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2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe DTM racer revealed

September 4, 2015

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its 2016 DTM touring car, based on the recently-revealed new-shape C 63 AMG Coupe road car. A special edition road-going version has also been revealed, called the Edition 1, coinciding with the racer’s debut.

2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe DTM-Edition 1

Although it is based on the C 63 AMG, there is very little that it shares. Take the body, for instance, it features vast aero enhancements mostly made from carbon fibre, while inside is a stripped out interior with a full roll cage.

There’s a heavily modified front bumper bar with a low and sharp splitter system, and at the back is a massive wing and chunky diffuser. The wheel arches are also pumped right out to provide a wider overall track for increased stability. Gary Paffett, AMG DTM driver, spoke about the new car, saying,

“The 2016 version of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM looks really good. Obviously, many parts are similar to those on the current car, but the new shape is really cool and simply shows that the Mercedes-Benz and AMG road versions are getting better and more beautiful with every stage in their evolution.”

In the engine compartment sits a 4.0-litre V8 producing 360kW at 7500rpm, and 500Nm. It’s matched up to a six-speed pneumatic sequential shift transmission, with rear-wheel drive and a differential lock. There’s also a carbon fibre drive shaft in between to save weight.

Mercedes-AMG will begin testing the new car in the coming months, ready to commence racing in the 2016 season.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.