On the eve of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Audi also showed us its brand new A5 DTM vehicle. The new car comes after the V8 quattro (1990 to 1992) and the A4 (2004 to 2011) and was designed in order to achieve three key aspects: safety, reduction of the costs by up to 40 percent and a spectacular exterior design. Honestly to tell you, regarding the design, the new 2012 Audi A5 DTM is clearly the most beautiful car in the DTM. Just like its predecessor, the new Audi A5 DTM is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering 460 hp (340 kW).
The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, now pneumatically operated using paddle shifters in the steering wheel, is a new development. The A5 DTM is 5.01 meters long, 1.95 meters wide and 1.15 meters low. The wheelbase of all DTM vehicles is identical, i.e. 2,750 millimeters. Regarding the safety, the 2012 Audi A5 DTM comes with a fuel tank with a capacity of 120 liters integrated with the carbon fiber cell of the car. According to Audi, the fuel tank will allow the A5 DTM to cover the distance of a DTM race without a refueling stop. For longer races a quick refueling system is in development.
“In the past, Audi has had very innovative solutions particularly in the area of aerodynamics in the DTM,” says Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Head of Engineering at Audi Sport. “Since these areas have been subjected to severe restrictions good detailed solutions will now be crucial to achieving advantages over the competition.”