lbs per hp
105.7 hp per liter
mph (electronically limited)
(from Audi Press
Release) Audi to present the RS 5 in Geneva
•Coupé with 331 kW
(450 PS) high-revving V8 engine
•RS 5 also efficient - 10.8 liters per 100 km (21.78 US mpg)
•Newly-developed center differential for quattro drivetrain
Unbridled power lurking
in a classically elegant coupé: the Audi RS 5 will debut at the
Geneva Auto Show. The high-revving 4.2-liter V8 with its 331 kW (450
hp) unleashes powerful performance while achieving remarkable fuel
economy. The seven-speed S tronic and an innovative center
differential in the quattro drivetrain transmit power to all four
Developed by quattro GmbH, the RS models comprise the dynamic
spearhead of Audi‘s model range. The RS 5 is the latest torchbearer
in a tradition dating back over 15 years to the RS 2 Avant: superior
handling in the mid-size class.
A close relative of the V10 which powers the high-performance R8
sports car, the high-revving V8 engine delivers its output from a
displacement of 4,163 cm3. Like nearly every Audi gasoline engine,
this one also operates via direct fuel injection known by the
abbreviation FSI. This same technology has propelled the Audi R8
racing car to four triumphs at the classic endurance race in Le
Mans. The common-rail system generates up to 120 bars of pressure.
Intensive fine-tuning of the dual-branch intake and exhaust system
allows the undersquare engine to breathe freely; four adjustable
camshafts and tumble flaps in the intake manifold facilitate mixture
formation. The 4.2 FSI provides imposing torque and is right at home
even at high revs – almost like a race engine. The engine delivers
331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm and – between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm -
transmits a maximum of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque.
The vigorous strength, the spontaneous responsiveness, the joyful
high-revving, and the throaty, sonorous music: this V8 produced by
hand at Audi stunningly combines the essence of power and emotion.
The 4.2 FSI propels the coupé’s 1,725 kilograms (3,802.97 pounds) in
4.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) to an electronically
governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Audi can increase that
to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request.
Impressive efficiency: just 10.8
liters of fuel per 100 km
Efficiency is standard
in every Audi; the RS 5 is no exception. The ultra-powerful
eight-cylinder engine averages 10.8 liters of fuel per 100
kilometers (21.78 miles US mpg) - far less than its main
competitors. This impressive figure is due in part to the
technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform. The engine
and the entire drivetrain have been optimized to minimize friction,
the oil pump operates on demand, and an energy-recovery system
conserves energy during coasting and braking.
The standard seven-speed S tronic in the RS 5 – with its high
efficiency ratio and its high-geared top speed – also enhances
efficiency. It consists of two clutches and two subsidiary
transmissions. Both subsidiary transmissions are continuously
active, but only one is powered at any given time by the engine.
Gears are alternately shifted by the two clutches – at lightning
speed, smoothly, and almost imperceptibly.
The seven-speed S tronic, which was specially reinforced to
accommodate the high-revving V8, can operate in fully automatic mode
– or the driver can shift via the innovative selector lever or shift
paddles on the steering wheel. By means of the standard Audi drive
select, the driver can switch in automatic mode among three
different options: auto, comfort, and dynamic. In the launch control
program, the seven-speed S tronic ensures flawless acceleration from
a standstill – at full power and with minimal tire slip.
New quattro technology: the
Like all RS models, the
RS 5 also applies its power to the road with quattro permanent
all-wheel drive. As for the center differential, which regulates
power distribution between the front and rear axles, Audi – the
leading all-wheel-drive brand – unveils the next generation: a
The self-locking crown-gear center differential is compact and
lightweight – and attains a high efficiency ratio.
Thanks to its package of plates, the differential can widely vary
the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles. If
necessary, up to 70 percent can flow to the front or as much as 85
percent toward the tail end. The 40:60 ratio of the standard
rear-biased configuration ensures sporty handling.
This new differential operates in conjunction with electronic torque
vectoring, which affects all four wheels. If one of the inside
wheels becomes imbalanced while the vehicle is at its operational
limits, then the system slightly decelerates the wheel to obviate
wheel spin. This results in terrific traction on the one hand while
generating a yaw moment which aids cornering.
As a perfect complement to the new quattro drivetrain, Audi can
optionally position the sport differential at the rear axle. It
actively distributes torque between the rear wheels in order to
further boost stability and grip at the vehicle’s limits of
handling. The electronic management of the RS 5 sport differential
was designed to be uncompromisingly dynamic.
With regard to the springs, shock absorbers, elastokinematics, and
the anti-roll bars, the RS 5 chassis exhibits a sporty configuration
and renders the body 20 millimeters (0.79 inches) lower than that of
the Audi A5. The 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/35 tires are
standard. They are executed in an exclusive 5-arm structure design.
