Development cars seen testing at the Nürburgring clearly project tone of a turbocharged V6 engine, confirming the old car's V8 has been ditched

The next-generation Audi RS5 super-coupé will use a twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant with around 500bhp, as confirmed by new video footage where a six-cylinder engine note can clearly be heard.

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The latest development cars can be seen wearing uncamouflaged production bodywork, with larger air intakes, wider arches, bigger wheels and brakes, as well as more prominent exhaust surrounds than the S5. Earlier test cars, shown in our gallery, used the body of an S5.

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Larger intakes have been added to feed the RS5’s more potent engine. Although it is still technically unconfirmed, the RS5 is expected to switch from the current, normally aspirated, 444bhp V8 to a twin-boosted V6 unit. The new footage supports this theory.

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The new engine should enable the four-wheel-drive coupé to accelerate from 0-62mph in around four seconds.

Historically, the RS5 has arrived late into the A5 model’s life cycle, but insiders say the next-gen RS5 will be launched earlier to meet growing demand.

When it arrives, the RS5 will rival BMW’s M4 and Mercedes-AMG’s C 63 Coupé. Pricing is likely to rise slightly from the current car’s £58,365, but additional technology, including the latest Audi Virtual Cockpit and driver assist systems, will be included.

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23 September 2016
Swollen arches? Really? I quite appreciate the normal Audi style of subtle flaring on the quarters for the RS, but even I can't tell this time.

23 September 2016
I hope this one will be better. Front end look odd a bit, but the rest is great.

24 September 2016
I love that curvature of the hood!

24 October 2016
It is an amazing achievement, but I am spectacularly bored of seeing images of the Nurburgring, let alone hearing of ridiculously irrelevant lap times. I am also thoroughly unconvinced of the merits of the place as a location for road car development.

25 October 2016
Will it have an orange light show for the exhaust manifold. Have they stopped the engine making a break for it via the radiator?, these cars are basically nose heavy crap, no idea why they rock up to race tracks, they don't impress me with nurburgring blah blah blah.

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