Official: 2011 Audi RS 5 revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

A powerful performance and an impressive fuel economy those two factors rarely go together but in the Audi RS 5, they do. Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi RS 5 is an elegant coupe that features the high-revving 4.2-liter V8 with its 331 kW (450 hp). Transmitting power to all the wheels are the seven-speed S tronic and an innovative center differential in the quattro drivetrain.

The RS models were created by quattro GmbH and are intended to lead Audi's model range. The RS 5 offers superior handling in the mid-size class - a characteristic that can be traced back over 15 years to the RS 2 Avant. The car's V8 engine is closely related to the V10, which is featured in the R8 sports car. The V8's output stems from a displacement of 4,163 cm3. Similar to most Audi gasoline engines, this engine operates via direct fuel injection known by the abbreviation FSI.

This technology's value simply can't be disregarded; it has brought the Audi R8 racing car to four triumphs at the classic endurance race in Le Mans. Furthermore, the common-rail system produces as much as 120 bars of pressure. The undersquare engine is allowed to breathe freely due to the intensive fine-tuning of the dual-branch intake and exhaust system.

Its four adjustable camshafts and tumble flaps in the intake manifold lead to mixture formation. The 4.2 FSI functions like a race engine because of the resulting torque and high revs are incredibly easy to accomplish. This engine is able to generate 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm and - between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm - transmits a maximum of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque.

The V8 engine produced by hand at Audi merges power and emotion and in so doing, the car has a strength, responsiveness, and sound that is awe-inspiring. Weighing 1,725 kilograms (3,802.97 pounds), the car is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds with the 4.2 FSI. While the car boasts a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph), it can still be increased up to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon the owner's request.

The RS 5 is very fuel-efficient. Its ultra-powerful eight-cylinder engine averages 10.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (21.78 miles US mpg), a rate that puts to shame its main competitors. Audi attributes this achievement to the technologies from its modular efficiency platform. To lessen friction, the engine and the entire drivetrain have been optimized. Moreover, this car's oil pump operates on demand and it has an energy-recovery system that saves energy during coasting and braking.

Interior Design

Interestingly, the interior of the vehicle is as elegant as its exterior. For instance, the new MY2011 Audi RS5 features a steering wheel, which comes with a noticeable trim and is wrapped in perforated leather. Its driver information system now sports an oil oil-temperature gauge and a lap timer to allow drivers to record their lap times.

This information system also displays an RS greeting when the ignition is turned on, just like in the available MMI navigation systems. On the other hand, instruments feature black gauges and white lettering with unique scaling. Interestingly, as soon as the ignition is turned on, red needles rise high and just as quickly, fall down.

Occupants are treated to electrically adjustable sports seats with prominent side sections as well as integrated head restraints. These seats feature a leather/Alcantara combination. Offered as an option are bucket seats with bold contours and folding backrests, as well as ventilated and upholstered climate-controlled comfort seats.

Meanwhile, the black interior features carbon fiber decorative inlays while a fascia in the instrument panel sports a piano finish. Moreover, the vehicle’s footrests, pedals and the buttons of the available MMI navigation systems feature an aluminum look while the door sill trims come with aluminum inserts.

Just like other Audi RS models, the RS5 features door handles that consist of two slim strips. Occupants could also find RS5 logos on different locations in the cabin. Audi offers optional exclusive features like seat upholstery in special leathers and color with silver headlining as well as suede-covered controls and floor mats with RS5 logos.

Also optional are decorative inlays in dark stainless-steel mesh look. These inlays are also available in black piano finish or brushed aluminum.

Customers can avail of the optional Carbon design package for the vehicle body as well as of styling packages either in black or matt aluminum. They could also avail of the optional Sport exhaust system with a sound flap and black tailpipe trims.

Press Release

Audi RS5 Coupe

Unbridled power lurking in a classically elegant coupé: the Audi RS5 will debut at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. The high-revving 4.2-liter V8 with its 331 kW (450 hp) unleashes powerful performance while achieving remarkable fuel economy. The seven-speed S tronic and an innovative center differential in the quattro drivetrain transmit power to all four wheels.

