Audi presents the RS5 eTurbo TDI Concept, the first first-ever RS diesel

Article by Christian A., on May 28, 2014

Audi RS5 eTurbo TDI Concept is the latest creation from Ingolstadt, powered by a two-stage turbodiesel engine. This is the first-even diesel-powered RS model from Audi and according to Autocar, it is expected to go into production next year.

As we said, this new engine uses a two-stage turbocharger: a smaller turbo that is lighter and gives the engine more grunt at lower engine speeds, while the bigger turbo starts spinning at higher speeds.

What’s more interesting is that the engine uses electrical assistance to be sure that the smaller turbocharger is spinning quickly enough to be active at very low engine speeds. This means that the V6 TDI BiTurbo diesel engine comes fitteed with an electric compressor.

The new V6 two-stage turbodiesel engine delivers an impressive 385 hp at 4200 rpm and a maximum torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft). The engine is bolted to an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox that sends the power to the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

As a result, the Audi RS5 eTurbo TDI Concept is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 174 mph or 280 km/h.

The combination of the expressive front section and unique rear end plus the strongly tight lines and distinct lines give the Audi RS5 Coupé that muscular road stance. While the body is low and wide, the front section is clearly long. The C-pillars on the other hand are able to flow in an effortless manner to the strongly arched shoulder line.

By implementing a new, as well as sharper, design, it allowed for this two-door model to have a wider and flatter look, especially when looked at from the front. Looking closer, the single-frame grill’s top corners are beveled. The honeycomb grid not only has the RSA5 badge but also has a high-gloss anthracite gray finish. While the frame comes with a matt aluminum-look finish, the hood has been contoured by making use of sharper edges.

Also covered with honeycomb grilles are large air inlets whose deeply sculpted edges are separated with struts. Narrowing downward to become a splitter is the bumper, which brings to mind a race car. On the front end of the RS5 Coupé, the most prominent of the different new design elements is the set of wedge-shaped headlights that have the wave-shaped bottom edge.

Fitted as standard are the xenon plus headlights. By utilizing LED, the energy consumption of the daytime running lights is minimized. The daytime running lights border the turn signals and headlights through a visually and narrow homogenous clasp. The brand will also be offering adaptive light system that come with the turning light and dynamic cornering light.

The fenders of the Audi RS5, both for the front and the rear, are flared. Though the top of the wheel wells have harsh edges, it serves as a reminder of Audi’s icons, the 1980 Ur-quattro. Side sills meanwhile have athletic muscular caps. The trim strips around the window and the vehicle’s side housings reveal a matt aluminum-look finish.

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Topics: audi, audi rs5, tdi, concept

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