Audi RS5

Audi RS5

  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.

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.

A standardAudi RS5 is powered by a turbocharged V8 engine with a total output of 450 HP at 8250 rpm and 317 lb-ft of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. That’s quite impressive for a luxury sports coupe, but apparently not impressive enough for German tuner, Senner, who believed that the car could do much better than that.

So, with a new valve-controlled stainless steel exhaust system and adjusted zero-pressure monitoring, the output has been increased to 506 HP and 478 NM of torque. With these new numbers the RS5 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, while top speed has been increased to 173 mph.

Next to the engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering a new Bilstein coilover kit, called the B16 PSS10, that allows for 10-stage adjustable damping, shiny black 245 carbon fabric, additional front grille, and window frames in the Black Edition. The package is finished by a new set of 20" wheels painted in diamond black polish.

Press release after the jump.

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Suspension gurus H&R have released their lowering kits for the Audi RS5 and BMW 5 series touring models.

As newer model cars are launched, research and development in the area of aftermarket parts needs to keep up with newly implemented technology, more so in the luxury segment. The design engineers at H&R have worked tirelessly to ensure the new suspension products work, in certain applications, better than their OEM counterparts.

Barely a hundred of these road rockets have been delivered worldwide and already there are a plethora of aftermarket parts available. The latest of which is a new suspension kit from H&R that lowers the stance and stiffens the body of the menacing RS5. The kit comprises of new, thicker anti-roll bars and lowering springs in either 15 or 25 millimeters - depending on your preference. For serious drivers, they have also developed a fully adjustable coilover system, although if fitted will negate the fancy factory electronic setup.

Hit the jump for the full story.

Source: H&R
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World renown VAG tuner, ABT Sportline, has released an all-new performance exhaust for the Audi TTRS and RS5 models.

Anyone who drives an extremely sporty car of the caliber of an Audi RS5 or Audi TT-RS likes acoustics which suit the performance potential of their racer. Owners of premium cars from Ingolstadt expect a sound that represents the power of the car without being too loud, and is also produced in the best possible quality.

For the RS5 and TT-RS, ABT Sportsline has developed an exhaust system which meets the high demands of their customers: the sound is a lot more powerful and striking over all speed ranges and seems even more dynamic. At the same time it complies with the legally prescribed maximum noise levels. The good acoustics which will amaze fans of sporty vehicles suit both the RS racing sound and everyday driving. Thanks to the high-quality stainless steel technology the exhaust system is extremely robust and durable – an investment in a long car life full of driving enjoyment.

The new exhaust system from ABT Sportsline consists of middle and rear mufflers, which run from the catalytic converter to the rear of the vehicle. With this placement, the system fits perfectly with the Audi design as the standard appearance is retained. The result is simple; the unmistakable RS look plus a powerful ABT sound and performance gain that allow the special set-up to be ideal for everyday use.

ABT Sportline RS5 Exhaust sound

As we are all patiently waiting for the Audi RS5 to head on over to the US , tuners are already giving us the goods to want the RS5 even more. The Audi RS5 ’s V8 engine already develops a total of 450 HP, but the tuners from SKN didn’t seem to think that was enough for the little sports coupe. They managed to increase the power to an amazing 500 HP by adding a SKN Power Tuning Stage 2 and a Milltek stainless steel exhaust system "Hockenheim Edition" with throttle control, including motor sports Cat/Cat replacement pipe.

Not only did they recalibrate the ECU unit, but the tuners from SKN are also offering a SKN optimized BILSTEIN PSS10 suspension system that is teamed up with 20-inch BBS CH-R wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. The tuner is also offering Light Alloy Wheel Spacers.

However, despite the power increase, the tuner revealed nothing about the car’s new performance numbers. We know the standard Audi RS5 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed that is limited to 155 mph, but can be increased to 173 mph. We can only expect that the SKN RS5 will receive even better numbers.

Video and press release after the jump.

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German tuner, MTM, knows a thing or two about tuning up an Audi. One of their last projects was theAudi RS6 Clubsport which was an ugly car, but ended up having a sick power boost to the tune of 730hp. Not bad for a car that looked like a cab. Now, MTM is at it again, albeit on a much smaller scale. Their newest project is the Audi RS5 and, though MTM did not increase the 450hp found under the hood, they did adjust it a little to make the car much cooler.

Using a modified MTM motronic computer, MTM is able to ensure that the speed limited is removed from the Audi . The RS5 can now hit a top speed of 188mph compared to the standard 155mph. This upgrade program will cost the consumer 1,499 EUR. Put some extra cash down and the German tuners will add a new exhaust system with throttle valves and two end pipes. The added package also brings Bimoto rims in a 19” or 20” style available in two colors, 20mm spacers, and a TV set. An F cantronic air suspension system will become available soon.

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Finally, we are not getting left out of the great European car market. Audi has just confirmed that they will be bringing the RS5 Coupe to the United States in 2012. It’s a few years off, but we are really thrilled about this new model. Under the hood will be the 450 horsepower V8.

Audi will also launch the R8 Spyder, which will be around $161,000. That price is for the six-speed manual models. The fancy six-speed R-tronic manu-matic is $9,000. Yes, $9,000 for a neat transmission that isn’t all that good.

We like the RS5 more in this case because taking the top off of a supercar usually doesn’t work well. The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet isn’t as good as the hardtop, the Ferrari 430 Spyder isn’t as good as the hardtop and we are betting that the R8 Spyder won’t be as good as the normal R8.

Hit the jump to see the press release.

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Like a family fighting about where to go on vacation, the Volkswagen Group are having a little internal conflict of their own. This situation could endanger the future of the Porsche 356, the Audi R5, and the VW BlueSport.

The VW BlueSport was shown at the 2009 Detroit auto show and it got such good press that it was close to production. Yet, because of the infighting, the vehicle is on hold.

So, what’s going on? Well, Porsche doesn’t want the next-generation Boxster to lose sales because of the cheaper 356. Audi, who is having issues withR8 demand, doesn’t want a third sports car to be put between the new Audi TT and their supercar. While VW really likes the idea of the BlueSport, they are currently occupied with other areas, such as the next-generation Golf .

"Sports cars are not at the top of our priority list," states chairman Martin Winterkorn. "This applies in particular to sports cars that require the collaboration of Porsche, which is not even part of the VW Group yet."

Hit the jump for the rest of the story.

Source: Automobile

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