Audi RS5 gets big turbocharged power and an angry new look

Audi RS5 gets big turbocharged power and an angry new look

0 comments 📅07 March 2017, 15:00

Terrorize has always been one of the keys to Audi’s RS 5 coupe, from the fat wheel arches to the rumbling evocative use up note to the brutal straight-line performance. That’s not going to change with the new type, but Audi is talking loudly and proudly about how the RS 5 debuts the new RS design language, partly in the yearning that people don’t labor on the disappearance of its V8 engine.

Yes, the all-new RS 5 Coupe uses the same Porsche-engineered biturbo V6 as the Porsche Panamera, and uses it to such clout that it extracts 444 horsepower and 443 pound feet of torque from its 2.9 liters of displacement. Those 443 lb-ft is a chock-a-block 125 more than the V8 could ever muster, and it’s available from 1,900 rpm to 5,000 rpm. That friendly of power is sufficient to push the RS 5 to 62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds on the way to a little 155-mph top speed (there’s an optional 174-mph limiter, too).

The all-wheel-drive Quattro RS 5 Coupe doesn’t suffer much in appearance in the switch from the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 to the force feeding of a V6, but it remains to be proven whether the seem can be as captivating.

The Porsche-sourced engine continues the current trend of “hot vee” engines, situating both of its turbochargers internal the vee-angle of the engine, and combines centrally-mounted direct fuel injectors with a small stroke to boost power and improve economy. The high-compression Miller-succession motor also lets the RS 5 Coupe pull its consumption down 17 percent to 32 miles per gallon (or 197 grams/km of CO2 emissions) on the European driving pattern. Expect US mileage numbers to be significantly lower.

The new RS 5 is also significantly lighter, pulling 132 pounds from the preceding V8-powered model’s mass, despite all the turbo plumbing, to weigh 3,649 pounds. A BMW M4-period carbon-fiber roof helps keep the weight down.

Audi feeds its newfound V6 power via an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive, with 60 percent of the prod nominally headed to the rear end. The hard-turning sport differential is an option.

Audi’s reborn RS 5 rides on five-associate suspension systems at both ends to keep suspension bits precisely unearthing and improve ride quality, while sitting 0.8 inches lower than the archetype A5 Coupe. It has the usual Audi Sport array of go-faster options for its go-fastest fa-engined coupe, including the more aggressive Dynamic Ride Control damping procedure, carbon-ceramic brakes and sharper steering ratios.

“The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the gran turismo expanse the RS models,” Audi Sport GmbH CEO Stephan Winkelmann said. “The high-dispatch Coupé combines elegant aesthetics with high everyday usability. The car’s V6 biturbo has been developed from the territory up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency,” he said.

Winkelmann claims Audi’s designers drew their enlightenment from the wild and wicked 90 quattro IMSA GTO racers that dominated US racing circuits in the shore-Group B era. At 186 inches, it’s 3 inches longer than the outgoing RS 5, with its bulging situation arches pushed out more than half an inch compared to the standard S5 Coupe’s bodyshell. It has a wider, soft-soap single-frame grille than the standard models, along with colossal air intakes for radiator and brake-system cooling. There are also tinted bezels for the LED (and unforced Matrix LED) headlights, while the car rides on 19- or 20-inch forged moderate rims and punches its emissions out of unique oval tailpipes.

Inside, the RS 5 Coupe continues the Audi Humour (nee Quattro GmbH) love affair with black and diamond stitching. It introduces new bits to the A5/S5 Coupe’s hut, including an upgrade to the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster to include feedback on torque, g-forces and take it out of pressures. It also boasts a dash-mounted shift light, which seems prolix given that it slushes through an automatic transmission. The interior delivers perennial internet connectivity via LTE and a wifi hotspot option, and links smartphones via CarPlay and Android Auto.

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