2017 Geneva Motor Show: Audi RS5 DTM debuts

Alongside the Audi RS5 Coupe, which debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Audi debuted its latest DTM race car — the Audi RS5 DTM.

“This is a special day for me and everyone involved in the DTM project,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “For the first time, we developed a new DTM car in parallel with the production model. This underlines once again how closely motorsport and production work together at Audi.” The track record of the previous-generation model sets benchmarks for the future. Having clinched ten victories in each of the last two seasons, it was the most successful DTM car in both years. “Obviously, we’d like to repeat this with the new RS 5 DTM,”

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The Audi RS5 DTM is also one of the better looking DTM cars to come from Ingolstadt. It, obviously, borrows the design language from the new RS5 and stands out from its previous two iterations. “It appears even more progressive and is even more extreme in terms of aerodynamics,” says Project Leader Stefan Gugger. “In many areas of aerodynamics, we explored further detailed options.”

But the most important part of the RS5 DTM, the part you want to hear about, is what powers it. Under the hood is a 4.0 liter V8 that makes 500 hp. While that’s awesome, it’s actually sort of annoying. While the RS5 DTM gets a 4.0 liter V8, the new RS5 Coupe road car gets a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6. The previous RS5 got a 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 which was incredible, so we sort of miss those free-revving V8s. It makes the RS5 DTM sort of a tease.

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“These are exciting times for the DTM. We have more power, softer tires and less downforce. Combined with the best drivers, we expect to see even more thrilling racing. I can only invite everyone to come to Hockenheim at the beginning of May to personally witness the first race of our new baby.” said Gass.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.