Two months after checking out the A5 DTM concept, Audi has whipped out the production model at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Codenamed the "R17," the A5 DTM replaced the old A4 DTM and is scheduled for homologation on March 1, 2012. Until then, engineers will be busy putting it to some extreme testing.

The A5 DTM is 5.01 meters long, 1.95 meters wide, and 1.15 meters low, and is completely made in carbon fiber. It is powered by a V8 engine mated to six-speed transmission, now pneumatically operated using paddle shifters in the steering wheel. The shifting events are more precise compared with conventional manual gearshifts and allow the mileage of the unit to be quadrupled to up to 24,000 kilometers. The whole setup delivers a total of 460 HP. The race car has also received a safety fuel tank with a capacity of 120 liters integrated with the carbon fiber cell of the Audi A5 DTM that allows the current distance of a DTM race to be covered without a refueling stop.

"In the past, Audi has had very innovative solutions particularly in the area of aerodynamics in the DTM," says Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Head of Engineering at Audi Sport. "Since these areas have been subjected to severe restrictions good detailed solutions will now be crucial to achieving advantages over the competition."

Updated 03/21/2012: Audi Motorsport has unveiled today the first images of the new A5 DTM wearing its racing livery. Next to the official car tested at Valencia, four new Audi A5 DTM cars will be on track sporting their final outfits for the first time. Hit the jump for a full list of the Audi teams in the 2012 DTM.

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The Audi teams in the 2012 DTM

Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline

  • Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A5 DTM)
  • Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi A5 DTM)

Audi Sport Team Abt

  • Rahel Frey (E-POSTBRIEF Audi A5 DTM)
  • Adrien Tambay (Audi ultra A5 DTM)

Audi Sport Team Phoenix

  • Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM)
  • Miguel Molina (Red Bull Audi A5 DTM)

Audi Sport Team Rosberg

  • Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi A5 DTM)
  • Filipe Albuquerque (TV Movie Audi A5 DTM)
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  (683) posted on 12.15.2011

I love this race car not because of the speed of this, It’s because of the good performance of the engine and the style and design of it. Well, I would admit that this is really my ideal and dreamed sports car!

  (728) posted on 11.30.2011

It really looks so sporty on its graphic design, which is cool with this. However, I think it is better if they use a V10 engine than with V8. Moreover, I have to agree that it looks very precise on its features.

  (242) posted on 11.15.2011

DTM is truly oozing with angst because of its platform and graphic design! smiley However, its 460 horsepower is really kind of impressive, but I think it is not enough for a race car, so it can have a better speed performance.

  (570) posted on 10.14.2011

DTM was so aggressive on its body paint and detailing, and I must say that I’m so impressed with Audis’ race car! I would really love to see on their car soon and have it for myself. smiley

  (647) posted on 10.4.2011

Nice racing prototype, very detailed and customized too. Definitely it look impressive and slightly aggressive on red style. But what’s important is staying safe, and making sure with all the functionality of the car.

  (570) posted on 09.20.2011

Very impressive race car. I want to see this car in live performance some of a day and also i want to have like this race car. I love all the race car in the world. smiley

  (399) posted on 09.16.2011

I think this kind of sports car has a fast speed and strong features. It has a perfect complexion and design indeed.

  (382) posted on 09.16.2011

2012 Audi A5 DTM has 460 horse power its enough for the race car likes this. The style of the car is simple but the performance of this car is crazy. smiley

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