Frankfurt: Audi A5 DTM revealed image

Being the perfect place to unveil a new competitor, Audi presented to the public their 2012 A5 DTM at the Frankfurt Motor Show, rivaling with Mercedes’ version which was also under the “same” roof at the German event.

After being just a rumor along with some sketches presented to the public by the automaker, Audi decided it’s time to reveal its new DTM car for 2012, the A5, known internally as the R17, which the Germans say it delivers 455 horsepower from its racing V8 engine sitting on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, along the high-strength steel roll cage.

According to the automaker, the racing V8 unit is connected to a six-speed sequential transmission which is actually similar to the one found on its “older brother”, the A4 DTM.

Audi was cheap on details and we can’t really judge them for that considering that they presented a racing car which is rivaling the same models as its production version, but one thing is for sure: the four-time champion A4 DTM will retire.

“In 2012 new Technical Regulations will come into effect in the DTM. We’ve got exactly the right model for that in the A5. We’re convinced that we’ll be able to continue Audi’s success story with it in the DTM”, said the head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

Based on the refreshed 2013 version of the A5, the first prototype of the R17 is currently being built at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt.