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2020 Audi RS5 by ABT

2020 Audi RS5 by ABT

ABT has put the car on steroids and it makes 80 horses more than the stock Audi RS5

ABT Sportsline is here with yet another Audi build, this time taking the RS5 under its wings. The aftermarket company offers the car in a shiny, attention-greedy color with big 21-inch gold-finished wheels. The interior comes with a few premium add-ons, too. ABT has also upgraded the suspension setup. However, the highlight of the build is the extra oomph to make it a more powerful and quicker beast than it already is.

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2018 Audi RS5 By ABT Sportsline

2018 Audi RS5 By ABT Sportsline

Audi’s mid-size performance coupe gets a shot of extra power and improved driving dynamics

ABT Sportsline is dialing up its aftermarket upgrade for theAudi RS5 by offering an engine upgrade program that was previously exclusive only to the limited edition RS5-R package. The new power upgrade is part of a comprehensive tuning kit that also includes changes to the RS5’s aesthetics and suspension. The result is a high-performance coupé rocking carbon fiber bits with a new 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine that now produces 510 horsepower and an improved suspension that paves the way for optimized driving dynamics.

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2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

Four-door coupes are starting to flood the market, and that’s why Audi came up with the RS5 Sportback, an all-new model in the lineup and the seventh Audi Sport model, sharing a similar design with the RS7 Sportback. It got all of the typical RS cues inside and out but is powered by a 2.9-liter, Biturbo mill that is borrowed from the Porsche Panamera. It can hit 60 mph faster than a BMW 650i or Mercedes CLS500 and does so looking good in the process. Based on the RS 5 Coupe, the Sportback should command somewhere around $80,000 when it goes on sale in the second half of 2018.

Update 08/22/2018: Audi has announced pricing for the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback as well as a long list of standard options but leaves us in the dark when it comes to pricing for the RS 5 Coupe. Read the full scoop in our “Pricing” section below.

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2018 Audi RS 5 DTM

2018 Audi RS 5 DTM

In the hunt for a repeat performance

Any fan of touring car racing has undoubtedly heard of the DTM series, but for those of you out there still drawing a blank, I’ll start things off with a little background info. The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or DTM for short, is Germany’s premier touring car race series, often pitting the big three German makes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz against one another on circuits around Europe. Audi Sport had a very impressive performance during the 2017 season, snagging a slew of titles and achieving its “most successful results of all time,” according to the team. However, the 2018 season is now upon us, and with it, a variety of regulation changes shake up the competitive landscape. So, how did Audi adapt to the revisions compared to Merc and BMW? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi RS 5 DTM.

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2018 Audi RS5

2018 Audi RS5

The RS5 snarls at the competition

The second-generation Audi A5 was introduced in June of 2016 as a 2017 model with a fresh look and updated technology. As the cards usually play over at Audi, it didn’t take long for the brand to finish updating the high-performance RS5, and we got to see it in all its glory at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. It boasts an all-new look that is more aggressive than ever with more defined lines, wider flaring of the fenders and rear quarters, updated technology, new materials inside, and – more important to most – an all new 2.9-liter, Biturbo, V-6 that delivers a cool 450 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of payment decimating torque that’s sure to make your inner manhood squeal like a little girl on Christmas. Of course, that’s the same horsepower figure of the outgoing model, but a serious increase of torque to the tune of 125.5 pound-feet.

So, what does all that mean for performance? Well, the new RS5 can hit the 62 mph sprint in as little as 3.9 seconds – an improvement of 0.3 seconds over the outgoing model – and it breaks even in top speed at 174 mph. That’s not bad, but if you want to feel upset about no increase in horsepower, you might want to take into consideration that this RS5 has a much smaller engine compared to the 4.2-liter V-8 that was found in the last-gen model. But, the RS5 really is about more than just engine specs and performance numbers, so let’s dive on in and take a look at the whole picture before this bad boy makes it into dealer showrooms later this year.

Update 03/12/2018: Audi has decided to sell the RS5 in the United States, and it has a significantly lower price than expected. Check out the details in the “Pricing” section below.

