The all-new Audi RS 5 Coupe has made its world debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show nearly after two years since the older modelâ€™s production was stopped. This is the first car to sport the new Audi RS design language, and Audi says that the carâ€™s designers drew inspiration from the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO.
The front of the Audi RS 5 is characterised by the massive air inlets and grille constructed with the honeycomb design structure usually seen on Audiâ€™s RS models. The RS 5 sports LED DRLs which look similar to that of the Audi TT, and available as an option will be Audiâ€™s Matrix LED headlights. Audi RS models always have had an aggressive look, which is enhanced on the new RS 5 with the large, flared wheel arches widened by 15mm.
The RS 5 comes with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, while 20-incher will be available as an option. The rear end of the car sports a typical Audi design albeit with an aggressive lower half with the diffuser unit designed to house the massive oval exhaust outlets. Also available as an option is a carbon roof with a visible fibre structure, and enhancing customisation options will be gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium packages.
The RS theme continues on the interiors of the Audi RS 5 too, as RS logos adorn the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims and the gear selector lever. Carbon-fibre inserts are found on the dashboard, door panels and centre console, and the sport seats also feature optional diamond stitching on Nappa leather. The steering wheel is a chunky, flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel. RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit provide information on tyre pressure, torque, g-forces and other vehicle settings.
The RS 5 coupe is powered by a brand-new petrol engine, which according to Audi, has been developed from the ground-up. The 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 engine produces an output of 450PS and 600Nm – 170Nm more than its predecessor. The run to 100kmph from a standstill is said to take 3.9s and top speed is claimed to be 281kmph when equipped with the optional dynamic package. An 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox transfers the power to the all-wheel drive system which is then distributed to the axles in a 40:60 ratio, with a bias towards the rear.
The RS 5 also offers the RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes, RS sport exhaust system and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning, all as optional. Weighing in at 1,655kg, the new RS 5 is 60kg lighter compared to the older RS 5, and at 4,723mm, it also measures 74mm longer than the older model.
Audi will begin to take international orders for the RS 5 from May while deliveries are expected to begin only by June. Expect the car to be launched in India sometime next year.