The 2013 Audi RS5 makes its US debut this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, following its release at the IAA 2011 in September.

The RS5 features a high-revving 4.2 liter V8 with 450 horsepower and a seven-speed S tronic transmission with launch control program. The 4.2 FSI delivers 450 horsepower at 8,250rpm and between 4,000 and 6,000rpm, and transmits a maximum of 317lb-ft of torque. The engine propels the RS5 on to an electronically-governed top speed of 174mph.

A brand new self-locking center crown-gear differential debuts in this RS5 Facelift. The differential is compact and lightweight, and attains a high efficiency ratio. Thanks to its package of plates, 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. The sport differential at the rear axle is standard. The RS5 chassis exhibits a sporty configuration and renders the body 0.8 inches lower than that of the Audi A5. The 19 inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/35 tires are standard with a ten-spoke forged design. The RS5 optionally comes with 20 inch wheels and 275/30 tires.

Pricing is unknown at this stage, also the limited number of cars coming to the States has not been communicated yet. The sports car will land Stateside somewhere in the Spring.

Audi RS5 Facelift

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