The second generation Audi RS5 has been spotted testing in Germany. The new coupe will be one of three new RS models leaving the Ingolstadt factory in 2017 sharing the new 2.9-litre V6, ahead of the new RS4 and RS Q5 models.
These images, courtesy of Autoevolution, show more production-ready parts fitted to the body, despite the camouflage. The grille and lower air intakes remain concealed, but, wider fenders and new bumpers are in clear view.
The sleek, clean design represents evolution rather than revolution – you’ll have to squint to tell the new RS5 from the old one. Thankfully, the oval shaped dual-exit exhausts remain, assuring onlookers of the significant performance on hand.
Replacing the frenetic 4.2-litre V8 is a smaller but torquier turbocharged V6. Power is expected to be pegged around the 500hp mark with a similar helping of torque for serious in-gear shove. The more efficient unit will also be used in the next RS4 and RS Q5.
The engine already powers Porsche’s Panamera 4S in a less powerful guise, suggesting it has plenty more to give. The new RS5 will be lighter than before, shedding anywhere between 50 to 100kg thanks to new construction methods and the aforementioned smaller engine.
Like all RS cars, power will be deployed via a four-wheel-drive system for excellent all-weather performance. Rear-driven rivals including the BMW M4, Mercedes C63 AMG and Lexus RC will struggle to match the security of the RS5 when driving fast in wet conditions.
The interior is lifted from the regular A5 coupe but will get minor tweaks highlighting the RS5’s sportier character. The dashboard will feature Audi’s impressive Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch digital display. The customisable screen allows drivers to access information and apps such as the sat-nav and internet radio services.
The new RS5 will be available as a coupe with a Convertible following later on. It’s expected to be released soon after the RS4 at the 2016 Frankfurt Motorshow in September.
Audi RS5 latest news (updated June 2016)
The new Audi A5 hasn’t gone on sale yet, but excitement is already building for the launch of its bigger, and significantly faster, RS5 brother – seen here in images from autoevolution. This German super coupe will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 assisted by electric turbo technology and, as a result, could be able to dispatch a 0-62mph sprint in as little as four seconds flat.
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New Audi RS5 styling
Images of the prototype reveal little more than the presence of large alloy wheels beneath swollen arches, but we’re confident the RS5 will sport a number of key changes to help differentiate it from the standard car.
Signature Audi RS details, including flared wheel arches, a revised body kit with large air intakes, a new rear diffuser and large oval exhaust tips are all likely to be present when the final car is revealed.
New Audi RS5 interior
The A5’s fantastic interior with its sensational build quality and excellent materials will likely be carried over to the RS5, albeit with numerous RS badges and a sportier flat-bottomed steering wheel. The excellent Virtual Cockpit system – a 12.3-inch digital display that replaces traditional instruments – will probably be offered as standard.
New Audi RS5 engine and driving
The S5’s 3.0-litre petrol V6 will see service in the RS5, replacing the old model’s 4.2-litre V8. This new twin-turbo unit could produce close to 480hp thanks to electric turbocharging technology that we’ve already seen on the SQ7 SUV. This feature forces compressed cold air into the engine when you hit the accelerator to reduce the effect of turbo lag and quicken the throttle response.
Combine this impressive power output with Audi’s famous quattro four-wheel-drive system, and the potent RS5 could be capable of leaping from 0-62mph in as little as four seconds – a figure more akin to a supercar than a comfortable four-seater coupe.
New Audi RS5 price and release date
Audi hasn’t released any official details of when the RS5 will be launched, although it could make an appearance at the 2016 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September and go on sale in 2017. The new A5 is priced at approximately £4,000 more across the range than the car it replaces, so we expect the new RS5 to set you back in the region of £64,000.
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