The new Audi RS5 will cost from £58,725 when it goes on sale in the UK in April.
Thanks to its 444bhp (at 8250rpm) V8 engine, the car will crack the sprint to 62mph in 4.5sec (down from 4.6sec) with top speed limited to 155mph; an optional de-restrictor raises its top-end by 19mph to 174mph. The V8’s 317lb ft of torque is dished out between 4000 and 6000rpm.
Despite slight improvements in performance, fuel economy has improved to 26.9mpg (previously 26.2mpg), with Co2 emissions reduced to 246g/km from the outgoing car’s 252g/km figure. New electromechanical power steering which uses no power from the alternator while in the ‘straight-ahead’ position has helped to tease economy down.
Changes to the new Audi RS5’s exterior include a revised front grille, more pronounced bonnet styling and wraparound LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights. New front and rear bumper designs complete the fresher look.
Inside the cabin, Bluetooth, cruise control (laser guided at extra cost), sat-nav and iPod connectivity come as standard.
For a £2250 premium, customers can opt for Audi’s Sport Package. It comprises 20-inch rotor design titanium-look alloys, a sports exhaust system and Audi’s dynamic ride control.