UK: 2012 Audi RS5 facelift price: £58,725 OTR image

Audi UK has announced that the more imposing, more efficient and more extensively equipped 2012 RS5 can be ordered now at an OTR price of £58,725, and will reach its first British customers in April.

The new 2012 Audi RS5 coupé follows the recent release of the archetypal fast estate, the Audi RS4 Avant, and inherits much of the technology seen in the latest iteration of the German firm’s warp speed family carrier.

Visually the facelifted RS5 comes with a revised single frame grille design, sharper and more pronounced bonnet contours, new ‘solid band’ wraparound LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, new look front and rear bumpers and a new ’10-spoke’ design for the 19-inch alloy wheels.

The interior gains a host of equipment as standard – including Bluetooth, cruise control, DVD satellite-navigation and iPod connectivity, while radar-activated cruise control is a no-cost optional upgrade. Further changes include a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and detail improvements to the dashboard switchgear.

The cracking 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 delivers 444bhp at an astonishing 8,250rpm and peak torque of 317lb/ft between 4,000 and 6,000rpm. That translates to a 0-62mph of 4.5 seconds and a limited 155mph, although you can opt to have the limiter removed, in which case the RS5 will hit 174mph.

But 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.