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Audi RS 5 DTM takes on 2017 season with more power, less downforce and softer tires

To the delight of many premium customers wanting to squeeze more performance from their Audi models, the German luxury carmaker recently took the wraps off the new Audi RS 5 Coupe at the 2017 International Geneva Motor Show. Sitting beside the new coupe is the premium brand’s latest Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters challenger – the new Audi RS 5 DTM – and it is ready to rumble for the 2017 season.

Created by Audi Sport, the Audi RS 5 DTM is derived from the Audi RS 5 Coupé that was unveiled simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi Motorsport chief Dieter Gass remarked that this marks the first time that a new DTM car was created in parallel with the production model, thereby highlighting the link between production and motorsport at Audi. He added that in developing the new RS 5 DTM, Audi used the previous-generation model as benchmark considering that it was the most successful DTM car in the past two seasons.

Aside from donning the new RS design language, the third-generation Audi RS 5 DTM has received various tweaks to make it compliant with DTM regulations. Several of these tweaks can be seen from the outside, as the new Audi RS 5 DTM is visually distinct from its predecessors. Aside from featuring a more progressive design, the new Audi RS 5 DTM offers more aerodynamic innovations.

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Audi brings racing to the road with new A5 DTM Selection Limited Edition

People who love Audi’s racing cars will certainly be thrilled when they find out that the company is bringing the same racing power to a car intended for the road. This car is the Audi A5 DTM selection special edition, the third of its kind to be produced by Audi.

It joins the A4 Sedan, which was produced in 2005 and the A5 Coupe, which came out in 2013. The Audi A5 DTM will have features that have been inspired by its racing cousin, features that have been slightly toned down to be road legal.

The two door coupe features a 3.0 liter TDI engine, built to deliver an impressive 245 horsepower rating, equivalent to 180 kW. The car is propelled forward by 9J by 20-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with 265/30 R 20 racing tires.

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Mike Rockenfeller took the lead of the DTM for Audi

Mike Rockenfeller of Audi Sport Team Phoenix managed to take the lead in the overall DTM standing after placing second in Lausitz. Starting from position six on the grid, Rockenfeller was able to race his way to second spot at the end of the race.

He switched from standard to option tires after just four laps, and was able to push his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM to limits thereafter. He managed to overtake Mercedes driver Robert Wickens as well as pressure race leader Gary Paffett. After his second pit stop, Rockenfeller focused on getting the second spot in the race, which points allowed him to grab the lead in the standings. He also posted the fastest lap and best pit stop in the Lausitz DTM.

Rockenfeller remarked that his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM was “absolutely fantastic” thanks to the option tires. He remarked that he had some difficulties using standard tires, but said they had a great strategy and perfect pit stops. He remarked that while he failed to grab the first place, he was able to score important points for the Championship. Jamie Green of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, drove his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM to fifth place to score his first points since switching to Audi.

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Audi welcomes plans for US-based DTM racing series

The organizers of NASCAR and GRAND-AM are planning to stage a United States-based race series for DTM racing cars like the Audi RS 5 DTM, opening a new motorsports opportunity for the German carmaker. Grand-Am Road Racing and the International Motor Sports Association inked a license and cooperation deal with the Internationale Tourenwagen-Rennen (ITR e.V.), which administers DTM racing.

This means that a dedicated platform for DTM cars should be in place in the US by 2016. The agreement complements a similar deal with the Japanese Super GT Championship organizers. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Member of the Board for Technical Development at Audi AG, said the deal means an opportunity arises in the future to race the Audi RS 5 DTM not only in Europe, but also in Asia and North America in premium championships.

Audi has been engaged in motorsport and was frequently successful in the USA during this period. In the 1980s, Audi won three straight victories at the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado. In 1988, Audi led the Trans-Am Series, and in 1989 the Audi 90 quattro was the prevailing car in the IMSA GTO series.

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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Audi brought the new RS5 DTM, its race touring car for the 2013 DTM season. According to the press release, the technical specification of the DTM car was ‘frozen’ in accordance with the regulations as the checkered flag fell at the last race of the 2012 season. As a result, the RS5 development was possibile in extremely limited form.

The model name Audi RS 5 DTM is new. As a result, Audi establishes a direct reference in the DTM to the company’s successful production models. “Motorsport is an integral part of the Audi DNA and is not an end in itself for our company,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer.

“At the end of the day, our customers benefit from the victories on the racetracks, because we attach great value to technology transfer between motorsport and production. Our new Audi RS 6 Avant, which we present here in Geneva, is a prime example: it combines downsizing of the engine with significantly less weight. And where do you learn this? In motorsport.”

