2016 Audi A5 DTM Selection Limited-Edition

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Having won seven drivers’ championships and four constructors’ titles between 2002 and 2015, Audi has plenty of reasons to be proud of its recent DTM campaigns. And even though 2015 was a rather disappointing season, it didn’t stop the Germans from creating a special-edition model that celebrates the A5’ s efforts in the racing series.

Meet the A5 DTM Selection, a limited-edition coupe that carries the spirit of Audi’s DTM-spec coupe from the race track to the road.

Limited to only 50 units and priced at €74,540 (about $84,700) in Germany, the A5 DTM Selection is Audi’s third road car to wear the DTM badge. The first one came in 2005 as the A4 DTM Edition only a few months after Audi had won all three titles in the series. The second one was the 2014 A5 DTM Champion that celebrated Mike Rockenfeller’s 2013 victory.

Though Ingolstadt has nothing to celebrate in 2015 with Mercedes-Benz and BMW only one round away from winning the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship, respectively, Audi decided that the current-generation A5 deserves another DTM special-edition before it goes out of production.

What Makes the A5 DTM Selection Special?

Audi A5 DTM Selection Limited-Edition

Much like previous DTM-badged road cars, the A5 DTM Selection stands out by means of custom exterior bits and a sportier interior. On the outside, the coupe sports an updated body kit that seems borrowed from the S5, making the DTM Selection a bit more aggressive than the average A5. The bumper intakes are significantly larger, while the grille surround is finished in high-gloss black (the standard unit is chrome). The side mirrors and the trunk lid spoiler, and the window trim are also black, providing a strong contrast with the flashy Misano red paint. Speaking of the paint, the bright-red hue is complemented by black-and-grey decals on the side skirts and C pillar, as well as white “Audi Sport” logos on the doors and the engine hood, in the same areas where DTM cars usually have their entry numbers.

Audi A5 DTM Selection Limited-Edition

The fact that the A5 DTM Selection is no regular coupe becomes obvious as soon as the doors are open. The entry lighting system projects a DTM logo onto the ground, while the door sills display the “Audi Sport” label. The driver and front passenger will ride in bucket seats adopted from the RS5. While most of the cabin is dressed in black, numerous features are finished in Misano Red, including the seat backrest covers, door inlays, and center console trim. Red stitching adorns both the seats and the door panels, as well as the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel. Rounding off the package is a set of stainless steel pedals.

The A5 DTM Selection comes with a good package overall, but it’s price tag is far from being seductive.

While both the exterior and interior are worthy of a race-inspired road car, I can’t say the same about the drivetrain. That’s because power comes from the same 3.0-liter V-6 diesel in the standard A5, meaning output sits at 245 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Granted, that’s a lot of oomph for a diesel, but not what you’d expect from a coupe that’s supposed to bring the A5 DTM’s racing spirit to the road. Performance figures are also identical to the A5 3.0 TDI, as the DTM Selection will sprint from 0-to-62 mph in 5.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.

All told, the A5 DTM Selection comes with a good package overall, but it’s price tag is far from being seductive. For €74,540, you can buy either a well-equipped S5 (priced from €60,100) or an RS3 Sportback (priced from €52,700) and use the rest to book a few weekends at the track.

Audi A5

Audi A5 Coupe

Launched in 2007 as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series Coupe (now the 4 Series) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, the A5 is based on the A4 sedan and spawned many versions, including a convertible and a Sportback, four-door liftback. The standard model received an array of four-cylinder and V-6 engines displacing between 1.8 and 3.2 liters, while the performance-oriented S5 and RS5 models used 4.2-liter V-8s.

The first-generation models was praised for its design, build quality, performance, and all-wheel-drive system and continues to be a good seller despite nearing the end of its life cycle. Audi launched a facelift in 2011 and made further updates in 2013, adding new equipment and increasing output across the entire engine lineup. A completely redesigned model based on the new A4 is expected to arrive in 2016.

Press Release

Audi is taking the spirit of the DTM from the racetrack to the road – with the Audi A5 DTM selection* special edition. A powerful 3.0 TDI developing 180 kW (245 hp), 20-inch wheels, dynamic design and bucket seats reveal the two-door coupé’s connections with the race version that has featured in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM).

Audi A5 DTM Selection Limited-Edition

The Audi A5 DTM selection turns heads with its special racing design. The front lid, doors and rear window are emblazoned with dynamically designed DTM, quattro and Audi Sport logos. The Misano red paint finish contrasts with high-gloss black add-on parts on the front, sills and rear, giving added emphasis to the sports appeal of this limited-edition model. The front apron and the large air inlets with their rhombus-pattern grilles also contribute to its special looks. The cast aluminum wheels by Audi Sport embrace a five twin-spoke design in matt titanium look. Their dimensions are 9J x 20, for 265/30 R 20 tires.

With the door open, the entry lighting projects a DTM logo onto the road. The special edition’s door sill trims, too, display the Audi Sport label and there are dark-tinted windows at the rear. The interior is dominated by the highly contoured bucket seats adopted from the RS model. Their backrest covers and the inlays in the door and side trims and center console are in Misano red. Red stitching enhances the seats and leather multifunction sports steering wheel, the flattened rim of which is partly trimmed in Alcantara. The pedals are in stainless steel.

Audi A5 DTM Selection Limited-Edition

The hood of the Audi A5 DTM selection conceals the powerful 3.0 TDI engine with an output of 180 kW (245 hp) and 580 Nm (427.8 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates the two-door model from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.9 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). The A5 DTM selection achieves average fuel consumption per 100 kilometers (62.1 miles)

of 6.3 liters (6.3 US mpg) with 162 grams of CO2 per kilometer (260.7 g/mi). A seven-speed S tronic transfers the engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

Audi has restricted the production run for the A5 DTM selection to 50 cars, at a price of EUR 74,540 in Germany. The spectacular coupé is the third DTM special edition built by the brand with the four rings. Its predecessors – the A4 Sedan in 2005 and the A5 Coupé in 2013 – carried the spirit of Audi in the German Touring Car Masters from the racetrack to the road.

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