The RS 5 optionally comes with 20-inch wheels and 275/30 tires.
Winter wheels featuring the same dimensions are available; the
19-inch wheel is suitable for snow chains.
The brake system employs powerful and internally ventilated discs,
which measure 365 millimeters (14.37 inches) in diameter at the
front axle. In order to maximize the dissipation of heat, the steel
friction rings are perforated and connected by pins to the aluminum
brake discs. The high-gloss black brake calipers bearing RS logos
are likewise made of aluminum; the front calipers are fitted with
eight pistons each. Audi can optionally fit the front axle with
ceramic carbon-fiber brake discs measuring 380 millimeters (14.96
inches) in diameter. They are extremely lightweight, strong, and
durable. The electronic stabilization program (ESP) integrates a
sport mode and can be switched off entirely.
Even more dynamics: Audi drive
servotronic steering in the RS 5 is especially taut. The standard
Audi drive select (a vehicle-dynamics control system) allows the
driver to switch among three modes of operation – comfort, auto, and
dynamic – to adjust steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the sport
differential, the engine, and the exhaust system. And if the car is
equipped with the MMI navigation system, a fourth mode allows the
driver to customize their own profile.
As regards the engine, Audi drive select controls the exhaust
system’s two throttle valves and the sound flaps; when they open,
the rich sound becomes even more resonant. Along with the sport
differential, dynamic steering is another optional component of Audi
drive select. Dynamic steering adjusts the steering ratio to a
vehicle’s speed – directly for maneuvering at low speeds and
indirectly for traveling at highway speeds. At the vehicle’s
cornering limits, it automatically ensures smooth handling via minor
The RS 5 exudes an athletic and powerful identity; its classically
beautiful coupé styling dazzles with new and clear-cut accents. Its
single-frame grille bears a shiny charcoal-gray rhombus-pattern
grid. Xenon plus headlights boasting a sweeping strip of LED daytime
running lights are standard. The oversized air inlets for the
engine, front brakes, and the radiators are bordered by striking
contours. The newly designed bumper tapers downward into a splitter.
The flared fenders with the crisp horizontal upper edges are
reminiscent of a classic Audi: namely, the all-wheel-drive pioneer
Audi quattro, which itself debuted at the Geneva Auto Show 30 years
ago. The side sills bear angular caps; the trim strips on the
single-frame grille and near the side windows as well as the outside
mirrors’ covers feature a matt aluminum look. Eight different paint
finishes are available.
The tail end is dominated by two oval exhaust pipes integrated
within the bumper. A large diffuser protrudes prominently upward.
The spoiler in the tailgate automatically extends at a speed of 120
km/h (74.56 mph) and retracts at 80 km/h (49.71 mph).
The extensively clad underbody of the RS 5 integrates air vents for
the seven-speed S tronic and the front brakes. At highway speeds,
the aerodynamic characteristics of the RS 5 generate downforce to
further enhance stability.
Dynamic elegance: the interior
dynamically elegant styling extends to the interior. Sports seats
with pronounced side sections and integrated head restraints are
standard. They are electrically adjustable and feature a leather/Alcantara
combination. Alternatives include bucket seats with more prominent
contours and folding backrests or ventilated and luxuriously
upholstered climate-controlled comfort seats.
The steering wheel has a substantial rim and is covered with
perforated leather. The instruments have black gauges and white
lettering with distinctive scaling. When the ignition is switched
on, the red needles briefly rise high and then drop back down. The
driver information system integrates a lap timer for recording
circuit times and an oil-temperature gauge. Just like the optional
MMI navigation systems’ monitor, it displays an RS greeting upon
The interior is black and the decorative inlays are made of carbon
fiber. A fascia in the instrument panel features a piano finish. The
pedals, the footrests, and the optional MMI navigation systems’
control buttons gleam thanks to their aluminum look. Moreover, the
door handles consist of two slim strips – typical of Audi RS models.
Aluminum inserts adorn the door sill trims and RS 5 logos lend
dynamic highlights to the interior.
Upon request, truly exclusive features such as decorative inlays
with a dark, stainless-steel mesh look, a black piano finish or
brushed aluminum are available. Or seat upholstery featuring special
leathers and colors as well as silver headlining. In addition, the
Audi exclusive RS program offers options such as suede-covered
controls and floor mats bearing RS 5 logos.
A Carbon design package is available for the engine compartment and,
for the vehicle body, there are styling packages in black or matt
aluminum look. And the acoustically bold Sport exhaust system – also
with a sound flap – has black tailpipe trims.
Sales of the Audi RS 5 will begin in the spring. Its basic price
will be approximately 77,700 euros.