The new Audi RS5 continues where the RS4 left off, for two years Audi has had no mid-level performance vehicle to go against the BMW M3, now the new RS5 looks set to take on the challenge. Many RS enthusiasts will be glad to know that the RS5 comes with an updated version of the 4.2l V8 that was in the RS4. It posesses a 30hp advantage over the RS4 and BMW M3, which brings a total of 450hp and 317.15 lb ft of torque, all this being channeled through Audi's 7 speed S-tronic double clutch gearbox (launch control included), and an upto date Quattro system.
Along with being able to sprint the 1725 kg RS5 from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 sec and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited, but Audi can adjust the speed to 280 km/h upon request) Audi also claims a fuel economy figure of 10.8l per 100 km (21.78 mpg). As mentioned before the RS5 features updates to the engine and Quattro system. The engine now features a revised intake and exhaust system for better breathing, adjustable camshafts and tumble flabs in the intake manifold. The result is an engine that can rev all the way to 8250 rpm, where it produces peak horsepower. The RS5 will feature a sports exhaust system, which features flaps that open when the engine goes past certain rpms - just like the RS4.
As for Audi's new Quattro all wheel drive system, the RS5 sees the introduction of a Crown-gear differential for its center diff unit. The default setting of torque distribution is 40:60 front to rear, but thanks to the way the new crown-gear diff works, you can expect upto 70% of drive going towards the front wheels or upto 85% to the rear. Audi can also place the new unit at the rear axle at the demand of customers.
19 inch 5 spoke wheels come as standard, while 20 inch items can be had as an option. The brake discs are 365mm in diameter, with black brake calipers bearing an RS logo. Customers will also be able to opt for carbon ceramic brake discs measuring some 380mm in diameter. The RS5 also comes with an elctronic power-steering system called Servotronic.
Audi will let the public see the RS5 at the Geneva motorshow next week, pricing the sleek-looking coupe from 77,700 Euros with sales expecting to start in the spring.