New 331 kW Audi RS5 Coupe Shown


Audi has used the Geneva Motor Show to reveal the potent RS5 Coupe. Take a look at the details…

The new Audi RS5 Coupe is currently on display at the Geneva Motor Show and isthe first Audi Sport model to feature the new RS design idiom.

The new RS5 Coupe packs a punch with power outputs of 331 kW and 600 Nm of torque developed by its all-new 2.9-litre biturbo V6 petrol engine. Those numbers are laid to the tar using Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed tiptronic transmission. The sprint from zero to 100 kph takes 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 280 kph is possible with the optional dynamic package. Audi claims a fuel consumption figure of 8.7 L/100 km, representing an improvement of 17% over the previous model.

“The new Audi RS5 Coupé is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport. The high-performance Coupé combines elegant aesthetics with high everyday usability. The car's V6 biturbo has been developed from the ground up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency," said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH.

Key features

The design of the RS5 Coupe draws inspiration from the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO and is 77 mm longer and some 60 kg lighter than the previous model. The front-end design features large honeycomb air intakes set alongside the large single frame grille that’s wider and flatter compared with the standard base model. Lateral air intakes and outlets are seen next to the headlights and the bulging wheel arches have been widened by some 15 mm.

Additional performance addenda include an RS-specific diffuser insert, surface-mounted spoiler lip and an RS exhaust system with oval tailpipes. The RS5 Coupe rides on 19-inch wheels as standard while 20-inch wheels are offered as an option and Sonoma green metallic can be specified for the exterior.

Traction is optimised with a 40:60 drive force distribution over the axles and a rear sport differential will be offered as an option. The standard RS Sport suspension comprises an updated 5-link suspension on the front axle while the rear axle now features a 5-link suspension, replacing the previous trapezoidal-link suspension. This setup is also offered with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning.

Interior details

The sporty interior is in black with RS sports seats that can be had in optional Fine Nappa leather with diamond stitching. RS logos are seen on the seats, flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel, door sills and on the gear lever. Audi’s virtual cockpit is fitted and also features special RS displays showing tyre pressure, torque and g-forces.

MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is optional with Audi connect and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be accessed using your smartphone. Audi says, “as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency. The intelligent interplay between these systems represents another step on the road to piloted driving.”

The Audi RS5 Coupe can be expected in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2017. Also, the new A5 and S5 Coupe is launching in South Africa later this month, so look out for details coming your way soon.

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