Developed by quattro GmbH, the RS models comprise the dynamic spearhead of Audi's model range. The Audi RS5 is the latest torchbearer in a tradition dating back over 15 years to the RS2 Avant: superior handling in the mid-size class.

A close relative of the V10 which powers the high-performance Audi R8 sports car, the high-revving V8 engine delivers its output from a displacement of 4,163 cm3. Like nearly every Audi gasoline engine, this one also operates via direct fuel injection known by the abbreviation FSI. This same technology has propelled the Audi R8 racing car to four triumphs at the classic endurance race in Le Mans. The common-rail system generates up to 120 bars of pressure.

Intensive fine-tuning of the dual-branch intake and exhaust system allows the undersquare engine to breathe freely; four adjustable camshafts and tumble flaps in the intake manifold facilitate mixture formation. The 4.2 FSI provides imposing torque and is right at home even at high revs - almost like a race engine. The engine delivers 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm and - between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm - transmits a maximum of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque.

The vigorous strength, the spontaneous responsiveness, the joyful high-revving, and the throaty, sonorous music: this V8 produced by hand at Audi stunningly combines the essence of power and emotion. The 4.2 FSI propels the coupé's 1,725 kilograms (3,802.97 pounds) in 4.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Audi can increase that to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request.

Impressive efficiency: just 10.8 liters of fuel per 100 km

Efficiency is standard in every Audi; the Audi RS5 is no exception. The ultra-powerful eight-cylinder engine averages 10.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (21.78 miles US mpg) - far less than its main competitors. This impressive figure is due in part to the technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform. The engine and the entire drivetrain have been optimized to minimize friction, the oil pump operates on demand, and an energy-recovery system conserves energy during coasting and braking.

The standard seven-speed S tronic in the Audi RS5 - with its high efficiency ratio and its high-geared top speed - also enhances efficiency. It consists of two clutches and two subsidiary transmissions. Both subsidiary transmissions are continuously active, but only one is powered at any given time by the engine. Gears are alternately shifted by the two clutches - at lightning speed, smoothly, and almost imperceptibly.

The seven-speed S tronic, which was specially reinforced to accommodate the high-revving V8, can operate in fully automatic mode - or the driver can shift via the innovative selector lever or shift paddles on the steering wheel. By means of the standard Audi drive select, the driver can switch in automatic mode among three different options: auto, comfort, and dynamic. In the launch control program, the seven-speed S tronic ensures flawless acceleration from a standstill - at full power and with minimal tire slip.

New quattro technology: the crown-gear differential

Like all RS models, the Audi RS5 also applies its power to the road with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. As for the center differential, which regulates power distribution between the front and rear axles, Audi - the leading all-wheel-drive brand - unveils the next generation: a crown-gear differential.

The self-locking crown-gear center differential is compact and lightweight - and attains a high efficiency ratio.

Thanks to its package of plates, the differential can widely vary the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles. If necessary, up to 70 percent can flow to the front or as much as 85 percent toward the tail end. The 40:60 ratio of the standard rear-biased configuration ensures sporty handling.

This new differential operates in conjunction with electronic torque vectoring, which affects all four wheels. If one of the inside wheels becomes imbalanced while the vehicle is at its operational limits, then the system slightly decelerates the wheel to obviate wheel spin. This results in terrific traction on the one hand while generating a yaw moment which aids cornering.

As a perfect complement to the new quattro drivetrain, Audi can optionally position the sport differential at the rear axle. It actively distributes torque between the rear wheels in order to further boost stability and grip at the vehicle's limits of handling. The electronic management of the Audi RS5 sport differential was designed to be uncompromisingly dynamic.

With regard to the springs, shock absorbers, elastokinematics, and the anti-roll bars, the Audi RS5 chassis exhibits a sporty configuration and renders the body 20 millimeters (0.79 inches) lower than that of the Audi A5. The 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/35 tires are standard. They are executed in an exclusive 5-arm structure design. The Audi RS5 optionally comes with 20-inch wheels and 275/30 tires. Winter wheels featuring the same dimensions are available; the 19-inch wheel is suitable for snow chains.

