lb-ft @ 4000-6000 rpm
hp @ 8250 rpm
107.1 hp per liter
mph - 174 mph
(from Audi Press
Release) The Audi RS 5
The RS 5 Coupé is the
star athlete of the A5 family. It offers the power and handling of a
powerful sports car packaged in the body of an alluringly elegant
coupe. The design has now gained several new, sharp accents, with
numerous features that characterize the other A5 models also making
their way to the RS 5.
The Audi RS 5 Coupé uses
a high-revving, normally aspirated V8 displacing 4,163 cc. This
engine is closely related to the V10 that powers the R8
high-performance sports car. The 4.2 FSI delivers 331 kW (450 hp) at
8,250 rpm, with the peak torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available
between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The engine has a specific output of
108.1 hp per liter of displacement. The potent response, the eager
revving and the rich, melodious sound mark the V8 as a thoroughbred
Hand-built at the plant
in Györ, Hungary, the 4.2 FSI launches the Coupé from zero to 100
km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds. Audi will increase the
electronically governed top speed from 250 to 280 km/h (155.34 to
173.98 mph) upon request. Thanks to the combination of technologies
from the Audi modular efficiency platform, which also includes a
recuperation system, the high-tech V8 consumes significantly less
fuel on average than its direct competitors.
With its high efficiency
and its long top gear, the standard seven-speed S tronic also
contributes to the good fuel economy. Drivers can let the
lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission shift automatically or
change gears themselves using the selector lever or with paddles on
the steering wheel. The integrated launch control program provides
for rocket-like starts by managing the engagement of the clutch at
High end: quattro with crown-gear
Like all RS models, the
RS 5 Coupé also applies its power to the road with quattro permanent
all-wheel drive. The crown-gear center differential at its heart is
compact and lightweight. It can vary the distribution of torque
between the front and rear axles lightning-fast and over a wide
range, with up to 70 percent flowing to the front or as much as 85
percent to the rear, as necessary. The default 40:60 ratio of the
rear-biased configuration ensures sporty handling.
The crown-gear center
differential works together with the torque vectoring system, which
acts on all four wheels. If the load on the inside wheel is reduced
too much while the car is being driven dynamically, that wheel is
braked slightly before it can begin to slip. Audi offers the sport
differential as a complementary option that actively distributes the
power between the rear wheels via two superposition stages.
Precise and stable: the chassis
The chassis of the RS 5
Coupé unites fast and precise turn-in, high cornering speeds and
supreme stability. Most of the components of the five-link front
suspension and the self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension
are made of aluminum. The new speed-dependent power steering is an
electromechanical system with a direct steering ratio for highly
precise road feel. It supports the driver with slight steering
corrections when braking on surfaces with different amounts of grip.
Because the power steering draws no energy when driving straight
ahead, it helps to enhance efficiency. The taut setup lowers the
body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in) compared with the Audi A5. Newly
designed, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with 265/35-series tires
are standard; 20-inch wheels with 275/30-series tires are available
as an option for the high-performance coupe.
The brake system of the RS Coupé features large, internally
ventilated wave brake discs, with the front discs measuring 365
millimeters (14.37 in) in diameter. The steel friction rings with
their wave-like outer contour are perforated and connected to the
aluminum brake caps via pins. This direct structure reduces
tensions, quickly dissipates the heat and prevents the transmission
of temperature peaks. Moreover, the redesigned shape of the friction
rings results in three kilograms (6.61 lb) of weight being saved in
total, thus improving the balance of unsprung masses.
The calipers are painted
high-gloss black; the front calipers have eight pistons each. The RS
5 can be optionally equipped with carbon fiber-ceramic discs up
front. The electronic stabilization program (ESP) integrates a sport
mode and can be switched off entirely.
Upon request, Audi
equips the RS 5 with a particularly dynamic damping technology – the
sport suspension plus with DRC dynamic ride control. The diagonally
opposed pairs of shock absorbers are linked by hydraulic lines and a
central valve. During fast cornering, the system intensifies the
stabilization of the front outside wheel. The sport suspension plus
features a three-stage, variable damping characteristic.
