In the second generation of the Audi RS5 Coupe (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 197), Audi Sport is presenting its first model to feature the current RS design idiom. Its all-new 2.9 TFSI bi-turbo engine produces 331 kW (450 hp) and delivers 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque. The standard quattro drive distributes the power to all four wheels.
“The new Audi RS5 Coupe is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport. The high-performance Coupe combines elegant aesthetics with high everyday usability. The car’s V6 bi-turbo has been developed from the ground up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, in describing the new model.
The designers drew inspiration for the Audi RS5 Coupe from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure typical of RS models characterize the front end of the car. 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 emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimeters (0.6 in). As standard, these house 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option. A sporty conclusion to the vehicle is provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and a surface-mounted spoiler lip. With a length of 4,723 millimeters (185.9 in), the new Audi RS5 Coupe is 74 millimeters (2.9 in) longer than the previous model.
The 2.9 TFSI V6 bi-turbo engine, which Audi developed from the ground up, offers sharp increases in power and efficiency as well as an incomparably full-bodied RS sound. It delivers 331 kW (450 hp). And it’s peak torque of 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) – 170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft) more than the previous model – is available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The top model in the A5 family sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) – with the optional RS dynamic package it can even reach 280 km/h (174.0 mph).
Both turbochargers of the 2.9 TFSI unit are centrally positioned inside the V of the engine and each of them supplies a single cylinder bank. The B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection represents a new level of efficiency within the RS family. In the NEDC, the V6 bi-turbo consumes just 8.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (27.0 US mpg), which corresponds to 197 grams of CO2 per kilometer (317.0 g/mi). This is an efficiency gain of 17 percent over the previous model. Also beneficial for the new RS5 Coupe is a drastic reduction in weight. The vehicle weighs in at 1,655 kilograms (3,648.7 lb) – 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) less than previously. A carbon roof with visible fiber structure is also available as an option.
The bi-turbo’s power flows through a sportily-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimized shift times and on to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive which features a self-locking central differential. The drive forces are asymmetrically distributed between the axles in the ratio of 40:60. Dynamic handling with optimum traction and the best-possible levels of safety are thus guaranteed. Audi Sport also offers an optional rear sport differential.
A revised five-link construction is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. This benefits the sporty driving characteristics and agility. It also improves comfort significantly. With the standard RS sport suspension, the new Audi RS5 Coupe (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 197) sits 7 millimeters (0.3 in) lower than the base model. As an alternative, Audi Sport also offers the RS sport suspension plus 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 dynamic handling system Audi drive select.
Bathed in black, the interior is of an extremely high standard and sportily equipped. RS sport seats – optionally available in fine Nappa leather with honeycomb pattern – and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel underscore the character of the high-performance Coupe in the interior as well. The steering wheel rim bears the RS badge, as do the front seat backrests and the shift gate. Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit provide information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces. A shift light prompts the driver to upshift upon reaching the rev limit. The RS design package brings the sporty contrast color red into play on the center console as well as on the armrests, the seat belts and the floor mats with RS logo. The steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are all covered with Alcantara. The Sonoma green design package from Audi exclusive enriches the interior with appropriately colored contrasting stitching – perfect for the new, exclusive exterior color.
A comprehensive range of infotainment choices is sure to keep everyone on board entertained. Optionally available, the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes the Audi connect hardware module. This connects the new Audi RS5 Coupe to the internet using LTE technology. Thanks to the Audi connect SIM, which is permanently installed in the car, the flat-rate data package for the connect services including Europe-wide roaming is free of charge for three years. Passengers can browse the internet with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot option. The Audi smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu. Operation is easy and intuitive, thanks to natural language voice control, free text search function and the multifunction steering wheel. The touchpad in the center console can be used to zoom, scroll and enter characters. Further high-end technologies, such as the head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency. The intelligent interplay between these systems represents another step towards piloted driving.
The new high-performance Coupe is coming to dealerships in Germany and other European countries in June 2017. The base price is 80,900 euros.
Exterior design and body
– first Audi Sport model to feature the new RS design idiom
– inspired by the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO
– quattro blisters emphasize the sweeping lines over the wide wheel arches (15 mm (0.6 in) wider than the A5)
– additional air inlets/outlets at the front and rear
– even sportier Singleframe grille: wider and flatter than on the base model
– LED headlights as standard, with Matrix LED headlights optionally available with an RS-specific design (darker tint) and dynamic front and rear indicators, as well as three-dimensional LED rear lights
– gross weight lowered by as much as 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) in comparison to predecessor model
– optional carbon roof (weight reduction: -3 kilograms (-6.6 lb)
– length: 4,723 millimeters (185.9 in), +74 millimeters (2.9 in) compared with the predecessor model; wheelbase: 2,766 millimeters (108.9 in), +15 millimeters (0.6 in) compared with the predecessor model; width: 1,861 millimeters (73.3 in), +1 millimeter (0.04 in) compared with the predecessor model; height: 1,360 millimeters (53.5 in),
-6 millimeters (-0.2 in) compared with the predecessor model Engine
– all-new 2.9 TFSI bi-turbo with 331 kW (450 hp)
– 600 Nm torque (442.5 lb-ft), +170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft) compared with the predecessor model
– from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds, -0.6 seconds compared with the predecessor model
– maximum speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph), optionally 280 km/h (174.0 mph)
– sporty, direct responsiveness thanks to both turbochargers being positioned within the inside V
– enhanced efficiency: 17 percent less consumption (in comparison with the predecessor model), among other things due to the B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection – distinctive RS sound with emotive growl of the V6 TFSI
– eight-speed tiptronic specially tuned for sporty, dynamic driving
– quattro permanent all-wheel drive with self-locking center differential as standard
– electronic Stabilization Control with three modes and wheel-selective torque control
– sport differential optional
– five-link construction at the front and rear axles
– RS sport suspension with sportier setup and more direct handling as standard
– optional RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC)
– new electromechanical power steering, optional dynamic steering
– dynamic handling system Audi drive select as standard
– optional high-performance ceramic brake system with perforated 400 mm (15.7 in) disks at the front
– RS-specific elements for greater sportiness in the interior
– flawless workmanship, sophisticated materials and new colors
– four seats, generously dimensioned interior with more space:
+26 millimeters (+1.0 in) shoulder room in the front (compared with predecessor)
+23 millimeters (+0.9 in) knee room in the rear (compared with predecessor)
Infotainment and controls
– new MMI control concept with intuitive free-text search and natural language voice control
– Audi virtual cockpit with special RS screen: information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces, as well as a shift light which prompts the driver to upshift
– optional head-up display with RS-specific display
– Top infotainment system MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including Audi connect free of charge for three years, LTE transmission
– Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting mobile devices
– Audi connect SIM – Europe-wide roaming free of charge
– Audi connect safety & service with online roadside assistance, emergency call, online service request and remote functions via the Audi MMI connect app
– Audi smartphone interface for connecting Apple and Android smartphones
– Audi phone box for improved reception quality and inductive charging
– Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, 19 loudspeakers and 755 watts of power Driver assistance systems
– up to 30 assistance systems support the driver, including many as standard
– adaptive cruise control with stop&go function including traffic jam assist
– park assist
– cross traffic assist rear
– exit warning
– turn assist
– camera-based traffic sign recognition
– Audi pre sense city (standard) as well as Audi pre sense basic and rear