Audi RS5 coming to Pikes Peak Hill climb

Article by Christian A., on August 9, 2012

Audi wants to set a record at the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It was 25 years ago that Audi and Walter Rohrl were able to set the course record using their Audi Sport Quattro S1 rally car. For this race, Audi is preparing an RS5 to pay homage to the two icons. On Facebook, Audi posted a shadowy image of an RS5 that had Audi Sport decals. It also had the black, gray, and red racing stripe that could be seen on the 1984 S1.

RS5 is a visual tribute to the S1 but it’s not likely to offer the same power as the 80′s car. The S1 is famous for its output of 590 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque. It used a turbocharged five-cylinder engine partnered to a six-speed power-shift transmission, which was an early precursor to the existing S-tronic/DSG transmission.

This modern transmission will appear in the road-going RS5, which is powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 450 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels. The S1 requires only 3.1 seconds to reach 60 mph but the RS5 can do so at 4.6 seconds. The plans for the RS5 aren’t clear yet, whether it will only be at the hill climb to be seen or if it will go up the roads. Audi has declined to clarify this issue.

Audi RS5 Coupé boasts a muscular road stance plus distinctive lines, expressive front end, powerfully taut surfaces, and distinctive rear end. The car also has a wide and low body, a long front end, and C-pillars that harmoniously flow into a powerfully arched shoulder line.

Moreover, the two-door Audi RS5 model’s new, sharper design gives it an even wider and flatter appearance when seen from the front. The single-frame grill’s top corners are beveled and its honeycomb grid sports a high-gloss anthracite gray finish and an RS5 badge. Also, its frame has a matte aluminum-look finish and its hood is contoured with sharp edges. Its large air inlets and their deeply sculpted edges have been divided according to struts and covered with honeycomb grilles. Additionally, its bumper tapers downward to a splitter, just as in a race car.

What’s more, the Audi RS5 front’s most striking new design element is its wedge-shaped headlights with a wave-shaped bottom edge. It also has xenon plus headlights as a standard, as well as LED daytime running lights that consume minimal energy. These LED daytime running lights encircle the headlights then appear in the turn signals as a visually homogenous and narrow clasp. The vehicle also boasts the adaptive light system complete with dynamic turning light and cornering light.

Additionally, the Audi RS5’s front and rear fenders are flared. Above its wheel wells are harsh edges that serve as a gentle reminder of the Ur-quattro of 1980. The car’s side sills, meanwhile, sport muscular caps and the trim strips around its windows as well as the side mirror housings feature a matt aluminum-like finish.

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