Audi introduces limited-edition A5 DTM selection edition

Audi introduces limited-edition A5 DTM selection edition

Audi has introduced a limited-edition version of the A5 whose design is inspired by the heavily-modified RS 5 that competes in the German Touring Car Master’s (DTM) racing series.

The A5 DTM selection edition stands out thanks to a misano red paint job, gigantic Audi Sport emblems on the doors and on the hood as well as gloss black trim on both ends. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels.

The cockpit boasts sport seats plucked from the RS 5 parts bin, misano red trim on the center console and a flat-bottomed steering wheel that’s partially upholstered in Alcantara. The rest of the cabin is largely standard A5 fare, though the limited-edition model boasts puddle lights that project the DTM logo.

Similarly, Volkswagen-owned Audi hasn’t made any mechanical modifications to the A5. The DTM Selection edition is powered by a stock 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine that delivers 245 horsepower and 427 lb-ft. of torque, enough to send the coupe from zero to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds. The oil-burner’s power is transferred to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Limited to just 50 examples, the Audi A5 DTM selection edition is priced at €74,540, a sum that converts to over $85,000. In comparison, the regular-production TDI-powered A5 that it’s based on starts at €51,550 (almost $59,000) in Germany.

DTM woes

Audi’s DTM-inspired A5 is a little bit of an enigma. The RS 5 has had a rough season this year, and Audi is currently placed third behind long-time rivals Mercedes-AMG and BMW in the manufacturer’s championship. The 2015 season’s finale will take place tomorrow on the Hockenheimring in Germany.

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