Many people have long known that the new 2018 RS5 was being developed by Audi AG. Enthusiasts the world over were excited when a prototype was seen running on the Nurburgring. Powering it was the 3.0-liter V6 engine with output at 500 hp and was expected to be equipped with the standard two turbos or a combination of a turbo and small electric charger.
Even before that, there was already a buzz that the company was working on a potential heir to the RS5 and expected to rival, to name a few, the Mercedes-AMG C63 or the BMW M4. Back then a test mule version was observed having the RS5’s running gear but was placed inside a modified body that was the coming S5 Coupe. Indeed, the front bumper had air ducts that were larger while the fender was extended to all of the four corners to allow for wider tracks and bigger wheels.
Going back to the version that was seen on the German track, some of its features included the RS-specific grille, side skirts made larger, and the wider fenders. Meanwhile the bumpers on both the front and rear carry a more aggressive appearance. However, expected to set this new model apart from the rest of the A5 range are the bespoke wheels that have been placed in the front of its high-performance brakes.
Still even with this reveal, there was still no clue as to how the Audi RS5 would actually appear. With the help of Theophilus Chin though, everyone finally has an idea of what it may look like.
Despite Chin’s interpretation, people have known that the new RS5 is expected to be based mainly on the redesigned A5 family. What this means is that like the rest of the A5 line-up, the headlights and taillights will carry the same redesign.
In addition, the rendering also brings with it some style features that are highly distinct. The grille in the front for example has been blacked out. Meanwhile both the splitter and the surrounds of the lower air intake have been painted black. New features include the chin spoiler that has been subtly fastened to the rear bumper, wing mirrors and the black side skirts. Other features include the small bootlid spoiler, oval tailpipes, and new diffuser in the rear.
However when it comes to the rendition, the most exciting thing would have to be the fact that the new RS5 is shown to have the form of a Sportback. While the RS5 is expected to be offered as coupe, Audi has yet to release any statement if a 5-door is possible in the near future. However if the company does go this route, it would mean that the RS5 would be the best challenger to face the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M3.