We really couldn’t deny that quite a number of Audi customers and would-be-buyers are intently waiting for higher performance RS versions of the Audi A4 and A5. Of course, these customers are also intently waiting for juicier details about the next RS models from Audi Sport.
Now, we just received some juicy information regarding the Audi RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe, and RS5 Sportback. The information came in the form of an image as well as a slideshow from a presentation conducted by an Audi dealer in Norway. These aren’t complete information, but will be enough to quench our craving while we wait for the official details.
Thanks to the leak from the presentation this particular dealer, we now know the power ratings for the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, as well as the RS5 Sportback. Back in September 2016, Stephan Reil -- head of engineering Audi's Quattro GmbH division – disclosed that the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe would be powered by the same engine that serves as the core of the Porsche Panamera 4S.
So this means that the heart of the two of the new RS trio will be the new bi-turbo 2.9-liter TFSI V6 engine that provides 440 hp (324 kW) of max output between 5,600 rpm and 6,600 rpm, as well as around 550 Nm (406 lb.-ft) of peak torque available between 1,750 rpm and 5,500 rpm. This engine allows the Porsche Panamera 4S to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 289 km/h.
On the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, meanwhile, this V6 engine will be tuned to provide more power, specifically generating up to 450 hp (335 kW) of output and 600 Nm (442 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. As revealed by the leaked slideshow, the V6-powered Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe would be able to dash from nil to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than four seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
This means that while the RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe are quicker on the sprint, the Porsche Panamera 4S would be able to catch up and outrun both Audi RS models. Speed demons could avail of the optional dynamic package to hike the speed cap to 280 km/h (174 mph).
Meanwhile, the slideshow also revealed when Audi Sport is planning to commence production of these new RS models. According to this presentation, Audi will start building the RS5 Coupe in June 2017 and the RS4 Avant in December 2017. Motor1’s source disclosed that the RS5 Coupe is now production-ready and the RS4 Avant is now at the last phase of development. The RS5 Sportback, on the other hand, would arrive after the RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe.