Audi A5 DTM diesel sport coupe thumbs nose at scandal

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While the diesel emissions scandal is damaging the reputation of the four-cylinder TDI engines, the torquey, fuel-efficient 3.0-liter TDI V6 at the heart of this latest special edition from Audi is so far unsullied. However that doesn't mean the 3.0 couldn't face investigation at some point in the future before the issue is settled. In the meantime, those outside of North America can look forward to the Audi A5 DTM edition's enticing features.

The A5 DTM edition is powered by the same 3.0-liter V6 TDI that we can already get in the A6, A7, and A8 sedans as well as the Q5 and Q7 crossovers. Here, it produces 245 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque (in the US-spec A6, the engine is quoted as making 240 hp and 428 lb-ft).

The A5 DTM channels its power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. That's enough to propel it to 62 in a claimed 5.9 seconds and an electronically-governed top speed of 155 miles per hour.

The sporty look is inspired by Ingolstadt's DTM touring car program. That includes a sportier front fascia, Misano red paint, gloss-black trim, 20-inch split-five-spoke alloys, and special badges inside and out. The interior packs the bucket seats from the RS5, Alcantara trim, stainless steel pedals, and more. Audi will only offer 50 examples, priced in Germany at €74,540 – equivalent to about $85k at current exchange rates.
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Racing spirit – The Audi A5 DTM selection limited-edition model

- Limited run going into production from October
- 20-inch wheels, bucket seats and Misano red finish
- Third DTM special edition from Audi

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).

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.

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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