Slinky Audi coupe

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

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.

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