Audi has revealed the redesigned two-door RS 5 Coupé, which now has an even sharper shape and a more commanding performance. It is equipped with a 4.2 FSI V8 engine, which generates 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm. The 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) peak torque is available within a range from 4,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm.
The high-performance coupe, equipped with the normally aspirated, high-revving V8, accelerates to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) from a standstill in 4.5 seconds. The engine uses an average of 10.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (22.40 US mpg), which is far less compared to its main rivals.
The new Audi RS 5 Coupé has an even more muscular and athletic road stance with the hood having a more sculpted appearance with sharper edges and the upper corners of the single-frame grille beveled. The most prominent features at the front part of the automobile are the new headlights in wedge form that uses xenon plus technology and comes with narrow LED strips for the daytime running lights. Audi has also redesigned the rear bumper and the taillights.
The interior has also been updated. Among the redesigned features are the leather-wrapped RS 5 multifunction sport steering wheel with the ring flattened at the bottom, the ignition key, redesigned controls, the steering column stalks and the buttons for Audi drive select and the knob of the gear selector lever. The MMI navigation plus comes as an option. The vehicle's interior is a study in black with carbon as standard inlays, with aluminum, piano finish or stainless steel mesh available as options.
Being part of the RS range from Audi, it comes as no surprise that the RS5 Coupé is equipped with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its defining characteristic is the crown gear center differential which is both lightweight and compact. On a daily drive, the differential is able to distribute the power delivered to rear and front axle in a 60:40 ratio. Should the situation call for it, this same differential can allot 85% of the torque to the rear axle or as much as 70% of the torque to the axle in the front.
Making this crown-gear center differential more efficient is the fact that it works in conjunction with the vehicle’s torque vectoring system with the two operating on all of its four wheels. During a dynamic drive for example, there is the possibility that the load on the wheels’ inside could be lowered substantially. What the combination does is brake the wheel slightly so as to avoid slip.
Through this, the RS5 Coupé is able to continue being neutral no matter how long and even when at the handling limit. Though it does have a bit of an understeer especially when turning to corners, it can instantly compensate when the vehicle is accelerating. That said, there is the ESP stabilization program which steps in when needed and gently, though one can often feel that there is no need for it to be activated. An important feature in the RS5 Coupé is the seven-speed S tronic transmission fitted as standard. Through the long top gear and the fact that it is efficient, fuel economy is ensured.
This automatic dual-clutch transmission can be operated through the D and the S modes. For drivers who want to shift the transmission on their own, they can do so through the gear selector lever and even by using the paddles that have been placed on the steering wheel. The brand has included a launch control program which regulates how the clutch is engaged and puts it at the optimum engine speed needed to pull away. As a result, the power from the engine is transmitted to the road with less risk of a wheel slip.
In particular, this same transmission is composed of two sub-transmissions. Each of these sub-transmissions have clutches that trigger different gears. These direct shifts are made possible through the use of switching clutches and take barely less than a second. The shift is not only fast but is so smooth as well that it finishes the operation even before the driver realizes it. For the RS5 Coupé, the brand is offering a sport differential as a possible option.
By having two superposition stages, the power is distributed actively on the wheels in the rear. Whether the vehicle is going faster through a curve or simply going through one, much of the power goes to the outside wheels and this pushes the vehicle to the curve. It prevents the possibility of an understeer or oversteer from happening. Through the sport differential, the RS5 Coupé can drive as if it was on proverbial rails.