Here’s the all-new 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe – a model that is not only more powerful, but also lighter and quicker than a Porsche Panamera 4S, and arguably better looking than the outgoing model.
The parallel to the Panamera four-door coupe needs to be translated, but it’s easy to understand – they both share the same 2.9-liter biturbo engine, as seen already inside the Panamera 4S. The thing is the Audi got the better end of the deal – because it’s even more powerful now at 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts). In addition, it bests by a mile its predecessor, with 442 pound-feet (600 Newton meters) it comes with 125 lb-ft (170 Nm) more than before. This works well with the new lighter architecture, as the new RS5 Coupe has lost 132 pounds (60 kilograms), so the sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) can be resolved in 3.9 seconds, which is the same as seen on the resident four-door model with the Nürburgring lap record – the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV – while the optional dynamic package also brings the maximum speed to 174 mph (280 kph).
This kind of power requires special considerations, so there’s a dynamically-tuned, eight-speed automatic transmission, complete with the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The system comes with asymmetrically distributed power to the axles (40:60) to deliver “dynamic handling with optimal traction and the greatest possible safety.” There’s also an optional rear sport differential as well as a completely new suspension – front with updated five-link layout, and rear with five-link instead of the trapezoidal-link suspension of the past model. Audi Sport also offers Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes, and dynamic steering with RS-specific setting – and on the inside there are RS sport seats with optional diamond stitching in Fine Nappa leather, flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel, and RS logos. There are also new RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit.