AMG Mercedes C-Coupé AMG Mercedes C-Coupé

With a little help from the Mercedes GP F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes-Benz has become the final DTM manufacturer to show off its new-for-2012 car, the AMG Mercedes C-Coupé.

The wraps were taken off this striking machine at the Frankfurt Motor Show, less than 24 hours after rival outfit Audi showed off its A5 DTM challenger.

As is the case with Audi and BMW’s 2012 cars, the C-Coupé is designed to the championship’s new technical regulations that have come in to significantly reduce costs and improve driver safety.

AMG Mercedes C-Coupé

Built around a new common carbonfibre safety cell, the car features a high-strength steel rollcage, reduced aerodynamics and larger wheels. Some of the aerodynamic modifications include changes to the design of the front splitter, side panels, underbody, diffusers and rear wing.

The new car will also feature a new pneumatically-operated paddle-shift sequential six-speed gearbox.

The new car is being tested alongside Audi and BMW’s new challengers in a ‘private’ test at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

[Images via DTM Media]

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