Audi is introducing the Audi RS5 Coupe. The Rs5 is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 331 kW (450 hp) connected via a seven-speed S tronic and an innovative center differential in the quattro drivetrain.
The Audi RS 5 Coupé has an athletic and muscular road stance. The single-frame grille bears a shiny anthracite-gray rhombus-pattern grid with an RS 5 badge. The grille’s frame sports a matt aluminum-look finish. Xenon plus headlights are standard; their sickle-shaped daytime running light strips of seven LEDs each in conjunction with the “wings,” the wave-like shapes in the headlight housing, are a characteristic feature of the Audi design. The bumper has been redesigned and now features a splitter edge at the bottom like on a race car. The air flows through large openings adorned with crossbars and black rhombus-pattern grids, and framed by three-dimensional, protruding edges. Two supplemental coolers support the main radiator. Eight paint colors, four different effects Audi offers a choice of eight paint colors – one solid finish, two metallic colors, four pearl-effect finishes and one crystal-effect color: Ibis White, Suzuka Gray, Monza Silver, Misano Red, Sepang Blue, Daytona Gray, Phantom Black and Panther Black. The last color is a custom blend for Audi high-performance vehicles – special pigments generate unusual effects as a function of how the light strikes the paint.
The 4.2 FSI V8 engine in the Audi RS5 Coupe puts out 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm, and the peak torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) is available- between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm-. The rev limiter kicks in at 8,500 rpm.
The specific output of the normally aspirated eight-cylinder is 108.1 hp per liter of displacement. Each hp only has to move 3.83 kilograms (8.44 lb) – the Audi RS5 Coupe weighs just 1,725 kilograms (3,803 lb). The 4.2 FSI catapults the two-door model from a standing start to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds; 200 km/h (124.27 mph) is reached after another 10.9 seconds. Top speed is an electronically governed 250 km/h (155.34 mph); Audi will raise this to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) at the customer’s request.
The Audi Rs5 V8 weighs just 216 kilograms (476.2 lb). Its crankcase is manufactured using the low-pressure die casting method, which ensures particular homogeneity. The aluminum-silicon alloy combines low weight with high strength. Its high silicon content makes the cylinder barrels extremely durable. The forged crankshaft, the forged steel connecting rods and the pistons forged from a high-strength aluminum alloy are all also extremely lightweight, yet strong.
The seven-speed S tronic is celebrating a premiere of sorts in the RS5 Coupé: This marks the first time that it will be working together with a high-revving engine – an easy assignment for the S tronic, which was designed for 9,000 rpm. Audi has made targeted modifications to certain aspects of the dual-clutch transmission, such as the oil management system and the clutches. The gear ratios have also been adjusted. Seventh gear is relatively tall to reduce consumption.
The seven-speed S tronic can be used in a number of ways. The fully automatic mode, in which the control unit determines the gearshifts, offers the D (Drive) and S (Sport) programs. The transmission management system follows the settings of the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system. If the driver changes gears using the gear selector lever or the paddles behind the steering wheel, the transmission goes into a particularly sporty mode in which it allows the engine to rev up to the limit without shifting up. If the dynamic Audi drive select mode is active, the transmission double-clutches when downshifting.
Another specialty of the seven-speed S tronic in the RS 5 Coupé is the launch control function
Equipment and trim
The concert CD radio features a card reader, an AUX-IN port, a 6.5-inch color monitor and eight speakers. The back seat backrests can be folded down. A pass-through facility with removable ski sack provides another connection to the 455 liter (16.07 cu ft) luggage compartment, whose hatch swings up automatically when unlocked.
There is also an ample package of restraint systems. It begins with three-point belts with tensioners and force limiters up front, the integral headrest system and ISOFIX mounts for child seats in the rear. Two front, side and head airbags offer good protection in the event of a crash. Side airbags are not available with the optional bucket seats.
Attractive options bring executive-class luxury to the RS5 Coupé. The adaptive light technology combines xenon plus headlights with dynamic cornering lights; the high-beam assistant changes automatically between low beam and high beam. The convenience key enables keyless access without having to unlock the car and allows pushbutton starting. The panoramic sunroof, the three-zone automatic air conditioning, tinted rear windows and the power rear window shade ensure that the climate on board is always comfortable.
Audi also has a wide range of multimedia components at its disposal. The symphony radio has a six-disc CD changer. The MMI navigation system reads its data from a DVD. It can be expanded to include a digital radio receiver, a CD changer, a Bluetooth car phone and an interface for full iPod integration – the Audi music interface.
The new Audi RS5 Coupe
- Normally aspirated V8 displacing 4,163 cc
- 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm; peak torque 430 Nm (317.15 lb ft) from 4,000 to 6,000 rpm
- Zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds; top speed increased to 280km/h (173.98mph) as an option.
- EU cycle fuel consumption 10.8 liters per 100 km (21.78 US mpg)
- Recuperation system and additional efficiency technologies standard
- Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission
- quattro with (self-locking) crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring
- Optional sport differential for variable power distribution between rear wheels
- Audi drive select driving dynamics system, optional dynamic steering
- High-performance brakes, with carbon fiber-ceramic discs available as an option
- ESP stabilization program with Sport mode, can be deactivated
- Sport suspension plus, with Dynamic Ride Control variable damping available as an option (from Q4 2010)
- Elegant coupe design with distinctive sporty accents
- Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights
- Flared wheel wells front and rear, side extensions
Interior and controls
- Exclusive interior with carbon inlays
- Power-adjustable sport seats; bucket seats with folding backrests and climate-controlled comfort seats available as options
- Specially designed instruments with lap timer and oil temperature gauge
- Optional hard drive navigation system with Bang & Olufsen sound system
Advanced driver assistance systems available
Deliveries of the Audi RS5 Coupé are scheduled to begin in the middle of the year. Prices will start at 77,700 euros.
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