Audi, as you can see here, has always been one of the pack leaders when it comes to cars of quality and stature, and now helping the German giant reaffirm that position is the all-new RS 5 Coupé that made its world debut at the 87th annual Geneva Motor Show.
Boasting a brand new V6 biturbo TFSI engine, a lighter overall weight and a healthy hike in torque, the latest model to demonstrate 'Vorsprung durch Technik' is, according to Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, "the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport. The high-performance Coupé combines elegant aesthetics with high everyday usability."
The RS 5 Coupé is the first car to feature Audi's new RS design idiom that is currently being introduced to the Audi Sport range, taking inspiration from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO.
Massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure typical of RS models highlight the front end of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé, alongside a wider and flatter Singleframe radiator grille, additional lateral air intakes and outlets next to the headlights, optional Matrix LED headlights, and quattro blisters on the flanks to emphasise the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches.
Add in an RS-specific diffuser insert, oval exhaust tailpipes, surface-mounted spoiler lip, and standard 19" wheels (20" available as an option), and you have a car that will attract more than just an admiring glance, whatever colour you choose from gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium.
One thing you know that you will get from an Audi is a mighty punch when it comes to power, and the new RS 5 Coupé is no different. The car’s all-new 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine produces 450PS and delivers 600 Nm of torque, more than the previous model, and can sprint from 0 to 62mph in 3.9 seconds (with the top model) up to a top speed of 174mph when using the optional dynamic package. The new engine is capable of up to 32.5mpg combined, with emissions of 197 grams CO2 per km – 17% more efficient than before - and the lighter weight of the car is also a great help.
Positioned centrally between the cylinder banks of the 2.9 TFSI unit are two turbochargers designed for immediate and explosive response, and the B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection combines with a longer power stroke to allow for more efficient combustion and increased engine efficiency.
The V6 biturbo engine also features a dynamically-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, an updated five-link construction on the front axle with a five-link suspension in the rear, and the option of RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning.
The interior of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is extremely upscale and lavishly appointed, and very black with touches of red, with RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims and the selector lever, RS sport seats with optional diamond stitching in Fine Nappa leather, and a flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel combining to give a quality character to the cabin of the high-performance coupe.
Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit provide information on tyre pressure, torque and g-forces, with a shift light prompting the driver to upshift upon reaching the rev limit, and infotainment is not only available but comprehensive. Optional MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes Audi connect; passengers can go online with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot option; Apple Car Play and Android Auto; and natural language voice control, free text search and a multifunction steering wheel all add to the RS 5 driving experience.
Along with all this, a touchpad in the centre console is used to zoom, scroll and enter characters, a head-up display, and as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency.