Following last month's preview, Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off its DTM fighter based on the recently introduced C-Class Coupe.
Following last month’s preview, Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off its DTM fighter based on the recently introduced C63 Coupe.
Revealed alongside the road-going C63 Coupe Edition 1, the DTM-spec racecar started out as a standard C63 Coupe but it's now a mean DTM machine with an extended wide body featuring a prominent front splitter, beefier fenders and a large rear wing boosting downforce. It also comes with a dual vented hood, front and rear diffusers, aero-optimized side panels and rides on race-spec 18-inch aluminum wheels with 300 / 680 R18 front & 320 / 710 R18 rear tires.
The C63 Coupe in DTM specification benefits from a carbon fiber monocoque with a steel safety roll cage while carbon fiber was used for the hood, doors, side panels, wings as well as for the driveshaft, brakes and the three-plate clutch operated by foot pedal. Thanks to this lightweight construction, the racecar has a minimum weight of 1,120 kg (2,469 lbs) and is motivated by an adaptation of the V8 4.0-liter engine delivering 490 PS (360 kW) at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) channeled to the rear axle through a six-speed transverse-mounted gearbox.
The first tests with the C63 Coupe DTM will take place starting this winter ahead of the model's racing debut set for the 2016 season.