Audi RS5 Facelift

Audi have updated the looks of the Audi RS5 Coupé for the 2012 model year. The car was presented tonight at the Volkswagen Group Conference before the start of tomorrows Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Audi RS5 Coupé uses a normally aspirated V8 displacing 4,163cc. It delivers 450hp at 8,250rpm, with peak torque of 430Nm available between 4,000 and 6,000rpm. It is hand-built at the plant in Györ, Hungary and each one will reach 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds.

The new facelift RS5 Coupé gets a new single-frame grille with beveled upper corners and a high-gloss, anthracite gray honeycomb structure and matte aluminum-look frame. Xenon plus headlights are standard and framed by narrow strips of LED daytime running lights. Sharper edges make the engine hood appear more aggressive and even lower and wider when viewed from the front.

Audi RS5 Facelift

At the back there are two oval exhaust pipes which are integrated into the redesigned bumper. Audi also offers a sport exhaust system as an option, with a better sound and black exhaust tip bezels. The LED rear lights are also new and feature continuous light strips. There’s a large rear diffuser, and the spoiler in the rear hatch extends automatically at 120km/h.

The visual enhancements make the RS5 Coupé 23 millimeters longer and six millimeters wider than the A5 Coupé. It sits six millimeters lower. Eight exterior colors are available, from solid, metallic and pearl effect finishes to specially pigmented crystal effect paint.

The usual level of Audi refinements are available inside. Sport seats are standard and covered in a combination of black leather and Alcantara. Audi also offers seat upholstery in Fine Nappa leather in a choice of black or lunar silver, both with rock gray piping. Bucket seats are available as well as climate-controlled comfort seats with a ventilation function. The black interior is accented with narrow chrome clasps at the switches and control elements. Inlays are available in a choice of carbon, brushed or etched aluminum, a high-gloss piano finish or a light-colored stainless steel mesh.

There’s a new leather multifunction sport steering wheel with a thick rim and a flattened lower half. A new, even easier control concept has been added as has a new ignition key and redesigned shift lever knob. The steering column stalks have also been updated. The instruments have black gages and white lettering with special scaling.

The upgrades are entirely cosmetic. We’ll have more pictures for you from the show tomorrow. Let us know what you think of the refresh though, by using the comments box below.

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