The Audi RS5 is factory tuned hardcore sports car from the German automaker with a more aggressive front end, wider wheel arches and brushed aluminum mirror covers while the interior will be filled with plenty of carbon fiber. Under the hood, the Audi RS5 will be powered by a 4.2 Liter FSI V8 engine and will be coupled with a 7 speed S-tronic gearbox. The power plant will be upgraded to produce 450 HP and will be more than enough to send the RS5 sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in around 4.5 seconds.
Criminals are all too often not the brightest bulbs in the pack and this usually results in them using something like a 1989 Dodge Shadow as their getaway car. Well, not to compliment a robber, but this UK thief took planning to a whole new level and stole himself a real getaway ride, a 450-horsepower Audi RS5 .
After his 16th robbery of a UK business, he took off in the RS5 and the police could hardly keep up – seeing the cars they drive, it is no surprise. The dude even outran a helicopter. It wasn’t until he decided to make a stopover at a local apartment complex that he was tracked down and busted.
The police estimated that he was doing upwards of 180 mph during the chase and by the looks of the helicopter camera, his tires gave way at some point and he was shooting sparks from the rims – a tribute to that wonderful Quattro AWD system, if I may add.
In all, this 65-mile run from the cops in a stolen Audi beast – and the multiple robberies – landed this thief in jail for nine years. A rather light sentence for all of those crimes and an extremely fast police chase. We guess they do things a little differently in the UK.
Anyways, check out the above video to see all of the craziness. You’ll notice that the cameras are pretty choppy in the beginning, but the chase section is nice and smooth.
All we have for now is this teaser image revealed by Audi on their Facebook page, but details surrounding the racer should be revealed next week when it begins its ascent. Audi previously announced that Walter Rohl would return to Pikes Peak as the driver of the the original Sport Quattro S1 he raced to victory a quarter of a century ago. They even released a video of the car’s preparations, meaning Audi could have two vehicles competing.
More details on this Audi RS5 Pikes Peak will be unveiled next week, so stay tuned!
UPDATE 08/10/2012: After delivering the first teaser image the other day, Audi has now unveiled the first official images of the RS5 which will climb Pikes Peak next week. These images also come with the announcement that Audi will team up with Ducati at Pikes Peak to celebrate their common heritage at this iconic mountain.
Today is Power Convertible Day at the Nürburgring. Earlier, we introduced spy shots of the upcoming Lexus IS-F Convertible , and now we have another set of photos, this time of the Audi RS5 Convertible during its own testing on the ’Ring.
The strange thing is that - unlike the previous prototypes caught testing - this vehicle is wearing heavy camouflage leading us to believe that there will be some minor tweaks on the exterior which Audi wants to keep a secret.
Just like the coupe version , the RS5 Convertible will be powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine delivering a total of 450 HP at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 317.15 lb-ft available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.7 - 4.8 seconds - because the convertible version will be bit heavier when compared to the coupe, but top speed will still come limited to 155 mph.
Expect to see the new Audi RS5 Convertible launched by the end of the year.
Audi’s auto racing influence is felt in a number of racing series all over the world. And while they don’t count themselves as part of the Formula One grid, the German automaker’s presence in the touring car series is unmistakable.
For the 2012 season, Audi is bringing a pretty snazzy race-tuned sports car to Italy’s version of touring car racing, called the Superstars Series. Similar to the UK’s British Touring Car Championship, the Superstars Series is made up of a grid that features a plethora of automakers, Audi being one of them.
Looking to return to past glory that saw them cop the 2007 Driver’s title and the 2008 Drivers and Constructors titles, Audi will be bringing a race-tuned model of the Audi RS5 back to the series. This model has been carefully fitted with an aggressive aerodynamic body - the intimidating grilles are a sight to behold - and a V8-powered engine that produces a mighty 450 horsepower.
All in all, three RS5 models will comprise the 2012 Superstars Series grid, including one from German tuner MTM, one from Audi Sport Italia, and one from Swedish team KMS.
The Audi RS5 is headed to the US market, that much we already know, but in order to prepare it for its trip, Audi has decided to give it a little refresher. The 2012 Audi RS5 will be headed to our side of the pond with a few exterior modifications and an updated interior, but power will still come from the sports coupe’s V8 engine.
The facelift isn’t all that surprising considering the RS5’s slower brethren - the Audi A5 - received its own little modifications for the 2012 model year.
The facelifted RS5 has received several new, sharp accents to clean up its look, although at first glance, these changes may not be so obvious. The two that stand out the most are the new single-frame grille with beveled upper corners and standard xenon plus headlights with a more modern shape, framed by narrow strips of LED daytime running lights. Inside the RS5, Audi has dropped in race-style front seats.