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2017 Audi RS5 Coupe RS500 By Manhart Racing

2017 Audi RS5 Coupe RS500 By Manhart Racing

Turn the tables on other mid-size performance coupes with Manhart’s latest tuning kit

Manhart Racing is known for creating some incredible tuning programs in the past, most recently turning the BMW M5 into an 800-horsepower powerhouse. Now the German tuner is turning its sights on the Audi RS5 with a new program that packs plenty of aftermarket punch. Ok, maybe it’s not as potent as the M5’s kit, but it’s still good enough to bring some extra level of excitement to Audi’s resident mid-size performance coupe.

In keeping with Manhart Racing’s tradition, the aptly named RS500 tuning program is packing the load with power and performance bits. It also features a number of handy visual upgrades in case you’re in the mood to turn your RS5s into something that looks right at home in the Fast and Furious franchise. But enough of the small talk. The RS500 program is largely tied into the objective of giving the Audi RS5 more than what it’s capable of. It’s about giving the RS5 the chance to maximize its potential as a performance car. It’s about turning the spotlight to arguably one of the most underrated performance cars in the market today. Give it some cosmetic upgrades, slap on a few engine upgrades, and dial up the suspension work. That’s the name of Manhart Racing’s RS500 tuning game and the results, well, they certainly speak for themselves. So if any of you own an Audi RS5 and you’re looking to give it an aftermarket touch, you’re going to need to take a long and hard look at what Manhart Racing has on the table.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 RS500 by Manhart Racing.

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2018 Audi RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions

2018 Audi RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions

Lighter and leaner performance models are always good recipes for an improved driving experience

In a day and age where “special edition” models can mean just about anything under the sun, Audi has found a nifty trick to kill two birds with one stone by offering special edition models for the Audi RS4 Avant and the Audi RS5 Coupe. Officially, both models are have been designated as Carbon Editions, a nod to the smattering of carbon bits they received that help make them lighter and a bit more fun to drive on the open road.

The lightweight blueprint is a tried-and-tested one, and many automakers have taken that approach to squeeze out every ounce of improved performance they can out of their cars without having to pump more power out of the engines. Audi’s approach with the RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions is similar by the sheer number of carbon fiber reinforced polymer add-ons both models received. The goal of replacing the standard parts with CFRP counterparts is to make both cars lighter, which is exactly what Audi accomplished. The RS4, for example, is now 80 kilos (176 pounds) lighter than its standard counterpart whereas the RS5 slashes 60 kilos (132 pounds) from its original weight. Does the weight loss spell massive improvements in performance? Not quite. But don’t think that these are “standard” RS4s and RS5s either. If anything, these two new special editions should be lighter on their feet, and we know what that equates to in the end.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe Carbon Editions.

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2018 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

2018 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

No top for sun and a speed dose for fun

Back in 2007, Audi made its return to the high-end compact coupe segment with the A5, offering a hardtop, cabriolet, and four-door “Sportback” bodystyle. Bearing many similarities to the A4 sedan, the A5 stood apart thanks to its significantly sportier feel, making it a prime candidate for a go-faster S5 variant. But as Audi’s chief rivals upped the ante with ever-increasing performance levels, the Four Ring brand was compelled to create the top dog RS5. Boasting more aggressive styling, snappier suspension, and of course, more power, the RS5 had all the trimmings to meet its AMG and M division challengers. Initially offered as a coupe, the RS5 went topless in 2012 following a mid-cycle facelift, hitting U.S. dealers in April of 2013. Unfortunately, production ended in 2015, but now, a next-gen RS5 Cabriolet looks like it’s just over the horizon. Official details are still forthcoming, but we’re expecting a massaged exterior, new interior tech, and a turbo V-6.

While nothing at this point is official, the new RS5 Cabriolet is expected to drop cover after a reveal of the next-gen RS5 Coupe, which was recently spotted testing following the debut of the new A5 and S5.

Audi aficionados with a penchant for adrenaline-boosted open-air motoring have no doubt been clamoring to catch a glimpse of the new model, but without anything official to go on, we drew up a rendering, did a little digging, and came up with the following speculative review. Read on for the details.

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2015 Audi RS 5 Coupe Sport Edition

2015 Audi RS 5 Coupe Sport Edition

The Audi RS 5 burst into the scene back in 2010 when Audi decided that a high-powered sports coupe would be a worthy addition to the A5 family. The decision turned out to be a stroke of fortuitous timing for Audi as the voluminous sales of the R8 supercar created a demand for a cheaper sports-car alternatives from Audi. Since its arrival, the RS 5 has held its own in its segment, even though it probably needs to get a decent-sized update soon. But instead of taking that route, Audi’s been content with keeping the sports coupe’s original guts intact.

