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Set to launch next year, the 2012 C-Class Coupe has shed some of its camo, and has even given up its interior secrets. The C-Class Coupe will feature a revised interior that will also surface in the updated version of the C-Class sedan.
The C-Class Coupe will be developed and produced at the Bremen plant, on the same assembly line as three existing models.
Mercedes stopped short of releasing specifics on the C-Class Coupe, stopping simply at confirming a 2011 introduction and the whereabouts of its origin. The current C-Class offering price from $33,600 in the U.S., and start with a base 3.0-liter 228 horsepower V6 with a rear-wheel drive platform. The C-Class also offers a 268 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, but commands a $6,000 premium for its 40 horsepower improvement.
We expect the same aforementioned drivetrains to be offered on the C-Class Coupe at its introduction, with a future AMG model like that of the existing C63 AMG Sedan – starting at $57,350 and powered by a 451 horsepower 6.3-liter V8 – a possibility. Although an AMG variant is almost certainly in the cards for the C-Class Coupe, everybody anticipates a switch to a smaller 5.5-liter V8, coupled with twin-turbochargers as Mercedes moves towards smaller, more fuel efficient engines.
Mercedes’ Bremen plant, where the C-Class Coupe will be produced in 2011, is a massive facility that operates a flexible assembly line, which currently produces the C-Class Saloon, C-Class Estate and GLK. Starting with the 2011, Mercedes will add the C-Class Coupe to the same assembly line.
“The decision by the Board of Management to produce the Coupé version of the current C-Class here in Bremen as well represents another important milestone on our way to becoming Mercedes’ competence centre for the C-Class and is a clear sign of the trust in the Bremen team’s capabilities and standards,” says Peter Schabert, head of Mercedes-Benz’ Bremen plant.
Mercedes-Benz will unveil its face-lifted 2012 C-Class sedan next month at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and will begin shipping cars to U.S. dealers next summer. The updated C-Class gets restyled front and rear ends. The cockpit features a new instrument panel with a high-resolution color display.
For the U.S. market, the 2012 C-Class sedan will be offered initially in three variants. The C250 is powered by a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine delivering 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. The C300 4Matic features a 228-hp V6 with 221 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive. The C350 gets a new direct-injection V6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft.
Among the new optional driver-assistance systems for the 2012 C-Class are adaptive high-beam assist, Park Assist with Parktronic, lane-keeping assist and blind spot assist. The Attention Assist drowsiness detection system will come standard.
Sometime after introduction, look for a C-Class AMG Black Series with twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 as a potential M3 killer.
I am so excited, like a kid on Christmas! The German DTM touring-car series has announced plans to stage races in the United States in 2013, with its high-performance four-door sedans competing on the same program with NASCAR and Grand American Road Racing events.
DTM, the abbreviation for the series’ official title, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, competes on road courses at many European tracks such as the Hockenheimring, site of Formula 1 and other events.
Autosport magazine reported on the comments of Hans Werner Aufrecht, director of DTM’s management group. “Beginning in 2013, we hope to have a championship with 12 races in the United States,” Aufrecht said. He added that six races are to be staged with Grand-Am and six with NASCAR events.
NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series presently competes on only two road-course venues, Infineon Raceway in California and Watkins Glen International in New York. The Grand-Am series is closely affiliated with Daytona Beach, Fla.-based NASCAR. The series has one race at each track each year.
American-style stock car racing is popular in other parts of the world, particularly in Mexico and England, but the touring cars are a bigger draw, with Britain and Germany hosting national championship series. The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) sanctions European and world championships. And Australia’s V8 Supercars series produced present NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose.
There are significant differences in the equipment compared to NASCAR machines. DTM and other series use production automobiles (Audis, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes) which have been modified for racing, similar to the GT sports coupes which compete in various forms of sports car racing.
More than a year out, there are many unanswered questions about the details of this venture, but the main question is how American fans will respond to the series. Let’s all hope it’s a great response.