schumacher said at the unveiling this new Mercedes-Benz is the benchmark for touring car racing.

“The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz DTM car looks fantastic, but what I find even more impressive than the car’s visual appearance is the new safety concept with its innovative safety cell and more advanced carbon fibre crash structures. This safety standard is exemplary and constitutes, in my opinion, the benchmark for touring car racing. I’m looking forward to seeing the new C-Class Coupe in action and hopefully winning lots of races. I’ve got my fingers crossed for everyone in the Mercedes-Benz DTM team.”

The 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe was designed to meet the new and improved safety concept for the 2012 DTM. For instance, in the event of an accident, all safety-related components such as the fire extinguishing system and fuel tank have been incorporated into the monocoque chassis.

Suspension wise the 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe will feature double wishbones with spring/damper units to front and rear axles, actuated via pushrods.

Dimension wise, the 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe is 1210mm high, 5010mm long, 1950mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2750mm. The DTM C-Coupe will use 12×18 front (300/680 R18), and 13×18 rear (310/710 R18) aluminium rims, and will be subject to specific Hankook control tyres.

The 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe has one thing in mind; to kill the competition, namely the BMW M3 DTM and the Audi A5 DTM.

Josh was one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine for a few years, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist for The Project Group.