Read the entire article Geneva Motor Show: Audi debuts RS5 DTM race touring car for the 2013 DTM season

Audi Sport’s newest car, the Audi A5 DTM, is set to make its racing debut on April 29, 2012 at the Hockenheimring, exactly nine months after it was rolled out. Audi hopes to continue its winning run with the A5 DTM in Hockenheimring, after two of its cars made remarkable season-opening victories.

Audi Sport Team Joest drove the Audi R18 TDI into an opening round win at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in mid-March.The WRT customer team, meanwhile, drove the new Audi R8 LMS ultra into another Audi victory at the first race of the FIA GT1 World Championship. Audi is now preparing for the season opener for the DTM series, which marks the start of a new age for the touring car racing series.

For this season, the DTM is racing with coupe cars, the first time since 2003. It will also mark the first time in 20 years that the three big German premium carmakers - Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - are competing against each other again. However, it is difficult to determine which German carmaker has the advantage over the others, despite several joint track tests including the ones at Valencia, Spain, and at the Hockenheimring.

Read the entire article Eight Audi A5 DTMs will race at Hockenheimring season opener on April 29

One month following its introduction at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, the Audi A5 DTM will have its public appearance for the first time on a DTM weekend. Audi factory driver Tom Kristensen will show the new 460hp race vehicle for the 2012 season to the enthusiasts at Hockenheim. The former DTM racer and eight-time Le Mans champion will be driving a show lap in the brand new coupe before and after the DTM race on Sunday.

On another note, Martin Tomczyk will be guest of honor at the huge championship party of Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel in his hometown of Heppenheim.

Vettel and Tomczyk have a common sponsor, Red Bull, which has prepared a surprise present to the new DTM Champion. Meanwhile, soccer and motorsport will be visually united at the DTM finale.

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Audi unveiled its latest DTM vehicle just a night before the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. While the company has the V8 quattro from 1990 to 1992 and the A4 from 2004 to 2011, for the very first time it went with a two-door coupe for this rather famous international touring car series. During the show, visitors will get the chance to get a first glimpse as it will be exhibited from the 13th of September and up to the 25th at Audi Hall.

Over the last seven DTM races, the company has won four of them and now the A5 DTM has a look that is tougher and lower when compared to the already successful previous model. Below its body is a chassis which utilizes a hybrid construction and is composed of carbon. By having a steel cage combined with a carbon fiber moncoque, it manages to set new benchmarks when it comes to a race touring car’s safety.

Further, the chassis is merely one of at least 50 components that are the same for all vehicles participating in the DTM. While it was still being developed, Audi Sport gave the A5 DTM the internal project title of "R17".

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For the most popular international touring car racing series, Audi will be relying on the A5 coupe, which is internally named "R17," starting in 2012. Audi is set to replace the four-door A4 DTM, which has given Audi four prestigious DTM title since 2004. The A5 that will soon arrive in dealerships has received upgrades to its performance and aesthetics.

This upgraded A5 offers the basis for the new DTM car. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said that in 2012, new Technical Regulations will take effect in the DTM. Ullrich added that the company has the exact model that’s right in the A5 and that he’s positive that the Audi's success story will continue in the DTM.

The German Motorsport Association (DMSB) and the DTM umbrella organization ITR are closely collaborating and have teamed up with the automakers in setting new safety standards. Dr. Ullrich said that its engineers have been working on raising the safety in the DTM “to the highest possible level." He added that what Audi learned at Le Mans this year is that it has an excellent and suitable concept of designing safety structures. He explained that this is precisely what Audi has been attempting to use in the DTM's safety concept, alongside colleagues from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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The DTM stars from Audi will be competing against their Mercedes-Benz rivals at Munich’s Olympic stadium on July 16 and 17 in races that feature a knockout format. They will be in their original vehicles from the current DTM season.

The audience will be hearing the roaring sounds of the almost-470-hp V8 engines of the DTM race vehicles for the first time at the venue.

The Olympic stadium is where the soccer teams of 1860 München and FC Bayern München held their home games in the German "Bundesliga" until 2005. It also hosted the 1972 Olympic Summer Games. For Martin Tomczyk, Timo Scheider & company, the launch of the DTM in Munich will not yet be about scoring championship points. However, they are optimistic that they could win the prestigious race in front of their home audience.

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Audi has confirmed that Britain’s very own Oliver Jarvis will be its official “factory” driver as he participates, for the fourth consecutive season, in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM). Born in Burwell, Cambridge, this 27-year-old racer will be part of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and will be racing with the “current” Audi A4 DTM.

This will be the second consecutive year that Oliver will be driving for Audi. Oliver revealed that he is happy to be part of the Abt team for the second year. While the previous year’s result was not what the team expected, Oliver added though that he had built a strong relationship with Audi’s team and that it remains to be an environment that he is more than happy to work in.

