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.
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 RS4 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)
AutoExpress caught the future RS5 testing at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit with no disguise. Although a similar car has been seen before, this angle really shows off the swoopy coupe.
Powering the car will likely be a twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 beast that will deliver 450 hp. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in less than 5 seconds and top speed will be limited to 155 mph (under the German manufacture’s gentleman’s agreement that most carmakers follow.)
The RS5 will feature deeper front spoiler with larger air intakes, bulging wheelarches, side skirts and huge twin oval exhaust pipes. Sales should begin in 2010 with a price of around £50,000 ($87,500 at current exchange rates).
One of the biggest M3’s competitor, the Audi RS5 (until now only saw in the spy shots) has been officially confirmed for an world debut at the Detroit Auto Show next January. And a bad news for the US market: the second-generation RS6 will not be sold in here. Need more proof that Europe gets all the good cars?
Shortly after the world premiere of the RS5 in Detroit in January 2009, Audi expects to introduce the new RS4.
In 2012 Audi will unveil the third generation RS6. This indeed will be sold on the US market and will be powered by a 5.0-liter V10 engine. RS6 project manager Jens Koch called the third-generation model "revolutionary" and said it will be "far more RennSport than anything previously developed."
The October issue of the Car Magazine will feature a very interesting article of the 2010 Audi RS5, a model that will be a serious competitor to the BMW M3.
The RS5 will be powered by the same twin-turbo V10 engine from the RS6 with output around 580 hp.
The engine will be mated to Audi’s latest 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission (a.k.a. DSG). The new RS cars will also benefit from Audi Drive Select (ADS) - controlling suspension, steering weight and ratio, throttle mapping, and shift points on S-tronic models.