— Football, Tennis, Basketball, Boxing, Hockey » Auto News » Mercedes-AMG gears up for 2016 DTM with new C63 Coupe

Mercedes-AMG gears up for 2016 DTM with new C63 Coupe

by vlad on Воскресенье, Сентябрь 20th, 2015

Mercedes was once a force to be reckoned with in DTM. The Silver Star marque won six drivers’ championships and nine constructors’ titles since the modern Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series rebooted in 2000. But though it’s currently leading the standings, the last time it won the championship was in 2010. Audi and BMW have traded bragging rights each year since. What you see here, then, is the vehicle by which Benz hopes to recapture its former glory in the German tin-top racing series.

Presented alongside the Edition 1 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new touring car is based – stylistically at least – on the new C63 AMG Coupe, but is designed specifically for the race track. Underneath the largely carbon-fiber bodywork sits a 4.0-liter V8 engine driving 483 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed sequential gearbox to the rear wheels. It’s suspended by pushrod-actuated by double wishbones and features a mechanical diff (but no traction control) and carbon-ceramic brakes (but no ABS).

In short, the new C63 is all business. And it looks about ready to take on Germany’s most famous racing circuits and those of some of its neighbors – from Hockenheim, the Nurburgring, and the EuroSpeedway Lausitz to Zandvoort, the Red Bull Ring, and the Moscow Raceway. Audi and BMW had better watch their mirrors.


Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

Comments are closed.