First of all, we have to say that Audi is changing very fast the face of the RS 5, but we have to admit that it is a step forward. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2012 Audi RS 5 Facelift! As you can see, the vehicle receives the new design language seen on the A5/S5 Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback but unfortunately this is the only improvement brought to the new model.
Why? Because the RS 5 Facelift offers the same 4.2-liter V8 engine delivering 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.
With these numbers, the car can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 to 280 km/h (155.34 to 173.98 mph) upon request. The large diffuser extends far upward, and the spoiler in the rear hatch extends automatically at 120 km/h (74.56 mph). The engine is mated to the standard seven-speed S tronic also contributes to the good fuel economy.
Moreover, we find the quattro permanent all-wheel drive that can vary the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles lightning-fast and over a wide range, with up to 70 percent flowing to the front or as much as 85 percent to the rear.
Just like the “old” RS 5, the new model will offer newly designed 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with 265/35-series tires as standard, while the 20-inch wheels with 275/30-series tires are available as an option. Behind these wheels we find large, internally ventilated wave brake discs, with the front discs measuring 365 millimeters (14.37 in) in diameter.
The Audi RS 5 Coupe has a chassis that allows you to have outstanding stability, precision and fast turn in, as well as the ability to handle high speeds at cornering. The self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension and the five-link front suspension are both formed from aluminum, while the power steering is speed-dependent and has a direct steering ratio that gives you a very precise road feel. The electromechanical system helps the driver with slight corrections when stopping on surfaces that have varying levels of grip. Plus, the power steering does not waste energy because it needs none when driving straight ahead.
The RS 5 Coupe has a tightly drawn setup that features a 20-millimeter lower body when compared with the A5. All cars in the RS 5 Coupe line come with the standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. The 265/35 series wheels sport a new design. You can opt for the slightly bigger 275/30 series tires as well.
The brake system has big ventilated wave brake discs. The front discs’ diameter measures 365 millimeters. You also have the steel friction rings with perforated outer contours. These rings are attached to the aluminum brake caps with pins. This direct setup helps lessen tensions, while also helping the heat disappear quickly. As a result, the car is better able to avoid temperature peaks. The friction rings also have a new shape that makes it three kilograms lighter and helps in making the unsprung masses more balanced.
The RS 5 Coupe has calipers that are ultra shiny black. The front calipers have eight pistons. You can opt to equip the car with the carbon fiber-ceramic front discs. Meanwhile, you have the electronic stabilization program that offers you the choice to enter the sport mode.
The RS 5 also offers a new kind of damping technology if you ask for it. This sport suspension system has dynamic ride control. The shock absorbers are connected by hydraulic lines with the valve at the center. When you turn a corner at fast speeds, this helps stabilize your front outside wheel with a three-stage damping process.
The RS 5 Coupe also offers the driving dynamics system as a standard. This gives the driver three different modes: comfort, dynamic, and auto. Each of these modes has its own effects on the steering, the accelerator, and the seven-speed S tronic. Opt for the Audi MMI navigation system, and you have access to a fourth mode: the individual, where the driver takes care of the configuration. The Audi drive select’s dynamic mode can also regulate the sound of your exhaust system, and the double clutching during downshifting.