The new second-generation RS 5 Coupé, which made its official public debut at the recent Geneva motor show, completes Audi’s renewal of its new A5 range and will aim to take on the likes of the BMW M4 when it goes on sale this summer.
With a length of 4,723 mm, the all-new RS 5 Coupé grows 74 mm longer than the previous model.
Styling details include large air inlets with the honeycomb structure typical of RS models at the front end, while the ‘Singleframe’ radiator grille is much wider and flatter than in the base model.
Next to the headlights are additional lateral air intakes and outlets; tinted bezels differentiate the optional Matrix LED headlights. Quattro blisters on the flanks emphasise the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 mm.
Further sporty accents are provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and surface-mounted spoiler lip. The car rolls standard on 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option.
On the inside there are RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims and the selector lever. Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit also provide information on tyre pressure, torque and g-forces.
Underneath, powered by a 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine co-developed by Audi with Volkswagen Group sister-brand Porsche, the all-wheel-drive car produces 444 bhp and a peak torque of 442.5 lb-ft, which is 125.4 lb-ft more than the previous model. Zero to 62 mph is claimed to take just 3.9 seconds, while top speed is listed at 174 mph.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox.