Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH wants to give the performance arm more muscle and character in its product range and has chosen models falling under the RS badging as the starting point for the new chapter. The 2017 new Audi RS5 Coupe is the first Audi Sport model in the new RS design language that was showcased at Geneva along with other models. As a candidate for demonstration, the RS5 is a sensible choice as it has always been seen as brute among Audi coupes. The latest version from Audi Sport maintains that image and adds more to the drama with its length of 4,723mm, the new Audi RS5 Coupe is 74mm longer than the model it replaces.
The designers drew inspiration for the RS5 Coupe from the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO racer and hence the car looks beefier and more aggressive with its detailing which include bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15mm. Huge air inlets with the honeycomb structure are typical of RS models also adorns front end. The single frame radiator grille is wider and flatter, and next to the headlamps are extra lateral air intakes and outlets. Tinted bezels differentiate the optional Matrix LED headlamps.
Inside, there are lot of luxury appointments like an Alcantara sport steering wheel, RS badges and black leather interiors with red stitching. The RS5 also gets Audi’s super high-tech Virtual Cockpit that offers driver readouts on tyre-pressure, torque and G-forces among other useful information.
For this car, Audi’s optional MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes the hardware module Audi connect. Occupants can go online with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot option and smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu.
Under the bonnet, the car borrows the all-new 2.9-litre TFSI V6 from the Porsche Panamera, but the similarities just end there. In the Audi, the engine benefits from additional tweaks and hence is more powerful and quicker than the Porsche. The twin turbocharged engine produces 450hp and 600Nm [+170 Nm compared to previous model] of torque and standard quattro all-wheel drive distributes the power to all four wheels which is rear biased with 40:60 split with the help of the car’s eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimised shift times. Also available will be a rear sport differential for optimal traction says Audi.
The state of tune ensures power is available across a wide band from 1,900rpm to 5,000 rpm. The top model in the A5 family can sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 secs and with the optional dynamic package reaches a top speed of 280 km/h.
The new RS5 Coupe tips the scales at 1,655kg which means it is 60kg lighter than before.
Suspension has also been revised with an updated five-links on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. Audi Sport also offers the RS 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.
The car rides on 19in wheels, with 20in wheels available as an option. Besides these, there are appearance packages too which include gloss black, carbon and matte aluminium trim and carbon fibre roof as an option.