The Audi drive select
driving dynamics system comes standard with the RS 5 Coupé. This
system allows the driver to select between three modes – comfort,
auto and dynamic – for the characteristics of the steering, the
seven-speed S tronic and the accelerator. And if the car is equipped
with an Audi MMI navigation system, there is also a fourth mode –
individual – which can be configured by the driver. Audi drive
select can also modulate the sound of the exhaust system,
double-clutching when downshifting in dynamic mode.
Dynamic steering is
another module available for Audi drive select beside the sport
differential and the damping characteristic in the sport suspension
plus. It uses a superposition gear to vary the steering ratio by
nearly 100 percent as a function of speed and countersteers slightly
at the cornering limit.
Unmistakable: The design
The RS 5 Coupé has an
athletic road stance, and its classically elegant two-door lines
dazzle with clear-cut accents. The new single-frame grille with
beveled upper corners features a high-gloss, anthracite gray
honeycomb structure and a matt aluminum-look frame. The standard
xenon plus headlights are framed by narrow strips of LED daytime
running lights. The air flows through large openings embedded in a
distinctive bumper featuring a splitter edge like on a racing car.
Sharper edges make the engine hood appear more three-dimensional so
that the RS 5 looks even lower and wider when viewed from the front.
The flared aluminum
front fenders and the rear side elements with the sharp horizontal
upper edges are reminiscent of two classic Audi models from the
1980s – the all-wheel drive pioneer Audi quattro and the Sport
quattro. The side sills sport chiseled caps; the trim strips and the
side mirror housings have a matt aluminum-look finish.
The tail end is
dominated by the two oval exhaust pipes of the dual exhaust system,
which are integrated into the redesigned bumper. Audi also offers a
sport exhaust system with a more voluminous sound and black exhaust
tip bezels. The LED rear lights are also new and feature continuous
light strips. The large diffuser extends far upward, and the spoiler
in the rear hatch extends automatically at 120 km/h (74.56 mph).
The extensively clad
underbody integrates air vents for the seven-speed S tronic and the
front brakes. Thanks to its advanced aerodynamics, the RS 5 Coupé
generates downforce at high speed to further enhance stability.
The dynamic looks alter
the dimensions slightly. The RS 5 Coupé is 23 millimeters (0.91 in)
longer and six millimeters (0.24 in) wider than the A5 Coupé, but
six millimeters (0.24 in) lower. Eight exterior colors are
available, from solid, metallic and pearl effect finishes to a
specially pigmented crystal effect paint.
Dynamic elegance: The interior
dynamically elegant styling also extends to the interior. The
standard sport seats with integrated headrests are power adjustable
and covered in a combination of black leather and Alcantara. Audi
also offers seat upholstery in Fine Nappa leather in a choice of
black or lunar silver, both subtly accented with rock gray piping.
Other options include bucket seats with folding backrests or
comfortable, climate-controlled comfort seats with a ventilation
function. The interior is bathed in black, with narrow chrome clasps
at the switches and control elements providing delicate accents.
Inlays are available in a choice of carbon, brushed or etched
aluminum, a high-gloss piano finish or a light-colored stainless
The new leather
multifunction sport steering wheel with its thick rim is flattened
at the bottom and features a new, even easier control concept. The
ignition key and the shift lever knob have also been redesigned.
Even the steering column stalks have been updated. The instruments
have black gauges and white lettering with special scaling. When the
ignition is turned, the red needles of the speedometer and
tachometer run quickly up to the limit before returning to zero for
a touch of sporty flair. Typical of all RS vehicles, the door
openers are two delicate bars.
The driver information
system with color display includes an RS menu with a lap timer and
an oil thermometer. It displays a special RS welcome screen when the
car is started. A piano-finish fascia in the instrument panel frames
the instrument cluster. The pedals, the footrest and the buttons of
the optional MMI navigation systems shine in an aluminum-look
finish. Aluminum inserts adorn the door sill trims, which are
accentuated with RS 5 badges.
Audi also offers
numerous exclusive features for the interior. A carbon design
package is available for the engine compartment, as are a variety of
styling packages for the body in black or matt aluminum look. A
broad range of high-performance assistance and communication systems
round out the optional extras program. Among these are adaptive
cruise control, Audi side assist, adaptive light, MMI navigation
plus, the Bluetooth online car phone and the Bang & Olufsen sound