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A4 DTM joins Audi's performance range

Initially, the A4 DTM, as it is known, was only offered as left hand drive but, due to high levels of demand from markets outside Europe, the DTM was also being made available for right hand drive markets.

Two versions of the Audi A4 DTM Edition are available here - both with a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. <> The range starts off with the 147 kW DTM priced at R298 000, while the full bore 162 kW model costs R307 700.

This power unit sees quattro GmbH continuing the tradition of 4-cylinder turbo engines with increased power output. The increase in power output was achieved by a specially adapted engine management system.

This results in impressive performance figures: the 162 kW DTM from 0 to 100 km/h within the space of 7.1 seconds, and top speed is achieved at 247 km/h. Overall fuel consumption amounts to 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres.

Torque output for the standard A4 DTM remains at 280 Nm while the 162 kW version sees torque boosted to 300 Nm.

The quattro GmbH S line sports suspension system, which lowers the body by 20 millimetres and includes firmer shock absorber/spring rates, reflects the engine's gain in output.

The A4 DTM Edition is fitted with 18-inch wheels of 15-spoke design which are based stylistically on the wheels of the DTM racing car. In contrast to standard specification, the front brake discs are perforated.

Sporty looks

The special model is based on the new Audi A4 sedan, but boasts a much more dynamic appearance. The exterior of the Audi A4 DTM Edition is distinguished by the new side sills and the DTM logo in the rubbing strips of the rear doors.

The striking single-frame radiator grille is in Phantom Black, and as an option, the exterior mirrors are also available in Phantom Black, at no extra charge.

The newly developed front bumper is distinguished by a striking carbon-fibre lip in black at the bottom, derived from the field of motor sport. Additional air vents at the front and rear provide another sporty touch to the car.

The Audi A4 DTM edition is recognisable from the rear by its newly-designed bumper and an additional carbon-fibre spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid. The exhaust system tailpipes with an increased diameter of 100 mm, and the rear diffuser derived from motor sport, are striking elements of the rear view.

The interior of the car is sportily elegant in trim. Door sill trims with the DTM logo distinguish the Audi A4 DTM Edition, as do the floor mats with silver piping and DTM logo.

The seat surfaces of the Recaro sports seats are trimmed with Nardia microfibre, the side sections with leather. Silver stitching provides a distinctive visual feature.

Leather and Nardia microfibre are also to be found on the trim of the 3-spoke steering wheel, with Nardia additionally being a trim element of the handbrake handle and the gear lever knob. The dashboard and door trims sport carbon inlays, a familiar feature on the Audi S4.

Standard equipment of the Audi A4 DTM Edition includes dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, full-size front airbags, side airbags at the front and the sideguard head airbag system along with the latest-generation ESP and active head restraints.

Servotronic power assisted steering, remote central locking, electrically operated windows and side mirrors and a CD-based sound system are all part of the package. A rain and light sensor, multi-function steering wheel, automatically dimming rear view mirror are also included as standard.

A full range of optional extras are also available.

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