The RS 5 is still good enough to be a legitimate sports prowler in the market, and with models like the 75-unit RS 5 Sport Edition, we can still see the sports coupe as a legitimate option in its segment. But with new models like the BMW M4 and to a lesser extent, the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG, there’s going to be a time when Audi will have to roll out a new RS 5.

Until then, special-edition models like the Sport Edition can probably still hold down the fort.

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2014 Audi RS5-R by ABT Sportsline

2014 Audi RS5-R by ABT Sportsline

ABT Sportsline isn’t bashful about admitting its expertise in developing aftermarket programs for Audi vehicles. It’s actually quite proud of it; often touting itself as the biggest tuner of Audis in the world. That distinction didn’t happen overnight; it took a long time and it was certainly well-earned. If you’re still not believer, then you might want to take a look at the German tuner’s latest Audi program for the RS5.

The RS5 is, by all accounts, the closest thing to a performance powerhouse Audi has aside from the R8. At the very least, the RS5 is the most extreme four-seat sports car Audi has in its cupboard. It’s really the ideal car for ABT Sportsline, and the German tuner certainly didn’t disappoint.

ABT Sportsline’s new program for the RS5 is as comprehensive as it gets. It’s got cosmetic tweaks, aerodynamic upgrades, and performance modifications. The German tuner even threw in a new set of “black magic” wheels for good measure.

Now I’m not an authority in wheels, but something about that “black magic” name makes for a more interesting, if not a little intimidating aftermarket program. Leave it to ABT Sportsline to do just that.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS5-R By ABT Sportsline.

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2014 Audi RS5 Coupe by Senner Tuning

2014 Audi RS5 Coupe by Senner Tuning

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.

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2014 Audi RS 5 TDI Concept

2014 Audi RS 5 TDI Concept

It’s been 25 years since Audi launched its TDI engine, and the Germans are celebrating the milestone by introducing a diesel-powered Audi RS5. Just a concept vehicle for now, the RS5 had its regular V-8 engine replaced by an oil-burning 3.0-liter TDI that features the company’s new electric turbo unit.

What’s so special about that, you may ask? Well, is appears that Audi somehow managed to enable its electric turbo to provide maximum torque from just 1,250 rpm. The unit basically ensures there’s no turbo lag until the regular turbos kick in at 3,000 rpm, turning the RS5 TDI Concept into a major breakthrough.

With that pesky turbo lag out of the way, the diesel RS5 is quite a performer too, needing only four seconds to accelerate from naught to 62 mph. Of course, that wouldn’t be possible without help from the 385 ponies and the 553 pound-feet of torque under the hood. Needless to say, the RS5 TDI is the fastest six-cylinder diesel vehicle ever developed within the Volkswagen Group.

But will this concept vehicle make it in to production to become the company’s first diesel RS? Unfortunately, Audi has yet to make a statement on that, but we have a hunch this new electric turbo technology will become more than just an experiment. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the RS5 TDI hop on the assembly line over the next couple of years, but, if that doesn’t happen, the electric turbo will find its way into other production cars.

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2014 Audi RS5 Convertible By ABT Sportsline

2014 Audi RS5 Convertible By ABT Sportsline

Summer is still more than a month away, but the folks over at ABT Sportsline are gearing up for the hot season with an equally hot convertible based on the 2014 Audi RS5.

However, unlike the RS7 the company started offering last year with up to 700 horsepower on tap, the RS5 in question comes with no powertrain updates whatsoever. This means customers will have to settle for the 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque delivered by the 4.2-liter V-8 or look into other Abt Sportsline options.

Don’t be too disappointed though, having more than 500 horsepower in a convertible isn’t always pleasant. And, truth be told, there are plenty of options out there wearing either BMW or Mercedes-Benz badges.

Anyway, ABT’s RS5 isn’t exactly bone stock, as it comes fitted with a stainless-steel muffler system that includes both a mid and a rear muffler. The end result is a throatier and more aggressive V-8 exhaust note that will let everybody know this isn’t a regular RS5. You can also opt to remove the speed limiter on your RS5 from ABT, bumping the top speed to 180 mph from the stock 174 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 Convertible By ABT Sportsline.

