Audi’s RS models represent the pinnacle of performance.
The all-new RS 5 Coupe is not only a screamer but a looker into the bargain, with its long bonnet and short rump.
The all-new model is the first of the RS models to sit on the new MLBevo platform and is up to 60kg lighter than before.
Together with a new suspension layout it promises even better handling.
The all-new 2.9-litre TFSI V6 biturbo engine promises a lot too, with 331kW of power and 600Nm of torque, up 170Nm and available from 1900 to 5000 revs.
The dash from 0 to 100km/h takes just 3.9 seconds.
You get all this and fuel consumption rated at 8.8L/100km – 16 percent better than before.
Power from the V6 is fed to all four wheels through a an eight-speed tiptronic tranny with optimised shift times.
Under normal conditions, torque is distributed asymmetrically – 40:60 to the front and rear axles.
However, during dynamic driving, up to 85 percent of the engine’s torque can be directed to the rear wheels.
The sport differential actively transfers torque to the rear wheel with most traction, for better corner grip.
Designers drew inspiration for the RS 5 Coupé from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO.
Massive honeycomb air inlets characterise the front end, that has a much wider flatter singleframe radiator grille.
Next to the headlights are additional lateral air intakes and outlets. quattro blisters on the guards emphasise pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15mm.
Sporty accents are provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and surface-mounted spoiler lip.
The RS 5 Coupé rolls on 20-inch wheels, available in a variety of designs.
Appearance packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium – provide further customisation, with Sonoma metallic green exclusive to this model.
The all-new Audi RS 5 Coupe is on-sale now priced from $156,000.