As this is his fourth year to race in the DTM, Oliver further added, he is familiar with most of the tracks. However, a new track located in Austria was included for this year’s competition, he cautioned.

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Audi has finally taken the veil off its latest electrified creation at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – the new the Audi Q4 e-tron concept. This new concept car is a compact four-door SUV that basically provides a good look at the German premium carmaker’s fifth batter electric vehicle that would enter the automotive market by the end of 2020.

Wrapped in “Solar Sky” paint finish, the exterior of the new Audi Q4 e-tron concept is only constrained by its compact dimensions pegged at 4.59 meters in length, 1.90 meters in width and 1.61 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.77 meters. It is almost impossible not to indentify the Q4 e-tron concept as an Audi, as the prototype is marked by on the front end by Singleframe with the four rings.

Furthermore, it is also fairly easy to distinguish the concept as an electric Audi e-tron as it features upright octagonal frame instead of a traditional radiator grille. Large inlets can be found extending from below the concept’s two matrix LED headlights to the front apron.

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The new Audi TT RS – yes, the top version of the German carmaker’s facelifted TT model series – is now officially here. If you could remember, the range-topping TT RS Coupe and Roadster were visually absent when Audi unveiled the facelifted TT model series in July 2018. That got some worried, so Audi is allaying those worries.

As introduced by the brand with the Four Rings, the latest iteration of the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster boasts of completely redrawn front end. However, most of us won't be able to distinguish the newest TT RS models from their predecessors right away. It would take discerning eyes – especially those of Audi TT RS fans and enthusiasts – to know how the latest iterations differ visually from the previous model.

For instance, the lateral air intakes on the front bumper are now larger, each divided by vertical strips. In addition, the quattro logo -- in matt titanium-look – is located in the lower part of the gloss black grille that is surrounded by matt black Singleframe. The grille is flanked by LED headlights as standard, or by optional matrix LED units.

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According to the German premium carmaker, the production version of the Audi e-tron GT concept is set to arrive in around two years. This means that could expect the third member of the e-tron family by late 2020, with initial deliveries set in early 2021. It follows the Audi e-tron SUV as well as the Audi e‑tron Sportback scheduled for 2019.

As designed, the Audi e-tron GT concept features the proportions of a classic Gran Turismo – flat and wide with a long wheelbase – as reflected on its dimensions of 4.96 meters (16.3 ft.) in length, 1.96 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.38 meters (4.5 ft.) in height. Its overall shape is marked by a gently sloping roofline extending into the rear, a cabin tapering strongly toward the rear, well-sculpted wheel arches and shoulders as well as a flat floor that is unusual for an EV. The e-tron GT concept is wrapped in a new exterior color kinetic dust, which is a warm, dark color similar to titanium.

The Audi e-tron GT concept boasts of new arrow-shaped front section marked by the hallmark Audi Singleframe with a more horizontal architecture -- the upper half featuring a cover in body color. The grille is flanked by matrix LED headlights with laser high beam as well as animated function. The large front air inlets helps in effective cooling of the assemblies, battery and brakes while the hood echoes Audi’s Aicon and PB18 e-tron show cars.

Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: Audi unveils e-tron GT concept four-door coupe with a low floor

The up-and-coming Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car is one of the electric cars that the premium carmaker has promised to deliver before 2025. But as early as now, some details have emerged about the new electric offering from Audi, as divulged by two of the company’s top men to Autocar.

First up is the expected distance that the Audi E-tron GT can travel in a single charge using just electricity. As reported by Autocar, Siegfried Pint, who serves as Technical Director Powertrain Integration at Audi, remarked that the new E-tron GT will have an electric range similar to the E-tron electric SUV. Since the E-tron SUV offers a range of 248 miles (400 km) as per WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure). Nonetheless, he noted that this range would be achieve without hindering potential of the E-tron GT four-door sports car, as this new EV would be “focused more towards power.”

Providing the power for the new Audi E-tron SUV is a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery that brings into life its two electric motors (dual asynchronous motors), with a motor placed on each axle for an all-wheel drive performance. The electric powertrain of the E-tron SUV delivers up to 265 kW (355 hp) of output and up to 413 lb-ft. of torque. But when the “boost mode” is activated, the electric motors will also deliver more power to the wheels, to up to 300 kW (402 hp) of output and up to 490 lb-ft. of torque. In this boost mode, the E-tron SUV can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

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SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now assembling the next generation of Audi’s small city car – the new 2019 Audi A1.

The sight of SEAT producing Audi vehicles isn't surprising as both carmakers are members of the larger Volkswagen Group. In addition, the A1 isn't the Audi vehicle produced at SEAT’s Martorrel site. In the middle of 2011, the VW Group assigned the SEAT facility to produce the Audi Q3 luxury subcompact crossover. Since then until July 2018, the Martorrel site had been producing the previous generation of the Audi Q3 and total Spanish production of the subcompact crossover reached nearly 800,000 units.

