Mercedes' new DTM challenger, an updated Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe, has been revealed which will replace the existing model for the 2016 DTM championship.

Head of Mercedes DTM Ulrich Fritz has announced the German manufacturer commenced developments with the 2016 model midway through last season to bring it into line with the street version of the new C-Class Coupe.

Due to the strict DTM regulations the updated model shares a number of components from its predecessor with a maximum performance output of 510 bhp at 7,500 rpm.

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"We took the first steps in adapting designs for the new DTM car last year," Fritz said. "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."

The new Mercedes DTM machine will make its maiden public outing during winter testing ahead of the 2016 season.

Gary Paffett, who has spent 12 years in DTM with Mercedes, says he is intrigued to see how the 2016 model performs compared to the existing machine and is delighted by the C63's aesthetics.

"The 2016 version of the Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM looks really good," Paffett said. "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."