The new DTM AMG Mercedes-Benz C-Coupé made its debut for the 2012 DTM season at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The unveiling was undertaken by Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, along with Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division, and Norbert Haug, Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. Mercedes-Benz based this model on the C-Class Coupé that had its global launch in 2011.
Mercedes-Benz had chosen this car to be the first DTM car to make use of a new and improved safety concept, which was the product of the partnership between the ITR e.V, the DMSB (Germany's motor racing governing body) and the DTM manufacturers.
This new car takes a highly advanced carbon fibre monocoque and uses it together with a roll cage built from high-strength steel. In addition, each car gets six energy-absorbing crash structures, raising the protection to the front, rear and sides.
The DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé has big shoes to fill as it will be the successor of the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which is undoubtedly the most successful vehicle in the 27-year history of the DTM.
It entered 156 races and won 84 of them, as well as earned five driver's titles. HWA headquarters in Affalterbach, near Stuttgart, Germany, started working on the development, design and manufacture of the new car in June of 2010. HWA is tasked to build the cars, including its engines.
Mercedes has unveiled one of the most exciting coupés ever. The latest version of the best-selling Mercedes Benz C-Class is shorter, more compact and undeniably sporty.
Unlike the saloon, the new entry is now 41mm lower, so it appears shorter no matter from where you stand. Suffice it to say, the coupé’s strong shoulders and narrower C-pillars represent the features we’d all want from a coupé.
Obviously, the roof, windscreen, bonnet and overhangs are all dressed up appropriately to the coupé’s standards. Even the cabin that goes throughout the rear window’s rear axle brings out the tail end’s lowered-look.
The C-Class as we all know, have that strong sporty element. It only goes to show why the flow and shape of the beltline are copied from the previous C-Class models.
Still, it’s hard to miss the very handsome radiator grille when viewing the new coupé at the front. Besides, the extensive double chrome louver highlights the front end’s V-silhouette with the most powerful emblem at the centre.
Meanwhile, the side profile continues to charm with the wraparound headlamps, side air intakes and low placement of the daytime running lights. Likewise, the low roofline sits perfectly around the coupé’s very compact new design at the rear. The AMG trims, tailpipe and long taillights with LED enhance the rear even more.
One thing’s for sure; the new C-Class Coupé will be one of Mercedes Benz’s most covetrf model for the years to come.