The Audi A5 has always been handsome. Rather than being pretty, it has a more masculine look, like something that Jon Hamm would probably drive. The best way to make a great-looking car better is to give it more power, which Audi gladly did with the S5 . More is never enough though, so Audi cranked the performance up even more on the RS5 .
For some buyers, the RS5 was fine, but others still needed more performance. With no RS5 Plus in the pipeline, those owners are are forced to turn to tuning companies. One such company to offer a performance tune for the RS5 is Senner Tuning out of Germany. Offering more than a 50-horsepower bump over the stock RS5, as well as a suspension tune, a new exhaust, new wheels, and an appearance package, there’s no mistaking the Senner Tuning RS5 something that’s far from run-of-the-mill.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi RS5 Coupe by Senner Tuning.
Audi RS5 Coupe by Senner Tuning in detail
While the stock RS5 Coupe makes a very healthy 450 horsepower, the RS5 Coupe by Senner Tuning makes an even better 504 horsepower. An increase in 54 horsepower doesn’t just come from an ECU tune though. Senner has modified the intake and included a custom, in-house sports exhaust as well. Devel oping the new exhaust themselves, Senner was able to include separate traveling, race, and sports settings that can be accessed via Audi’s MMI interface, allowing the driver to decide exactly how loud the exhaust should be.
The suspension gets a set of Bilstein coilovers that improve handling and allow the driver to independently adjust both push and pull dampening. Finally, a set of 20-inch, three-piece Competec wheels are included at all four corners in high-gloss black.
Matching the gloss black wheels are gloss black exhaust tips, as well as a black rear spoiler and grille. All the chrome trim, including the four-ring Audi badge, is also black. To complete the visual changes, Senner added "signal yellow" strips to the front spoiler and rear diffuser, and they painted the brake calipers to match. Signal Sellow Senner graphics are also included in front of the rear wheels.
While the extra 54 horsepower is much appreciated, and the adjustable exhaust is a nice touch, the overall package seems a bit too "loud" for an Audi.
Senner Tuning says pricing should be right around €23,550.
Introduced in 2010 and updated in 2012, the RS5 is Audi’s ultra-high performance version of its A5 coupe. Based on the MLP platform that the A6 is built on, the A5 is actually three inches shorter than the A4. Available only with Audi’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TFSI engine, the A5 makes 220 horspower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
To bring the performance of the A5 up to proper RS levels, Audi shoehorned its 4.2-liter, V-8, FSI engine into the RS5. The larger engine more than doubled the A5’s horsepower, producing 450 horsepower, as well as 417 pound-feet of torque. All that power is routed through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and transferred to the ground with the help of Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. With the power being sent to all four wheels, a run from 0 to 60 mph can be done in 4.5 seconds, and with a long enough straightaway to keep going on, the RS5 Coupe will top out at 174 mph.
For reference, the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe will top out at the same 174 mph, but opting for the dual-clutch transmission will cut its 0 to 60 time down to 3.9 seconds. Pricing for the RS5 Coupe starts at $69,600, while the RS5 Convertible starts at $77,900, making them both several thousand dollars more expensive than their BMW M4 competition at a respective $64,200 and $72,500.
Gallery Audi RS5
For more than a century, Daytona has been the motor sports Mecca of the USA. The famous long-distance classic, the 24 hours of Daytona, the NASCAR race in the pasta pot and the legendary stories about the early days of stock car sports in the times of the prohibition are located there. When the production, sale and shipping of alcoholic beverages for human enjoyment was prohibited, pilots smuggled the illegal substance across the USA in their tuned vehicles. At the same time, these hobby pilots liked to meet at Daytona beach at night for forbidden raves. Bill France Sr. was the first one who held a race on a blocked area of Daytona Beach in 1938. The winner would receive a box of cigars or a bottle of good whiskey. This first race led to the most successful racing series in the world after World War II: NASCAR – National Association of Stock Car Racing.
The Audi RS5 Coupé presented here, converted by Senner Tuning, would be loved by the fans in Daytona as well. Why? Because its cowl hides a classic booming V8-motor with a displacement of 4.2 litres and 450 serial PS. The Americans would like to double these last two parameters: a displacement of 4.2 litres looks more like small-car stuff to the sports car owners there! Still: even without increasing displacement, Senner Tuning’s revision of the motor software and the open sports air filter inserts increased the power. All in all, 504 horse power and a maximum torque of 478 Nm are now pulling on the drive shafts of the RS5 – painted in the Audi colour "Daytona grey". To permit perfect conversion of output into drive, the tuners from Ingelheim gave the RS5 a Bilstein B16 PSS10-overcoil suspension in which the push and pull stage dampening can be adjusted separately. At the same time, the DRC- & RC function of the serial undercarriage was deactivated when the new one was installed. At the four ends of the sports undercarriage, fine Competec C.01 three-part wheels are turning on star hubs and outer rim beds made in high-gloss black. The front has a 9.5x20 size with a bed of 2.5 inches and the rear a 10.5x20 size with a bed of 3.5 inches. These rim formats fill the wheel arches of the RS5 coupé perfectly. By the way, the wheels were covered with Continental Sport Contact 5P-tyres in the 255/30R20 and 295/25R20 formats.
The exhaust is treated by the in-house sports exhaust system with pre-muffler and backpressure-optimised flap control. Three different modes are available: travelling, sports and racing. The individual modes can even be called on the MMI-display in the cockpit. The serial chrome end pipe covers were replaced against glossy black pendants at Senner Tuning.
The coupé’s car body was also modified slightly, including signal yellow car body additions, chrome edgings covered in glossy black film around the widows and side mirrors painted black. The rear spoiler and the Audi rings at the front and rear are now black as well. Finally, the black grille from the optional Audi appearance package is noticeable. Senner Tuning indicates the price for conversion of this exclusive RS5 coupé to be at approx. 23,550.00 Euro.