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.”
Audi RS5 Coupe is strong and powerful, and this is quite obvious in the RS5’s powerfully built road stance. As is expected from an Audi, the RS5 showcases lines, surfaces, front and rear end so distinct one would easily know and identify it to be an Audi. It carries the badge of honor and signature of the Audi, with C-pillars that flow, seemingly naturally, onto the arched shoulder line.
Yet far from being just the typical Audi, the RS5 was designed to look sharp and identifiable, giving the two-door car an exterior look from the front that can be described as wider and flatter. Another distinguishable mark for the RS5 is the way the Xenon plus headlights were designed wedge-shaped and complemented by the bottom edge that is wave-shaped. Circling the headlights are LED daytime running lights which are economical and energy-efficient. The same LED running lights are utilized for turn signals.
But the RS5 will never fail to remind you of its power and strength. It possesses a frame that is matted with an aluminum-look finish. It is not unthinkable to think of the RS5 as a race car given how the RS5 tapers its bumper downward into a splitter.
The RS5 also boasts of beveled single-frame grill, high-gloss anthracite gray-finished honeycomb grid, and flared rear and front fenders. In keeping with tradition, the RS5 pays homage to the 1980 Ur-quattro as the RS5 features harsh edges above the wheel wells.