It’s been less than two weeks since Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, and Stuttgart has already announced that a new DTM car based on the new two-door is underway. The race car will be ready just in time for the 2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season as a competitor for the updated 2014 BMW M4 DTM and 2014 Audi RS5 DTM.

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM is set to replace the current 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Coupe DTM, which the Germans have been using since 2012, when regulations changed to allow coupes instead of sedans.

"The new Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe will again set new standards for driving dynamics and design. So, the vehicle provides the ideal basis for our DTM car,” said head of Mercedes-AMG DTM, Ulrich Fritz. "I’m already looking forward to seeing the new Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM compete in 2016. Our aim with this vehicle is, of course, to continue the Mercedes-Benz success story in the DTM."

The first tests with the new vehicle will take place this upcoming winter, which means we could see it in action by the end of 2015. The 2016 DTM season commences in May. For now, Mercedes-Benz has only released a handful of photos of the car. Find out more below.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about it.

  • 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    482 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    368
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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  • body style:

Exterior

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Much like the current model, the 2016 AMG C63 DTM looks like a C63 Coupe on steroids, packed with all the aero-enhancing features seen on recent DTM cars. More than two decades ago DTM-spec cars looked similar to their road-going siblings, but those times are long gone and today’s racers share only a few exterior features with the factory cars. As expected, the 2016 model comes with massively flared wheel arches and fenders, a big front splitter flanked by protruding bumper canards, a vented hood and enlarged side skirts, which also feature two pairs of upswept canards. Around back it displays a new diffuser design, a pair of large intakes behind each wheel, a large wing, and a trunk-lid spoiler. Unlike the front fascia, the rear retains quite a few features from the standard car, including the taillights, the trunk lid, and the upper half of the bumper.

Although the presentation car is finished in dark-grey with yellow stripes and only a handful of sponsor decals, the actual race cars will hit the track in various liveries and with significantly more sponsor logos attached to them.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 5,010 MM (197.24 Inches)
Width 1,950 MM (76.77 Inches)
Height 1,210 MM (47.63 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,750 MM (108.26 Inches)
Fuel tank 120 liters
Minimum weight 1,120 KG (2,469 LBS)

Interior

Though Mercedes had nothing to say about the car’s interior, it is expected to use a carbon-fiber monocoque and a roll cage made of high-strength steel. Much like its predecessor, it should have its fire extinguishing system and fuel tank incorporated into the monocoque for improved safety. Each vehicle will also be equipped with carbon-fiber crash structures designed to gradually absorb impact energy, so that the driver is not exposed to high deceleration forces. Safety systems aside, the AMG C63 DTM will employ a stripped out interior with a bucket driver’s seat, a race-spec, multi-function steering wheel, a new display, and various carbon-fiber components.

Drivetrain

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Since DTM’s technical regulations remained unchanged for the 2016 season, the AMG C63 DTM kept the same engine as the outgoing car. The V-8 engines displaces exactly 4.0 liters and use Mahle pistons, Bosch Motronic engine management, fuel injection, and dry sump lubrication. Output sits at 483 horsepower and 368 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque, which are sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed, transverse-mounted gearbox pneumatically operated by a sequential gear shifter on steering wheel. Maximum speed and revs are set at 168 mph and 9,000 rpm, respectively, while charging from 0 to 60 mph should take significantly less than four seconds, given the car tips the scales at around 2,500 pounds including the driver.

Though the 4.0-liter V-8 configuration is identical to AMG’s new powerplant introduced with the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, Stuttgart can’t use it in DTM since the series doesn’t allow turbocharging or supercharging.

Drivetrain Specifications

Capacity 4.0 liters
Cylinder head 4 valves per cylinder
Cylinder arrangement V8, 90°
Performance 482 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 368 LB-FT
Air intake restrictors 2 x 28 mm diameter

Competition

2014 BMW M4 DTM

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BMW started using the M4 in DTM in 2014, when the moniker replaced the M3 Coupe name for road cars. In its first year on the track, the M4 won both the driver’s championship with Marco Wittmann and the team championship with BMW Team RMG, but failed to clinch the manufacturers’ title, finishing second behind Audi. In 2015, BMW has had a less successful season, scoring only two wins in 12 events so far, falling behind both Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the manufacturers’ championship. For 2016, the Germans will probably use a mildly updated version of the current M4, as the road-legal coupe is still at least a couple of years away from a redesign.

Find out more about the BMW M4 DTM in our full review here.

2014 Audi RS5 DTM

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The RS5 began its career as a DTM racer in 2013, replacing the A5. The coupe won both the drivers’ and team championships in its first season — with Mike Rockenfeller and Audi Sport Team Phoenix, respectively — and cliched the manufacturers’ title the next year. In 2015, Audi is leading both the driver and manufacturer standings with six races to go. Much like BMW, Audi will also return with a mildly updated RS5 for the 2016 season, as the next-generation coupe has yet to be unveiled.

Read more about the Audi RS5 DTM here.

Brief Mercedes-Benz C-Class DTM History

Mercedes’ entire DTM history is linked to the C-Class. Originally, the Germans fielded AMG-modified versions of the 190E, also known as the W201 or "Baby Benz." When the 190 road car was replaced by the W202-generation C-Class, the latter received its very own DTM upgrade, becoming the first C-Class to compete in the series. Since the DTM was reestablished in 2000, Mercedes has used the CLK (2000-2003), the C-Class Sedan (2004-2011), and the C-Class Coupe (2012-2015). Since 2000, the C-Class has secured 85 victories in 159 races, becoming the most successful car in DTM history. Since 1984, the Germans have won 10 driver championships and 14 manufacturer titles.

