Mercedes-AMG presents the 2016 C63 Coupe for DTM image

Side by side with the introduction of the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Edition 1, the company has also decided to amaze fans with the racing variant set to compete in the 2016 edition of DTM, with the model being based off the recently uncovered C63 Coupe.

The DTM fighter has been released alongside the road-version C63 Coupe Edition 1 and the brethrens have starred in a common photo session – which is why you’ll see them both back to back in their respective galleries. The DTM-specification racing car was a “standard” C63 to begin with but now features a DTM-approved wide body using a monstrous front splitter, massive fenders and a rear wing that increases downforce and if flipped upside down and used by a light aircraft would be enough for sustained flight. We can also see a dual ventilation armor on the hood, front and rear diffusers, aero-optimized side panels and spectacular 18-inch aluminum alloys riding on 300 / 680 R18 front and 320 / 710 R18 rear tires.

“The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé will again set new standards for driving dynamics and design. So, the vehicle provides the ideal basis for our DTM car,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM Ulrich Fritz. “I’m already looking forward to seeing the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM compete in 2016. Our aim with this vehicle is, of course, to continue the Mercedes-Benz success story in the DTM.”

The DTM C63 Coupe from AMG will use a carbon fiber monocoque equipped with a high strength steel safety roll cage and the light yet tough carbon fiber has also been used prominently for the hood, doors, side panels, wings as well as the driveshaft, brakes and the three-plate clutch. The extremely lightweight manufacturing has delivered a minimum weight of 1,120 kg (2,469 lbs). Under the hood sits a modified V8 4.0-liter engine churning out 490 PS (360 kW) at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) delivered to the rear tires via a six-speed transverse-mounted gearbox.