Mercedes Formula One drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, joined the slew of people in Frankfurt to unveil the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe. The new DTM AMG is based off of the new Mercedes C-Class Coupe and will be used for the 2012 racing season.

Prior to the unveiling of the new DTM AMG, Mercedes released a teaser video showing Gary Paffett as he explained the key differences between the 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé and the current DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class. The main differences between the two - summed up of course - are larger wheels, a huge rear wing, and the fact that the DTM is now a three-door coupe. Now that the 2012 DTM AMG has been officially unveiled, we can add a couple of other features to the list of changes. The 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes features a state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque with a roll cage constructed of high strength steel. For better protection against the dangers of an accident, the car has been equipped with a fire extinguisher and a fuel tank that has been incorporated into the monocoque. Each DTM model is also equipped with six energy-absorbing crash structures providing the driver additional protection on the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: David Coulthard, former Formula One race car driver and now DTM race car driver, explains the technology behind the new 2012 DTM AMG car. He compared the 2011 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class with the new 2012 DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe. To find out which one is the best, take a look at the video!

Hit the jump to see what the crew had to say about the 2012 Mercedes C-Class Coupe DTM AMG.

Michael Schumacher: “The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz DTM car looks fantastic, but what I find even more impressive than the car’s visual appearance is the new safety concept with its innovative safety cell and more advanced carbon-fibre crash structures. This safety standard is exemplary and constitutes, in my opinion, the benchmark for touring car racing. I’m looking forward to seeing the new C-Class Coupé in action and hopefully winning lots of races. I’ve got my fingers crossed for everyone in the Mercedes-Benz DTM team.”

2012 Mercedes C-Class Coupe DTM AMG High Resolution Exterior
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Nico Rosberg: “I was pleased to take part in unveiling the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé for the 2012 DTM season at its Frankfurt Motor Show world premiere. It looks really cool and I particularly like the chrome finish. The car is certainly an important step forward for the DTM, which is a great series – I began my career racing on the same weekends as the DTM, and it will attract even more fans in 2012 when the third manufacturer arrives. Whenever possible, I still follow the races on TV, and always enjoy going to local DTM events. I will of course keep my fingers crossed next year for my Mercedes-Benz DTM colleagues and hope they can bring the title home to Stuttgart with the new C-Class Coupé.”

2012 Mercedes C-Class Coupe DTM AMG High Resolution Exterior
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Gary Paffett: “The first test of a new car is always an exciting moment. After getting a feel for the handling and performance of the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé around the Lausitzring, I can say I’m very pleased with it. Of course, we still have a lot of development work ahead of us before the 2012 season opener at Hockenheim. The driving experience is quite different to that of previous DTM cars. The new Hankook tyres for 2012 are wider and have taller sidewalls, providing more mechanical grip. Also, the gear lever has disappeared for 2012 – we will change gear using paddles on the steering wheel instead – and that’s something I’m already used to from Formula One.”

2012 Mercedes C-Class Coupe DTM AMG Exterior
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Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “This new-generation vehicle, based on our Mercedes-Benz C- Coupé, signals the introduction of an even more spectacular racing car from the start of 2012. I am certain that the spectators will get their money’s worth from the three-way fight between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the DTM next year.”

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  (727) posted on 12.18.2011

It looks so aggressive on its front design even on its graphic style! Well, AMG really did a great work on this. However, I am hoping that this race car is not an electric vehicle.

  (410) posted on 12.15.2011

It really looks so exotic and strange on its graphic design that’s why I think it will look better if it is on a simple design. Anyway, I wonder if what’s the engine specification of this race car?

  (397) posted on 12.11.2011

I love the aggressiveness of this coupe and unlike with them; it didn’t look so nasty on that. However, I hope that it would also have a nice and efficient speed that is only suited for a sports car.

  (347) posted on 12.2.2011

It looks so nasty on its graphic design, but I’m sure to the other car lovers, especially to the fan of Mercedes it will be a good-looking vehicle. Anyway, I just only love the technology of it.

  (579) posted on 12.1.2011

Its graphic design is looks so cool on this race car! However, I think that its aggressiveness is become "OVER" to the point that it looks nice at all. Anyway, what’s the engine specification of it?

  (428) posted on 10.24.2011

Wow! A very aggressive outlook! I must say that its abstract design is really an eye-catching and it seems that it is so fun to drive. I just only hope the it also had an impressive engine.

  (570) posted on 09.28.2011

Obviously Gary Paffett has an exciting and interesting car. Know how excited he’s been. Jealous having this rally car, built with very establish and powerful engine. Nice car to have.

  (559) posted on 09.19.2011

I’m so impressed to the performance of this car. I want to see this car in the race track. I cant wait to watch this car in live performance.

  (428) posted on 09.16.2011

I am impressed to performance of this car. The style of this car is one of the best race car.

  (448) posted on 09.8.2011

obviously, with the larger specs of the vehicle. I would say that it would definitely affect the figure performance of the car not unless they have use a lighter material in here. The first debut of the vehicle would be in the Frankfurt Motor Show.

  (256) posted on 09.8.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m impressed on the performance of this vehicle. The current production of the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class is quite larger. I wonder if the weight of the vehicle will affect its performance.

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