Conclusion

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Mercedes’ latest DTM championship dates back to 2010, and Stuttgart’s recent results in the series have been rather disappointing, finishing last in the manufacturers’ championship from 2012 to 2014. Although the 2015 is still underway and Mercedes could defeat Audi for the first time in five years, Stuttgart may have to wait a bit longer to celebrate. The new AMG C63 Coupe could give Mercedes that opportunity, thanks to its new design and enhanced aerodynamics, but we won’t find out until the coupe hits the track in 2016.

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Updated History

Update 09/04/2015: Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the 2016 C63 AMG DTM.

Press Release

The 2015 DTM season reaches its climax in September. But even before the final three race weekends of the year at Oschersleben, the Nürburgring and Hockenheim, the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team are providing an insight into what lies ahead for the race series, revealing the new car that they will enter for the 2016 campaign.
Design adaptations to the 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM first began last year. The dynamic-looking headlights and the twin blade grille typical of the AMG are two of the car’s most striking features. The first tests with the new vehicle will take place during the winter as part of preparations for the 2016 season.
Long list of previous successful models

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The 2016 DTM car to be deployed by the Mercedes-AMG DTM team follows on from successful predecessors that include the most successful car in DTM history – the AMG Mercedes C-Class with which Mercedes-AMG drivers secured 85 victories in 159 races.
“The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé will again set new standards for driving dynamics and design. So, the vehicle provides the ideal basis for our DTM car,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM Ulrich Fritz. “I’m already looking forward to seeing the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM compete in 2016. Our aim with this vehicle is, of course, to continue the Mercedes-Benz success story in the DTM.”
Gary Paffett is contesting his twelfth DTM season in 2015. Over the years, the 2005 champion has raced the AMG Mercedes CLK, the AMG Mercedes C-Class, the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. Paffett: “The 2016 version of the Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM looks really good. Obviously, many parts are similar to those on the current car, but the new shape is really cool and simply shows that the Mercedes-Benz and AMG road versions are getting better and more beautiful with every stage in their evolution. I’m already looking forward to climbing into the new car. Hopefully, we can fight for lots of wins and maybe even win the title with it.”

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Edition 1: Inspired by motor racing
The graphic design of the IAA-launch version of the 2016 DTM car has also served as inspiration for special models of the new Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupé and the C 63 S Coupé which are available as Edition 1 market launches. Customer demands are catered for by two different treatments of the exterior. The first design is particularly striking and available only on the S model – an exclusive colour combination of designo selenite grey magno and yellow foil treatment with black wheels and rim flanges picked out in yellow. Yellow sports stripes are to be found on bonnet, roof, boot lid and on the sides above the sill trims. The special model comes complete with performance seats and aerodynamic package, emphasising its motor racing pedigree.
The AMG aerodynamic package in high-gloss black adds to the race-inspired look of both models. The extra large front spoiler, AMG-specific side skirts and fins to the sides on the rear apron, AMG-specific rear diffuser and spoiler lip on the boot lid not only reduce lift but also sharpen the visual appearance.
That unmistakeable racing feel continues in the interior. The AMG Performance seats are upholstered in nappa leather. In addition, the seats are contoured to give added lateral support, particularly under fast cornering. The flat-bottomed performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre enables the driver to always have the C 63 Coupé safely under control.
The Edition 1 offers impressive driving dynamics at the highest level. All the right technical elements are there. Striking flared wheel arches to front and rear, a wider track and larger wheels give the new the C 63 Coupé a powerful appearance and also serve as the basis for highly responsive longitudinal and lateral dynamics. The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, producing either 350 kW (476 hp) or 375 kW (510 hp), guarantees spectacular performance, aided by the technologically advanced AMG RIDE CONTROL-specific suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT-specific driver programmes, a locking differential on the rear axle and the dynamic engine mounts of the C 63 S Coupé.

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Positive innovation during the 2015 DTM season
There have been many innovations in the DTM already this year. The touring car series began the season opener at Hockenheim with a new race format. The return to two races per weekend (one on Saturday and Sunday) was well received by fans. Overall, 367,000 spectators were at the track to watch the first six race weekends of the year, while 123,000 spectators came through the gates over the weekend to watch the two victories of the Mercedes-AMG DTM team in Nuremberg.
Live broadcasts on ARD’s Sportschau also proved very popular during the first half of the season with some 13.8 million viewers tuning in to watch qualifying and the race live on ARD TV over the first five race weekends – that’s 23% up on the previous year.
Ulrich Fritz: Five questions about the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM
What are the most striking features of the new DTM car?
Ulrich Fritz: We have used the unique, sporty design language of the street version of the new C-Class Coupé on the DTM version. Striking features like the dynamic design of the headlights and also the typical AMG twin blade grille of the C 63 AMG Coupé stand out immediately.
When did development work on the new design first begin?
Ulrich Fritz: The DTM car again takes its design and technological cues from the AMG line of the new C-Class Coupé. We took the first steps in adapting designs for the new DTM car last year.
How much development work has gone into the new car?
Ulrich Fritz: The regulations severely limit areas for development, so a large number of components have been taken from its tried and tested predecessor. Obviously, in the DTM, we seek to continuously optimise the overall package and, consequently, the vehicle passes through various development processes and stages during the course of its entire life cycle as deemed necessary.
What changes have been made to the aerodynamics, or do homologation needs perhaps dictate that nothing can be altered?
Ulrich Fritz: Due to the regulations, changes to the aerodynamics below what is known as the design line are not permitted. The vehicle’s aerodynamics above the design line will, of course, be adapted to the new shape.

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When will the first test runs with the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM be held?
Ulrich Fritz: We plan to undertake the first test outings with the car as part of winter testing in preparation for the 2016 DTM season.

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