After a flashy debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show last March, the Audi's second generation R5S Coupe will be available in the United Kingdom this month.
The price tag of the new 2018 AUdi R5S Coupe is £4,100 more expensive than its old model which is valued at around £58,725. It is also considered £4,500 steeper than the BMW M4, but it costs £650 less than the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe. Regarding the Dynamic Package, the price has not been finalized just yet.
The final costs of fitting a carbon roof and RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride control has not also been decided, but may cost around £3,000 and £2,000 respectively. Audi's light and faster new release is equipped with a turbocharged 2.9 L V6 petrol engine that produces up to 444 bhp, akin to the 4.2L V8 of the previous unit. The new R5S coupe will somehow bear a brand new badge and will be sold under the Audi Sport trademark. Audi claimed that their upcoming coupe will emit 197g/km C02, which is a 17% cutback, and boasts of a fuel economy of 32.5mpg combined.
This anticipated vehicle has been made anew from scratch. Aside from its fresh engine, the R5S coupe will also have a new platform that sees it develop in size over the 7-year-old unit it will replace. Furthermore, new developments are also in place, including a brand new chassis that features a five link front and rear suspension combined with Audi Sport's Dynamic Ride Control System that fully offers variable damping control.
What sets the R5S Coupe apart from the second generation A5 Coupe models are the conventional RS exterior styling cues. These features include a broader single frame grille that has a high gloss black honeycomb insert, a fresh front bumper featuring a bigger air duct and a detailed splitter element and headlamps with tinted graphics for the typical LED projectors. The fenders found in the front has been broadened by about 15mm and will have a so-called feature in the form of Quattro blisters paired with an added vertical air ducts found at the outer side of the headlamps.
The recent RS unit will be fitted with the standard 19 inch wheels, but you can opt for 20 inch wheels. You can also choose between high gloss black or matt aluminium as an additional styling set. The best part is that Audi Sport have the option of changing the typical roof of the R5S Coupe with a carbon fiber one, which offers a 60kg reduction from the overall weight of the vehicle despite a 74mm increase in total length of the new unit. The said reduction of overall weight will give the new model a power to weight ratio of about 286 bhp per tonne or 9bhp per tonne compared to the old 1715kg first-gen R5S coupe.
The new Audi R5S Coupe will be on sale in UK this summer, so stay tuned!