The bells and whistles of the exterior and interior just about cover the minor facelift provided for the RS5. In terms of power, the sports coupe will be enjoying the fruits of the standard 4.2 liter V8 engine’s labor, delivering a total of 450 HP at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 317.15 lb-ft available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.6 seconds, while top speed can be increased to 174 mph, upon request.
UPDATE 07/19/2012: Audi has just released US pricing for the RS5. Customers will be able to snag this sports coupe for $69,795, including an $895 destination charge.
UPDATE 09/12/2012: Audi America did one o the most craziest things we have seen in the past few years: they took a RS5 Coupe to "Snake River Canyon" for a very crazy experience. Check the new video to see what we are talking about.
Anytime you can combine two sports cars like the Audi RS5 and the BMW M3 with five minutes worth of classical orchestra, then it becomes a definite must-watch.
The video, which has been titled, "Mechanical Synfonica", is exactly that. Directed by filmmaker Daniel Michealis and produced by Alexander Sperr, it takes us on a five-minute, high-octane action featuring two hot ladies racing the RS5 and the M3 on the background of some picturesque, "postcard-worthy" locale while also burning some serious rubber on the road. Mix that with the always-enchanting sounds of a classical orchestra playing in the background and it just drives up the adrenaline to a whole new level.
Working with Michaelis and Sperr to create this video are the boys over at Format67.net and Reiger Tuning, who, incidentally, had a hand in tuning both the RS5 and the M3.
We’ll spare you the suspense now. Just go ahead and press play and enjoy the best five-minute wake-up call you’ve had in a while.
After first seeing patent drawings of the upcoming Audi RS5 Convertible , the car has finally been caught testing around the Nürburgring race track. The spy images reveal a bigger front spoiler,bigger brakes and wider fenders. At the back, however, it’s still S5 business as usual, with narrower rear fenders and S-type quad exhaust pipes. The model will also get new LED lights, a larger diffuser, and a rear spoiler that extends automatically at 74.56 mph.
As with the coupe version , the convertible version will use a standard 4.2 liter V8 engine with a total of 450 HP at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 317.15 lb-ft available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.6 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph. The top speed can be increased to more than 170 mph upon request.
Audi is dishing up a couple of special editions for the Australian market. First it was the Audi R8 Carbon Edition, and now they have released the new RS 5 Limited Edition, based off the RS5 Coupe . The Limited Edition will be built in only 25 units and will be available in Ibis White, Phantom Black, or Suzuka Grey.
The RS 5 Limited Edition will be distinguished by a black exterior styling package, 20" 5-arm Rotor design wheels with a titanium finish, a sports exhaust system to heighten the V8 symphony, and a panoramic glass sunroof, Inside, the RS5 gets a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, a driver’s seat with memory function, folding/auto dimming exterior mirrors, and bucket seats.
The new Audi RS5 Limited Edition will still be powered by the usual 450 HP 4.2 L V8 engine combined with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and 7-speed S tronic transmission. New to the power setup will be Audi’s Sport Suspension Plus and Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) that uses variable shock absorbers to reduce all pitch and yaw movements purely mechanically and without any lag, thus lifting handling dynamics to an even higher level.
The Audi TT-RS is a very successful model on the European market, hence the reason why US customers signed a petition to get that bad boy over to our side of the pond. Now, we have our American version which comes with a $56,850 price tag, but the RS story doesn’t look like it will be ending there.
Audi has announced that the TT-RS is just one of the RS models they plan to bring to the USA. Following the more powerful TT , the US will be getting the RS5 , which will then lead to a few more other RS models - the RS6 being the most logical next step.
"We’re now taking the first steps with the TT RS and the RS 5," Audi sales head Peter Schwarzenbauer told Bloomberg. "I could indeed imagine that we’ll continue along that route in the future."
Hit the jump for details on the Audi TT-RS American and the Audi RS5.
This year the war in the coupe segment was fought between the Mustang and the Camaro , at least in terms of news segments. The muscle car wars took held the strings that controlled the news puppet, but was that enough to name one of them Coupe of the Year?
We’re not telling as of yet, but we can say that we had many things to consider when narrowing down our list for the best coupe of 2010. Audi, for instance, brought the R8 GT and the RS5 , while Cadillac unveiled the CTS-V Coupe . All of these choices made our top five, so the war ensues between German and American coupe models. We made our decision based on design, performance, price and on how the new model was received. It was a hard decision, but we think we made the right one.
Hit the jump to see who won the title of the Best Coupe of 2010.