Audi RS5

Audi has released all details of their Audi RS5 that will be released at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show. Last saturday official photos had already been leaked of the new RS5.

The Audi RS5 Coupe will have a high-revving V8 engine producing 450hp. The specially reinforced seven-speed S-tronic and an innovative center differential in the quattro drivetrain transmit power to all four wheels. The 4.2 FSI propels the Audi RS5 Coupe that weighs 1,725 kilograms in 4.6 seconds from 0 to 100km/h and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Audi can increase that to 280km/h upon request.

The powerful eight-cylinder engine averages 10.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, which is less than its main competitors. This impressive figure is due in part to the technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform. The engine and the entire drivetrain have been optimized to minimize friction, the oil pump operates on demand, and an energy-recovery system conserves energy during coasting and braking.

Like all RS models, the RS5 also applies its power to the road with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The RS5 has a new crown-gear differential, this self-locking crown-gear center differential is compact and lightweight and attains a high efficiency ratio. The differential can widely vary the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles. If necessary, up to 70 percent can flow to the front or as much as 85 percent toward the tail end. The 40:60 ratio of the standard rear-biased configuration ensures sporty handling. This new differential operates in conjunction with electronic torque vectoring, which affects all four wheels. If one of the inside wheels becomes imbalanced while the vehicle is at its operational limits, then the system slightly decelerates the wheel to obviate wheel spin.

Audi RS5 Exterior:
With regard to the springs, shock absorbers, elastokinematics, and the anti-roll bars, the RS5 chassis exhibits a sporty configuration and renders the body 20 millimeters lower than that of the Audi A5. The 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/35 tires are standard. The RS5 optionally comes with 20-inch wheels and 275/30 tires. The brake system employs powerful and internally ventilated discs. The high-gloss black brake calipers bearing RS logos are likewise made of aluminum. Audi can optionally fit the front axle with ceramic carbon-fiber brake discs. They are extremely lightweight, strong and durable. The electronic stabilization program (ESP) integrates a sport mode and can be switched off entirely.

The tail end is dominated by two oval exhaust pipes integrated within the bumper. Like on the Audi TT-RS the Audi drive select controls the exhaust system’s two throttle valves and the sound flaps; when they open, the sound becomes even better. A large diffuser protrudes prominently upward. The spoiler in the tailgate automatically extends at a speed of 120km/h and retracts at 80km/h.

Audi RS5 Interior:
Sports seats with pronounced side sections and integrated head restraints are standard. They are electrically adjustable and feature a leather/Alcantara combination. Alternatives include bucket seats with more prominent contours and folding backrests or ventilated and luxuriously upholstered climate-controlled comfort seats. The steering wheel has a substantial rim and is covered with perforated leather. The driver information system integrates a lap timer for recording circuit times and an oil-temperature gauge.

The interior is black and the decorative inlays are made of carbon fiber. Upon request, features such as decorative inlays with a dark, stainless-steel mesh look, a black piano finish or brushed aluminum are available. Or seat upholstery featuring special leathers and colors as well as silver headlining. In addition, the Audi exclusive RS program offers options such as suede-covered controls and floor mats bearing RS5 logos.

A Carbon design package is available for the engine compartment and, for the vehicle body, there are styling packages in black or matt aluminum look. And the acoustically bold Sport exhaust system – also with a sound flap – has black tailpipe trims.

Sales of the Audi RS5 will begin in the spring of 2010 at a base price of €77,700 excluding VAT and taxes. With taxes and a few options that might easily exceed the €100,000 marker but we still want one!

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