Audi A5 DTM 2012

September 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

Audi’s new contender for Germany;s favorite motorsport DTM has been revealed in the flesh, and would you just look at it! Regardless of the technicalities, it’s an awesome object to be hold.

The Audi 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. Like its predecessor, the A5 DTM is powered by a V8 engine with an output of about 340 kW (460 HP). The six-speed transmission, now pneumatically operated using paddle shifters in the steering wheel, is a new development. The shifting events are more precise compared with conventional manual gearshifts and allow the mileage of the unit to be quadrupled to up to 24,000 kilometers.

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The engine electronics (Bosch MS 5.1), which operate without fuses, and the central display that is already being used in the Audi R8 LMS are state-of-the-art as well. The exclusive tire partner Hankook is supplying larger and wider tires with dimensions resembling those of LMP2 sports cars.

Principles around which this car has been developed include safety of the vehicles, reduction of the costs by up to 40 percent and a spectacular exterior design. Job done we guess. But it faces tough competition next year. Mercedes has a new car, and BMW is coming back too.