The brake system employs powerful and internally ventilated discs, which measure 365 millimeters (14.37 inches) in diameter at the front axle. In order to maximize the dissipation of heat, the steel friction rings are perforated and connected by pins to the aluminum brake discs. The high-gloss black brake calipers bearing RS logos are likewise made of aluminum; the front calipers are fitted with eight pistons each. Audi can optionally fit the front axle with ceramic carbon-fiber brake discs measuring 380 millimeters (14.96 inches) in diameter. They are extremely lightweight, strong, and durable. The electronic stabilization program (ESP) integrates a sport mode and can be switched off entirely.

Even more dynamics: Audi drive select

The speed-dependent servotronic steering in the Audi RS5 is especially taut. The standard Audi drive select (a vehicle-dynamics control system) allows the driver to switch among three modes of operation - comfort, auto, and dynamic - to adjust steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the sport differential, the engine, and the exhaust system. And if the car is equipped with the MMI navigation system, a fourth mode allows the driver to customize their own profile.

As regards the engine, Audi drive select controls the exhaust system's two throttle valves and the sound flaps; when they open, the rich sound becomes even more resonant. Along with the sport differential, dynamic steering is another optional component of Audi drive select. Dynamic steering adjusts the steering ratio to a vehicle's speed - directly for maneuvering at low speeds and indirectly for traveling at highway speeds. At the vehicle's cornering limits, it automatically ensures smooth handling via minor corrective actions.

The Audi RS5 exudes an athletic and powerful identity; its classically beautiful coupé styling dazzles with new and clear-cut accents. Its single-frame grille bears a shiny charcoal-gray rhombus-pattern grid. Xenon plus headlights boasting a sweeping strip of LED daytime running lights are standard. The oversized air inlets for the engine, front brakes, and the radiators are bordered by striking contours. The newly designed bumper tapers downward into a splitter.

The flared fenders with the crisp horizontal upper edges are reminiscent of a classic Audi: namely, the all-wheel-drive pioneer Audi quattro, which itself debuted at the Geneva Auto Show 30 years ago. The side sills bear angular caps; the trim strips on the single-frame grille and near the side windows as well as the outside mirrors' covers feature a matt aluminum look. Eight different paint finishes are available.

The tail end is dominated by two oval exhaust pipes integrated within the bumper. A large diffuser protrudes prominently upward. The spoiler in the tailgate automatically extends at a speed of 120 km/h (74.56 mph) and retracts at 80 km/h (49.71 mph).

The extensively clad underbody of the Audi RS5 integrates air vents for the seven-speed S tronic and the front brakes. At highway speeds, the aerodynamic characteristics of the Audi RS5 generate downforce to further enhance stability.

Dynamic elegance: the interior

The vehicle's dynamically elegant styling extends to the interior. Sports seats with pronounced side sections and integrated head restraints are standard. They are electrically adjustable and feature a leather/Alcantara combination. Alternatives include bucket seats with more prominent contours and folding backrests or ventilated and luxuriously upholstered climate-controlled comfort seats.

The steering wheel has a substantial rim and is covered with perforated leather. The instruments have black gauges and white lettering with distinctive scaling. When the ignition is switched on, the red needles briefly rise high and then drop back down. The driver information system integrates a lap timer for recording circuit times and an oil-temperature gauge. Just like the optional MMI navigation systems' monitor, it displays an RS greeting upon ignition.

The interior is black and the decorative inlays are made of carbon fiber. A fascia in the instrument panel features a piano finish. The pedals, the footrests, and the optional MMI navigation systems' control buttons gleam thanks to their aluminum look. Moreover, the door handles consist of two slim strips - typical of Audi RS models. Aluminum inserts adorn the door sill trims and RS5 logos lend dynamic highlights to the interior.

Upon request, truly exclusive features such as decorative inlays with a dark, stainless-steel mesh look, a black piano finish or brushed aluminum are available. Or seat upholstery featuring special leathers and colors as well as silver headlining. In addition, the Audi exclusive RS program offers options such as suede-covered controls and floor mats bearing RS5 logos.

A Carbon design package is available for the engine compartment and, for the vehicle body, there are styling packages in black or matt aluminum look. And the acoustically bold Sport exhaust system - also with a sound flap - has black tailpipe trims.

Sales of the Audi RS5 will begin in the spring of 2010. Its basic price will be approximately 77,700 euros.

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