Its back, the Audi RS badge is back! Audi announced this week more details about its reinvigorated RS5, the newest and hottest addition to the A5 Coupe range. The refreshed RS5 carries new exterior looks, including subtle changes to the single frame grille design and more pronounced bonnet contours. Audi also installed new LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights.
The new RS5 also features a restyled front fascia and ten-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. Audi also made big upgrades on the car’s interior, adding Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, cruise control, DVD-based satellite navigation and Audi Music Interface iPod connection to the list of standard equipment list.
Customers could opt to upgrade the car’s cruise control system to the adaptive system with braking guard. The upgrade uses radar sensors to control distance from traffic in front of the car between 19mph and 155mph.
If the sensors detect an impending collision, the system will initiate partial braking or full deceleration. New changes in the RS5’s interior also include a new flat-bottomed RS three-spoke steering wheel and air conditioning improvement. Interior improvements are noticeable with the car’s Multi Media Interface, mirror adjustment and electric window switchgear as well as the gear lever and the instrument stalks.
The RS5 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 444hp 4.2-litre FSI V8 engine capable of delivering 450PS at 8,250 rpm and peak torque of 430 Nm at between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The V8 allows the RS5 to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, although its top speed remains at electronically-limited 155mph.
Audi, however, could increase the top speed to 174 mph through the speed limit de-restriction option at extra cost. Audi has started taking orders for the RS5 and will commence it UK deliveries in April 2012 with an on-the-road price of £58,725.
Looking inside the Audi RS5 Coupé, one is likely to immediately notice that the most striking feature appears to be the multi-function three-spoke steering wheel. While the bottom part has been flattened, the ring is wrapped in perforated leather. The console that is placed on the center tunnel has been reconfigured with the rollers and buttons made to be more intuitive than ever. While optional, the MMI navigation has the hard keys positioned on the terminal lowered from eight in the previous model to six in the new version. In addition, the volume control now has a skip function allowing those inside to move to the next song on the list. Regarding the instruments, it comes with a unique scaling with the gauges in black and the lettering in white.
A look at the driver information system shows that it has the oil temperature gauge and a lap timer which is perfect when running in the tracks. Once the driver starts the car, the monitor display of the MMI navigation and the driver information system show the RS5 welcome screen. Still on the front, the center console and the instrument cluster’s fascia are in high-gloss black.
Included as standard is the fascia which has the carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. Offered as options for the decorative inlays are Aluminum Race, Brushed Matt Aluminum, Carbon, Dark Stainless Steel Mesh or Piano Black finish. The interior also reveals that the steering column stalks and the ignition key have been redesigned. Another change is that the display for the air conditioning is lighted up in white.
A new feature is the use of buttons that control the ventilation system and the seat heating, though the latter is offered as an option. The brand also made sure to make things easy by having a single button control the drive select.
Thus, all that is needed to do to change to the 7-speed S tronic from the S mode is to simply tap the selector lever. Moving forward to the sport seats, the side bolsters are now larger and in addition to the headrests being integrated to it, the RS5 logos are embossed to the seats. The seats offer extendable thigh rest, 4-way lumbar support, and each is power adjustable.
Offered as standard, the seats come wrapped in Alcantara and leather. However the brand is offering customers the chance to have it instead in Fine Nappa leather either in moon silver or black. In addition, manually adjustable bucket seats are offered as well as seats that have deluxe climate-control. This seat will be wrapped in perforated leather and will feature a ventilation function.