The 2012 DTM Safety Car will come in the form of a Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series.
The 2012 DTM season
is set to kick off on April 29th and Mercedes-Benz has announced today that the Safety Car for the new season will indeed be a C63 AMG Black Series. The German Touring Car Masters Championship has seen the likes of the BMW M3 and C63 AMG sedan serve in this role before along with several Audi models, however this year something much different and much more powerful will make its way onto the track.
The C63 AMG Black Series coupe
features an AMG 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine rated at 517hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful C-Class model the German brand has ever built, and it even eclipses the Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Coupe which runs in the DTM series, as it only puts out 500hp from its V8. The Black Series Safety Car has been fitted with a modified AMG sports exhaust system. A special rear silencer is said to guarantee a distinctive AMG V8 sound. The Safety Car can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph.
For track purposes, the C63 AMG Black Series has been fitted with a pair of AMG Sport bucket seats has been added along with four-point seatbelts. An AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather and Dinamica has been installed as well. Check out the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Safety Car in the gallery below. The coupe will make its official debut on the track at the Hockenheimring on April 29, when the 2012 DTM season kicks off.