M3 rival on sale October from £57,480, with 444bhp V8
3 March 2010

Audi's RS5, which has been revealed at today's Geneva motor show, will cost from £57,480 in the UK when sales start in October.

The new coupe gets a reworked version 4.2 V8 engine from the R8, but with an extra 30bhp to take full power to 444bhp. It revs higher, too, and you’ll need to reach the 8250rpm redline to get the full power delivery, while the 318lb ft of torque comes at 4000rpm.

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That gives the RS5 a 0-62mph time of 4.6sec and the standard limited top speed of 155mph. But Audi will raise the limit to 174mph as a special order.

The transmission is a seven-speed DSG unit, driving all four wheels. There’s a new kind of centre differential that Audi claims can direct up to 85 per cent of the torque to the rear axle or 70 per cent to the front. In normal road conditions the power split is 40:60 front to rear, and you can turn the ESP system off completely.

The whole car rides 20mm lower than a standard A5, and comes on 19-inch wheels as standard, with 20-inch rims as an option. Carbon-ceramic brakes are also optional.

As with all RS models, the RS5 gets a newly designed front splitter with bigger air intakes, and at the back there are two tailpipes on wither side of the car. There’s also a retractable spoiler built into the tailgate which rises up at over 75mph.

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22 February 2010

Looks tasty. Always thought the A5 was a bit of a looker.

22 February 2010

[quote Evo_ermine]Looks tasty. Always thought the A5 was a bit of a looker.
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It does look tasty. Lets hope it drives like the RS4 rather than the RS6. Audi have been very hit and miss with their RS models. Always fast but often without the chassis set up to go with it.

22 February 2010

So is the auto box an option or compulsory? Not everyone wants an auto. It will be a missed opportunity if they dont offer both, afterall Audi seem determined to fill every niche, it would be a shame if they missed this one.

22 February 2010

what is a Roadster????...

22 February 2010

i think the automatic gearbox is the only thing you can get on an RS5, at most an sem-automatic with "changers" in the back of the steering wheel.

As for me, i`d love a manual gear box.You can not compare driving a manual and an automatic.

22 February 2010

Looks really rather good. Looking forward to hearing what will be powering it.

22 February 2010

Convertable

22 February 2010

[quote l00ky]

i think the automatic gearbox is the only thing you can get on an RS5, at most an sem-automatic with "changers" in the back of the steering wheel.

As for me, i`d love a manual gear box.You can not compare driving a manual and an automatic.

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I thinks it's better with auto's, especially in traffic and this being a grand tourer, auto's are best for cruising, being fast is just a bonus. (back of steering wheel 'changers' are called paddles or paddle shifters)

22 February 2010

I see it redlines at 8250, guess I can't complain too much though!

As for the auto 'box, I found the A5 has a small footwell to work in, the clutch just adds to the problems. Doesn't help that I have size 10 feet and stupidly long legs in comparison to body, but even my Dad thinks the same and he's got size 7's...

Looks fabulous though, can't wait to see it on the road, hope it won't be a disappointment to drive either, by the time I'm 30 there should be some good second hand examples I think..

22 February 2010

[quote l00ky]As for me, i`d love a manual gear box.You can not compare driving a manual and an automatic.[/quote] Yeah, but wouldn't you like to left-foot brake?

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