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2014 Audi RS 5 DTM

2014 Audi RS 5 DTM

Although its domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans already spans over 14 years, Audi has been struggling to win the manufacturers’ title in the German-based DTM racing series for a couple of seasons now.

Audi clinched the drivers’ championship five times the past seven seasons, but since BMW returned to DTM in 2012, Ingolstadt has yet to triumph in the constructor’s category. With the 2014 season opener just a month away, the Germans have unleashed the updated RS5 DTM racer that will take on both BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Improving an already-successful track car is not an easy task, especially given DTM’s strict regulations, so Audi had to focus on redesigning the vehicle’s aerodynamic package. In other words, it’s all in the little details, especially those that are basically invisible from the outside.

But aside from these performance-enhancing updates, Audi also opted to add some production parts from the road-going 2014 RS5, such as the honeycomb front grille and air ducts for the engine and the braking system, to its DTM race car.

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2013 Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR

2013 Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR

The Audi RS V-8 engine is a dreamboat. But is that stock Audi RS5’s 4.2-liter V-8 engine with 450 enough to keep pace with twin-turbo BMW’s and Mercedes-Benz super-coupes?

Many auto-bahn drivers would agree that a car like this can do much better than what Audi is offering from factory.

The German tuner McChip-DKR decided the RS5 can be further improved and is offering a tuning kit for pretty much every taste out there. In fact the new kit is offered in three different stages, so you can get the RS5 to the power level you will like - or your wallet will allow.

In stage 1 the V-8’s output was increased up to 550 horsepower, but if you need more you can also opt for a stage 3 of upgrades that will take the final output to an even cooler 600 horsepower. The only problem is that the kit is a little bit expensive and you can pay up to $36,500 for it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR.

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2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

The gifts just keep coming from Audi’s quattro performance tuning division: stunning first official images of the brand-new 2014 RS5 Cabriolet, which will be coming to American Audi dealers later this fall.

Joining the R8 and the new RS7, the RS5 Cabriolet brings enough horsepower and visual aggression to break glass with just one stare. Yes, the Audi’s LEDs are not exactly the friendly smile worn by many cars in traffic. The metallic honeycomb grille is gigantic and looks capable of ingesting a whole family of birds at its 174 mph top speed.

The atmospheric V-8 produces 450 horsepower, with an optional sports exhaust and Black Optics package hiding the twin coffee-can oval exhaust outlets under the diffuser panel. These cans are so large that they define the lower rear graphic of the RS5, and look really incredible with the sharp bumper corners up top. Dark wheels bring standard steel discs with an interesting fluted edge design, but carbon ceramic brakes are available for ultimate autobahn stopping power.

Any tradeoff versus the RS5 coupe yet? Wind in your hair, Audi’s classic aluminum brightwork on the windshield surround, and a flat soft-top all seem better than the coupe. Seating for four is also possible in the RS5 Cab, which loses only 2 cubic-feet of luggage room with the top down.

A $10,000 premium sees RS5 Cab base prices at $78,000, but the optional comfort seats with heat and ventilation look ideal for this beach bruiser, so budget about $85,000 in total for the Black Optics upgrades as well.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet, the hottest four-seat Audi drop-top ever made.

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2014 Audi RS5

2014 Audi RS5

The all-conquering Audi RS5 storms into 2014 with a few detail tweaks that enhance what is already the most extreme four-seat performance car the brand makes. The car packs some changes to the honeycomb grille’s color options and a handful of other refinements like redesigned LED optics out back and adaptive cruise inside.

The RS5 is so hardcore macho that it makes the R8 4.2 seem like a posh cruiser. The engine literally thunder-claps up its rev range in seconds with a bassy baritone from the front and a bellowing growl from the giant exhaust out back.

Audi’s two layers of performance upgrades mean that RS5 can be laser focused on delivering crushing acceleration and track performance at the expense of touring comfort. The increase in drama from the Audi S5 to the RS5 is akin to the C63 AMG versus the C63 AMG Black Series.

Next summer’s new M4 coupe will likely pack all the visual drama and matte paint options of the latest M6 GranCoupe and possibly even run a tri-turbo six-cylinder engine design for the first time. So, the RS6 may find itself fending off a new competitor in about a year’s time.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi RS5 coupe with highlights on cool performance options and the new-for-2014 features.

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