The days of potent V8 machines in the A4 / A5 family are finally over. Presented at the Geneva Motor Show (9 until 19, March) Audi the strongest scion of the middle-class series, the RS5, in a new edition with six-cylinder. Despite downsizing, the sports coupe is more dynamic than ever. In June, around 81.000 Euro will be launched in Germany.
Like its predecessor with a 4,2-liter eight-cylinder, the new RS5 delivers 330 kW / 450 hp. However, the 2,9-liter biturbo V6 is significantly more muscular in terms of torque, which has risen from 430 to 600 Newton meters and is also available over a wide speed range from 1.900 to 5.000 revs. Coupled to an eight-speed automatic with short gears, the all-wheel drive, slimmed down by more than a hundredweight to 1.655 kilograms, storms to 3,9 km / h in 100 seconds. At 250 km / h, it doesn't have to stop, because Audi offers an increase to 280 for an extra charge km / h. The standard consumption is 8,7 liters. For comparison: the old RS5 needed 4,5 seconds and 10,5 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers for the sprint.
Audi has also given the new RS5 a testosterone cure. The powerful single-frame grille with black grille is flanked by large nostrils in the lower, splinter-proven front apron. In addition, small ventilation slots on the outer edges of the headlights provide a width emphasis, as do the wheel arches that are 1,5 centimeters thicker and can accommodate rims up to 20 inches (standard is 19 inches). The rear was upgraded with a diffuser insert and two large oval tailpipes in the two-pipe exhaust system.
The interior is sporty. In the RS5 there are leather-covered sports seats, a handy sports steering wheel, lots of carbon and Alcantara and plenty of red stitching. The Virtual Cockpit also offers some RS-specific displays such as stopwatch or acceleration forces. Optionally, a head-up display with shift light function and lap time display can be ordered.
The Audi RS5 with sports suspension is standard. The bolide can also be upgraded with dynamic steering, ceramic brakes and Dynamic Ride Control. The latter gives the driver the choice between the three suspension modes Comfort, Normal and Sport. (Mario Hommen / SP-X)