Slinky Audi coupe
ANOTHER stunning car is Audi’s new RS flagship, the RS5, unveiled at this week’s Geneva motor show.
The second-generation RS5 Coupe is highlighted by a new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that will take the fight to the likes of the BMW M4 Competition and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe.
The model, which is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms by the end of the year, is packing 600Nm – a massive 170Nm torque bump over the previous generation’s 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 – while power remains the same at 331kW.
To help achieve minimal lag and optimal airflow, the two turbochargers are mounted within the banks of the cylinders, while Audi promises greater driveability and torque available between 1900rpm and 5000rpm.
Audi’s Quattro all-wheeldrive set-up is used on the RS5 with a 40:60 front-rear torque split, and power is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Kerb weight is down 60kg over the previous model to 1655kg, resulting in a 0-100km/ h time reduction of 0.6 seconds to 3.9s and top speed is as much as 280km/h when optioned with Audi’s dynamic package.
Fuel consumption is claimed to be 8.7 litres per 100km, down from 10.5L/100km, while carbon emissions sit at 197 grams per km of CO2.
Compared with the RS5, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S can match acceleration and fuel economy, but does so with a more powerful 375kW/700Nm twin-turbo V8, while the BMW M4 Performance gets a similar 331kW/550Nm output from its twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six, but is 0.1 seconds slower to 100km/h and drinks 0.1L/100km more petrol.
Exterior changes to the RS5 include a revised bodykit with updated grille, beefy front splitter, 19-inch wheels and pumped wheel arches from and rear.
From the back, a contrasting diffuser, rear lip spoiler and oval-shaped exhaust tips are stand outs. Price is expected to be at least $160k.