Audi RS5 coming to Pikes Peak Hill climb

Article by Christian Andrei, 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.

The 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.

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