It’s a sad day for V8 enthusiasts when forced-induction replaces that atmo V8 sound, but it’s not all doom and gloom.
As is what seems to be the case with the latest offering from Audi’s RS range, the RS5 Coupé. Replacing the outgoing 4.2L V8 is a new, 2.9L BiTurbo V6. It still produces 331kW, but instead of the rather low figure of 430Nm, the two turbochargers spit 600Nm of tyre tearing fury into the driveshafts.
Kicking in from just 1,900rpm, the torque sticks all the way to 5,000rpm, rocketing you from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and onwards to 280km/h. So, like I said, not all doom and gloom.
The tech-heads in the Audi skunkworks have been hard at work, building the new RS5 from the ground up. The two turbo’s are nestled between the cylinder banks, allowing for better airflow into the combustion chambers.
It has an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox that has been tuned for sportiness and features optimised shift times to the Quattro all-wheel drive system. It has a 40:60 weight distribution and you can option a rear-sport differential.
If you choose to believe this, the RS5 Coupé consumes just 8.7L/100km on the combined cycle , partially thanks to the 60kg weight loss over its predecessor.
The designers drew inspiration for the RS 5 Coupé from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure characterise the front end. 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 millimetres.
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 standard on 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option. The appearance packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium – provide even more customisation options.
With a length of 4,723 millimetres, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is 74 millimetres longer than the previous model.
The suspension has been setup with Dynamic Ride control. You get ceramic brakes and dynamic tuned steering.
Inside, you’re comforted by Nappa leather and a virtual cockpit that shows everything from your speed, to you g-force and even the torque you are using. You will be prompted when to shift up gears thanks to a shift light, so it’s just like you’re in a real racecar.
Whilst full details are yet to be released, the new RS5 Coupé looks set to be a real winner. But even if it isn’t, it sure as hell looks the part.
The RS5 Coupé will be on sale later this year with full details including price and specifications to be announced closer to launch.