Audi has announced that the A5 coupe will replace the four-door A4 DTM with which Audi has won the prestigious DTM title four times since 2004.
The new safety requirements for the 2012 DTM cars will include increased front and rear crash absorbers as well as an increase in fire safety standards. The A5 coupe will have a similar fuel tank to the Le Mans winning Audi R18 TDI. The fuel tank will be integrated into the carbon fiber shell that will further reduce fire hazards in the case of a side impact crash.
The Audi A5 DTM will also have a high-strength carbon-fiber shell that is combined with a steel tube cage with a new regulation prescribed B-pillar in front of the driver’s head. In addition, sidewalls will also have to be able to withstand a static load that is about four times higher then before.
The only item that will be left nearly unchanged from the success of the A4 DTM will be the 460 hp V8 engine. The engine will be adapted to the A5 DTM platform along with the proven six-speed transmission.
The exterior design of the 2012 A5 coupe DTM will have a larger rear wing and a reduction of the permitted aerodynamics components.
Audi Sport in Ingolstadt, Germany is currently constructing the first A5 prototype and plans on unveiling the Audi A5 DTM to the public at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.