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.
To further connect the new A5 DTM with its racing counterpart, Audi has seen to it that the front lid, doors and rear window carry the DTM, Quattro and Audi sport logos. These emblems are prominently displayed in these parts of the car.
Finishing off the car’s aesthetic design is a beautiful Misano red paint finish, complemented by glossy black parts on the A5’s front sills and rear. The red and black contrast serves to emphasize the sport origins of the Audi A5 DTM.
Audi did not limit itself when it comes to proclaiming the Audi A5 DTM’s connection to the race track. Lights at the front doors are actually projectors – you’ll get the satisfaction at having people turn to look at the DTM logo they cast on the ground when you open the door.
Even the bucket seats in the interiors feature connections to the RS model of the Audi A5. The seats are contoured, while the rest of the interiors feature the same Misano red finish as the exterior. The red-based interior design is completed by red stitching on the seats and the multifunction sports steering wheel.
The wheel features leather upholstery, with the material Alcantara found in the flat rim of the wheel. Stainless steel makes up the body of the clutch, brake and gas pedals. As mentioned earlier, the Audi A5 DTM features a 3.0-liter TDI engine with a horsepower rating of 180 kW or 245 horsepower, and torque of 580 Nm or 427.8 lb-ft.
All of these lead to an impressive performance. Road tests reveal the A5 DTM’s excellent accelerating capability, being able to jump from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in only 5.9 seconds. A speed governor placed on the engine keeps the car from going beyond 250 km/h or 155.3 mph, a necessary device to keep it road-safe.
Despite all this powerful capabilities, the A5 DTM only consumes an average of 6.3 liters, equivalent to 6.3 US mpg, for every 62.1 miles or 100 kilometers it travels. CO2 emissions are also at 162 grams per kilometer, or 260.7 grams per mile.
The car’s propulsion system features a seven-speed S-tronic transmission as well as the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
Car aficionados who want to add the A5 DTM to their collection should be quick in ordering, as there will only be 50 units to be produced. Buyers will have to shell out EUR74,540 for each unit in Germany.