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.
When Audi unveiled the RS5 sport coupe at the Geneva Motor Show they also announced it will not be offered on the US market. But it seems that at the NY Auto Show the company said the car has big chances to be offered for the US customers, meaning it will become the first RS-cars to be shipped stateside since the departure of the slow-selling RS4 Cabriolet in 2008. A US arrival is expected for the summer of 2011. In Europe the RS5 is priced at €77,000 (about $104,000).
The RS5 will be powered by a turbocharged V8 engine with a total output of 450 bhp at 8250 rpm and a maximum output of 317 lbs-ft of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The car weights only 3,802 lbs and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, but it can be increased to 173 mph.
After perusing through countless spy shots and a brief conversation with a representative from Audi of America we speculated that the four ringed German automaker was hard at work on their next over the top street legal RennSport racecar, and that it was going to be an Audi RS5 . The most powerful A5 ever will make its world debut next month at the Essen Motor Show that runs from November 28 thru December 6 in the West German city. Compared to the current top of the line S5 , the new RS5 will feature a more aggressive front end complete with larger air intakes an a deeper lip spoiler, wider wheel arches to house the additional rubber and R8 super car style aluminum fuel filler cap. Aside from the standard RS upgrades, the upcoming RS5 will also wear a pair of the brushed metal mirror covers and should be filled with plenty of carbon fiber on the inside.
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 from previous versions in order to produce a maximum output of 450 HP and will be more than enough to send the RS5 sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in around 4.5 seconds. By combining the upgraded FSI engine with Audi’s patented Quattro all wheel drive technology the German automaker is about to release a very stylish high performance vehicle into the market that will easily compete with the likes of BMW’s boy racer M3 and even an AMG powered C63 from Mercedes Benz . So now that we know the RS5 is official, we can’t wait until Essen to see the finished product.
Wouldn’t it be great if Audi came out with an RS2 inspired avant for 2012. It would not only make for a great concept but it would be an even better road car; and if there is any automaker that can pull off a factory tuned 400+ HP wagon, it’s the four ringed German automaker. After a recent chat with a few Audi of America representatives it looks like a mid sized RS sports car is definitely in the works. As far as the extra spacious interior is concerned, Audi could go the way of their Bavarian brethren at BMW with a few GT inspired fastbacks. However we hope that 100 year old German automaker continues doing what they do best, insanely powerful five door wagons that wear RennSport badges. This is a trend that was started in 1994 with the Passat sized turbocharged five cylinder estate and continued with the original Euro only RS4 that was only available with soccer mom styling.
In no attempt to toot my own horn, the first time I found myself behind the wheel of a press car I was going to my at the time girlfriend’s house in an Imola Yellow Audi RS 4 cabriolet and encountered an equally brilliant Lamborghini Gallardo along the way. So excuse the following if it sounds a little biased, but I can attest to the magic that Audi’s RS engineers can do; but if you have ever driven an RS model then you know about that special button that tightens the steering, increases the horse power and sharpens the RS4’s handling; turning and extraordinary carbon fiber clad touring car into a racecar detuned to be street legal, the RS models are so good that they can make a 350 HP A4 seem a bit tame.
Up until now we Top Speed has only been able to bring you images of what we believe to be the upcoming Audi RS5 mid size super coupe from the test track , but now we have finally found a clear full color image of what we believe to be the new Audi RS5. While the Audi A5 will get a minor facelift for 2010, what appears to be an ordinary S5 is wearing an awful large set of air intakes in the front bumper, certainly something reserved for Audi’s factory tuned RS variants, and we are almost certain that there is an RS5 underneath that sheet metal skin.
By combining the upgraded FSI engine with Audi’s patented Quattro all wheel drive technology the German automaker is about to release a very stylish high performance vehicle into the market that will easily compete with the likes of BMW’s boy racer M3 and even an AMG powered C63 from Mercedes Benz. We are also quite sure that the new RS5 will be in U.S. showrooms sometime in the near future as well.
While the Audi A5 will get a minor facelift for 2010, the big news is the RS5 which is set to debut this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. We found out back in November that Audi will be downsizing many of its quickest models . While the current RS6 is powered by a 5.0 Liter twin turbo V10 making 580 HP, the RS5 will be motivated in the form of the RS4s 4.2 Liter FSI V8 except that this time output will be bumped up to 450 HP.
By combining the upgraded FSI engine with Audi’s patented Quattro all wheel drive technology the German automaker is about to release a very stylish high performance vehicle into the market that will easily compete with the likes of BMW’s boy racer M3 and even an AMG powered C63 from Mercedes Benz. Although there are no official specifications from the manufacturer at the time that this undisguised RS5 was photographed in California’s Death Valley we expect that it will be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in around 4.5 seconds, not to shabby for a luxury car.
Audi has just confirmed that the RS5 sports coupe will have a naturally aspirated 4.2 Liter eight cylinder engine that makes 450 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque. The new Audi coupe will be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds and will be on the market by the end of this year. The choice of power plant is an interesting move for the German automaker that pans on downsizing to boosted V6 engines for their high performance vehicles.
As it turns out the RS5 will offered as a convertible model. This second RS convertible, the other being the RS4, will makes its debut some time in the near future. When the RS5 hits the U.K. market Audi will be asking for around £60K, about $90,000 here in the U.S. That sleek profile and FSI V8 power should be worth every penny.
While reduced engines and less power are usually tough to get excited about, the smaller engine should make the car substantially lighter. The RS5 is expected to have a 0 to 60 mph time around 4.5 seconds, which should be very close to the RS6.
We know the Audi RS5 is close to its debut. It’s already been caught a few times without any disguise. Judging by the license plate, this video is likely of the same unmasked car we saw back in October . That doesn’t matter too much because even if the sight is not new, the sound is. There is something very sweet about hearing the 450 hp 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 being let out of its cage.
Hopefully the next place we see the RS5 will be at the Geneva Motor Show, but Audi still has breathing room before the car’s debut. The production version isn’t set to hit the street until the summer of 2010.
Porsche seems to be embracing its new role in the Volkswagen Group. Today we’ve already seen news about the Audi R4 and Porsche Boxster/Cayman possibly sharing a platform , now Porsche may be looking to go further into the Audi line. The latest rumor from Germany has Porsche interested in doing some heavy breathing on the A5 /S5 coupe.
Porsche helped launch Audi’s RS line of cars back in 1994 with the RS2 based on the Audi 80 Avant (wagon). Now it seems that Porsche wants to get back in the business of hot-hatch Audis by working with the upcoming RS5 as a base. Speculation pegs the car with 4.2-liter V8 making about 450 hp (over 100 hp more than the S5) and Quattro all-wheel drive. Porsche will help with all aspects of the engineering including reducing the car’s overall weight.
One of the more suspicious parts of this rumor is that this Porsche-tuned package will come in a car known as the A5 Sportback - an A5 with four-doors and a bigger trunk or hatchback. Doesn’t Audi already have a sports sedan/wagon in this segment? (HINT FOR NUBIES: the A5 is the coupe version of the A4 )