Being under the same “roof” with the rivals from Audi, who recently unveiled their new A5 DTM car, Mercedes presented to the public their 2012 version of the competitor having two very special guests for the event: Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.
The new generation of the Mercedes DTM comes with a carbon fiber monocoque with a high-strength rollcage, and to protect the driver better the car comes equipped with six energy-absorbing crash structures.
“Mercedes-Benz chose the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt to present the new 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe. The new car is the successor to the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which scored 84 victories in 156 races to become the most successful vehicle in 27-year history of the DTM. HWA AG began development, design and construction of the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe in June 2012. The first chassis was assembled in June 2011, with the first vehicle completed in August”, as the German automaker says.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the new DTM AMG C-Coupe is powered by a racing 4.0 liter V8 engine, which is delivering 500 horsepower, mated to a six-speed pneumatically operated sequential gearbox with paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
“The car looks great but this safety it offers is much more impressive. I believe that in a short time it will become a standard in the tourism races”, said Michael Schumacher during the presentation.
The new Mercedes DTM AMG C-Coupe is ready to battle in the next season with the Audi A5 and the BMW M3 DTM.