When the second generation of the Audi Q3 was unveiled, it was decided that the production of the subcompact crossover will be moved from Martorell to the Gyor facilities in Hungary. On the other hand, the previous generation of the A1 was assembled in Brussels. The idle manufacturing capacity at Martorrel left by the Audi Q3 might have prompted the VW Group to transfer the production of the second generation from Brussels to Martorell.

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Not a few got excited when German premium carmaker Audi joined the luxury coupe-SUV segment with the all-new Audi Q8. This new SUV offers customers both the versatility of an SUV and the elegance of a five-door coupe. It offers considerable performance, with more powerful versions slated to arrive soon.

However, for those who can’t wait for the upcoming high-performance versions of the Audi Q8 – the carmaker is still working on them – German tuner ABT is offering to boost the power level of the diesel-powered coupe-SUV. Yes, while there is an increasing hatred against diesel models, it really doesn’t mean this mill is going to die soon, not when such engine is installed under the hood of Audi’s flagship SUV.

ABT is counting on the fact that there are still customers in Europe who believe in diesel power. Such customers are what pushing ABT to further make the diesel variant of the Audi Q8 more powerful. The Q8 – in its Q8 50 TDI version -- is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine that delivers 282 hp (213 kW) of max output and 442 lb.-ft. (600 Nm) of peak torque. This V6 TDI mill is complemented by an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro AWD system. This version of the Audi Q8 can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.2 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h).

Read the entire article ABT Sportsline tunes the new Audi Q8 50 TDI to offer more power on the crank

Following the global debut of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the German premium carmaker is introducing the new Audi R8. The refreshed version of the Audi R8 boasts of a sharper look and better performance made possible by more powerful V10 engines and a modified suspension system.

As part of the upgrade of the new Audi R8, the premium carmaker is implementing a change in designation. From now on, the Audi R8 Coupé V10 and R8 Spyder V10 will be known as the Audi R8 Coupé V10 quattro and R8 Spyder V10 quattro. On the other hand, the Audi R8 Coupé and R8 Spyder V10 plus will be designated as Audi R8 Coupé performance Quattro and R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro. Audi plans to commence sales of the new R8 in the first quarter of 2019 in Germany and other markets in Europe.

Under the hood of the Audi R8 V10 quattro is a V10 naturally aspirated engine that has powered up by 22 kW (30 hp) and 10 Nm (7.4 lb.-ft.) to 419 kW (570 hp) of max output and 550 Nm (405.7 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This allows the Audi R8 Coupe V10 quattro to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and the R8 Coupe V10 quattro in 3.5 seconds. Top speeds are 324km/h (201.3 mph) for the Coupe and 322 km/h (200.1 mph) for the Spyder.

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In just four years, Audi Sport customer racing is already unveiling its fourth race car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Introducing the new Audi R8 LMS GT3, the newest evolution of the carmaker’s second-generation Audi R8 LMS.

After introduced in 2015, the second-gen Audi R8 LMS race car quickly made a name in different major endurance races, like those in Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca and Nurburgring, as well as in Sepang and Spa. It managed to get a number of championship titles, as well as wins in the FIA GT World Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.

In 2016, Audi Sport followed up the heavily successful Audi R8 LMS with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car. Then last year, Audi Sport launched an evolved version of the Audi R8 LMS -- the Audi R8 LMS GT4 sports car. Now, the Audi R8 LMS has further been evolved into a new form – its second evolution -- in the persona of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that was recently unveiled at Paris.

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Most of Audi’s sporty fans are already looking forward to the unveiling of the new R8 at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show this month. As it turns out, Audi has another surprising prepared for its sports-oriented customers – the all-new Audi SQ2 high-performance compact SUV.

It is about time that the Audi Q2 join the premium brand’s S-Series. But to distinguish the SQ2 from a standard Q2, the S-Series model features a large, octagonal Singleframe grille with eight upright double bars while the outermost edges of the two air inlets are joined by a full-width front splitter. As standard, the SQ2 features LED headlights and LED rear lights with dynamic indicators.

Other distinguishing details for the new Audi SQ2 include a long roof edge spoiler, a diffuser insert with four exhaust tailpipes, contoured trim strips in the lower section of the doors as well as aluminum-look exterior mirror housings. Around 10 wheel designs and sizes are available for the new SQ2 like the standard 18-inch alloy wheels with size 235/45 tires or the optional 19-inch wheels with 235/40 tires. Large brakes are fitted -- 340 mm on the front and 310 mm in the rear – with calipers featuring S badges.

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