The all-new RS 5 Coupé makes its world debut at the 87th annual Geneva Motor Show this week, featuring a brand new V6 biturbo TFSI engine, a lighter overall weight and a healthy hike in torque compared to its predecessors.
Packing a mighty punch, the car’s all-new 2.9 TFSI biturbo engine produces a total output of 450hp and delivers a maximum torque of 600Nm, up 170Nm from the previous model. This allows the RS 5 Coupé to perform a century in just 3.9 seconds and with the optional dynamic package, reaches a top speed of 280km/h.
The V6 engine’s power flows through a dynamically-tuned 8-speed tiptronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. It utilizes an asymmetric 40:60 distribution of the drive force to both axles.
According to Audi, the V6 unit consumes just 8.7-liters of fuel per 100 km, while corresponding to 197 grams CO2 per km – an efficiency gain of 17% over the previous model. Another factor in the greater efficiency of the new RS 5 Coupé is its significantly lower weight. It tips the scales at 1,655kg, 60kg less than before. A carbon roof with a visible fibre structure is available as an option.
Aside from the fact it sits much lower compared to the production model, the RS 5 Coupé also boasts a sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning. Drivers can make their personal driving experience more “Individual”, “Dynamic” or “Comfortable” using the standard Audi drive select system.
Unlike the regular Audi A5, the all-new RS 5 Coupé is characterized by its massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure, while the Singleframe radiator grille is much wider and flatter than in the base model. Distinctive quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimeters. The RS-specific diffuser insert, the RS exhaust system’s oval tailpipes and a fixed spoiler lip complete the dynamic look.
Bathed in black, the interior of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is extremely upscale and lavishly appointed. Details such as RS sport seats with optional diamond stitching in Fine Nappa leather and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel underscore the character of the high-performance coupe. RS logos adorn the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims and the selector lever.
In terms of infotainment features, there’s the optional MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi connect & LTE. Passengers can even go online with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot option, and aside from that, the Audi smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu. Other high-end technologies present in the new RS 5 Coupé include the head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance systems to enhance safety, comfort and efficiency.