Mercedes-Benz fields no shortage of F1 drivers in the DTM touring car series these days. In fact, up-and-coming F1 star Paul di Resta earned his stripes driving Silver Stars in the series. But while the likes of David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher can be found in the Mercedes paddock at tin-top events around Germany and across Europe, it will be the latter's older brother Michael taking the spotlight once again, together with his junior teammate Nico Rosberg, when the company unveils its latest DTM challenger at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

While the current C-Class DTM racer was based on the sedan, the new vehicle is based on the new C-Class Coupe. Or at least in appearance, anyway, as the underpinnings are likely to largely carry over from the existing machine. The announcement follows the previews given by BMW and Audi back in July of their new challengers, the A5 coupe replacing the previous A4-based machine and the M3 joining the paddock for the first time in decades.

We don't have long to wait now until we see the new C-Class DTM coupe up close and personal on the floor of the Frankfurt Messe, but for those who just can't wait, we've got a preview clip with 2005 DTM champion (and perennial McLaren test driver) Gary Paffet for your viewing pleasure after the jump.


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Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg to reveal new 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé at Frankfurt Motor Show
Stuttgart, Sep 07, 2011

- MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will unveil the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé during Frankfurt's IAA at 12.00 CET, on Tuesday 13 September
- Sneak Preview of Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Gary Paffett with DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé ready to download from www.news2use.tv

Stuttgart: MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will unveil the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé for the 2012 season during the Frankfurt International Motor Show, at 12.00 CET on Tuesday 13 September 2011. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, and Norbert Haug, Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, will also be present on the Mercedes-Benz stand in the IAA's Festival Hall, Frankfurt.

Now available for download: Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Gary Paffett offers a tantalizing glimpse of the new DTM car in a sneak preview video, and explains the key differences between the 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé and the current DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class.

Press information and photos will be available on 13.09.2011 at 12.00 CET by visiting media.daimler.com. The first video clips of the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé will be available for download at the same time from: www.news2use.tv.

Michael Schumacher: "The IAA, the world's most important show for the automotive industry, is the perfect setting for the première of our new 2012 DTM car."
Nico Rosberg: "I can't wait to see how the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé has turned out, which is why I'm so pleased to be there as we show it off to the world for the first time. It's going to be a moment to remember."

Gary Paffett: "I was at the film and photo shoot for the new AMG Mercedes C-Coupé recently and was seriously impressed by my 'company car' for next season. I can't wait to begin testing very soon."

Norbert Haug: "This new-generation vehicle, based on our Mercedes-Benz C- Coupé, will mark 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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      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its time for Cadillac to go an ruin this little party
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        GM brands raced many seasons the old DTM 1984-1996 and the new DTM since 2000 with next to no success... so why should that change with a other GM brand name?
          mbukukanyau
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Georg
          Man, there is so much that goes into a race, and do not expect a new race team to go in and succeed at first attempt. GM could throw in the proven CTS V powertrain and use its racing partner pratt & miller to ruin this party, , and easily win, BUT, that would not be fun, they could also get their UK WTCC team which dominates the 4 banger races and ruin this party, But personally I think they just need to race their V6 which is not being raced anywhere, yet
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Georg
          Yeah, and that was Opel. Not Cadillac.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        That would be awesome. If only Lexus jumped in with the IS. M3 vs C-Class vs A5 vs ATS vs IS
      Batsu Mochizuki
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, I guess it's becoming a GT series than a Touring Car series next year...
        Malou H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Batsu Mochizuki
        no still dtm.
        AUTOLEGEND86
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Batsu Mochizuki
        2 door is still a touring car. Otherwise you are saying the E30 M3, Volvo 240, and 190E, and all the other late 80's early 90's tourers weren't.
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      current DTM cars are NOT production based race cars... they are silhouette race cars like NASCAR... a tubefram carbon hybrid chassie with a thin carbon production car like silhoutte body pannel. DTM cars shares NOTHING with production cars
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georg
        Uh no one said they were production based race cars.