November 26, 2004
Source: Audi Communication Motorsport (translation by AudiWorld)
With the series complete Audi celebrates the year’s successes in the DTM with a new design study. The brand won all three possible titles in the 2004 season. The new AUDI A4 DTM edition, which was developed by quattro GmbH, is for those customers who want to accent the already sporty standard model.
The AUDI A4 DTM edition includes a new 2.0 turbocharged FSI motor. With the FSI engine output has been increased from 200 to 220 HP, and torque from 280 to 300 Nm. Similar to the S LINE chassis quattro GmbH has lowered the car by 20 millimeters, utilizing lowered and firmer springs. The A4 DTM edition stands on new 18″ multi-spoke wheels, which borrow from the style of the DTM racing car wheels. The front brakes are also drilled, just as in the series.
Starting with the new A4 sedan, this special model is even more optically dynamic. Outwardly the A4 differs by the new DTM signature in the protection strip of the rear door. The Singleframe radiator grille is finished in phantom black, just as is the bumper and the side mirrors. Additional air intakes set a further sporty accent in front and in the back. A new rear bumper and carbon fiber spoiler lip help differentiate the A4 DTM edition from the rear. The exhuast pipes have been increased by 100 millimeters in diameters, and extend through a race-derived tail diffuser.
The interior of the vehicle can best be described as sportily elegant. The door sills include the DTM logo. This same logo is also included on the floor mats, including silver piping. The seats are Alcantara Recaros with leather side inserts, again with silver seams used as an accent. Alcantara also covers the 3-spoke sport steering wheel, the shifter and the handbrake. Carbon fibre interior trim is also borrowed from the Audi S4.
The Audi A4 DTM edition comes standard with, among other things, xenon lights, automatic climate control, fullsize front airbags, side and head airbags and the most recent generation ESP.
This year’s DTM season was triumphant for Audi. Audi won all three titles in its first year of participation, and in a new car. Mattias Ekstroem secured the driver’s title, Abt won the team championship and Audi won the manufacturer’s title.
The model on display at the Essen show is just a design study, but sales are planned for the start of the 2005 DTM season.