New Audi RS5 to spit out 331kW from new V6 and will hit 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds
Audi has unveiled its all-new Audi RS5 sports coupe at the Geneva Motor Show. Powered by an all-new 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 that produces 331kW and 600Nm of torque, which is on tap between 1,900rpm to 5,000rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint will be dismissed in 3.9 seconds and if customers choose the optional dynamic package, their RS5 will rocket on to 280km/h.
Power is sent through to all-four wheels through Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel drive system, with a 40:60 split between the front and rear axles. The drivetrain is completed with an eight-speed automatic, fined tuned for sporty shifting.
Despite the blistering performance, Audi says the new Audi RS5 will only sip 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle.
All that power and brute force is kept it check with a five-link suspension set up and the front and rear of the car. Should you choose, there’s also the option of RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes and dynamic steering, all of which are designed to help the driver customise their driving experience.
Cosmetically, the Audi says it has drawn inspiration from the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO racing car. The large single frame radiator grille has the RS trademark honeycomb insert, and is much wider than the grille fitted to cooking models. There are bulging wheel arches – the Audi RS5 is 15 milimetres wider than normal A5 models – and there are air intakes and outlets next to the headlights. Should you select the optional Matrix LED headlights, these are tinted for greater distinction.
Around the back, there is a larger rear diffuser, loud oval exhausts and a lip-spoiler. The Audi RS5 is fitted with 19 inch alloys as standard, with 20 inch wheels available as an option.
The Audi RS5 cockpit is equally as sporty, with RS sports seats and steering wheel, there’s also RS logos on the door sills and gear knob. Alcantara covers the steering wheel, gear lever and knee pads and there are racy red seat belts.
Naturally, Audi’s virtual cockpit is fitted, and unique RS features include a g-force metre, torque and tyre pressure. Should you opt to change gears manually, there’s also a shift indicator on the screen.
In car entertainment includes Audi’s MMI in car entertainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Prices and specifications for Australian bound Audi RS5 models have yet to be confirmed, but the new Audi RS5 is expected to rumble into local showrooms before year’s end.