We at AutoExperience already dedicated some words to the new A4/A5 cars from the well known manufacturer based in Ingolstadt, Germany. But today things got more exciting, because Audi brought its RS (rennsport) version of the new A5 to Geneva.
(Are you a Dutch Audi dealership and interested in a review (including pictures) of the new A5/S5/RS5 by us, which will of course be published online, let us know!)
To start with our opinion on the cars design: we are impressed. Where the regular A5 and even the S5 were a bit tame and missed the brute presence of the previous A5, this RS model by Quattro GmbH does everything right by combining the beautiful timeless design of the regular A5 with some powerful extras. The black carbon front splitter, skirts, and smoked headlights are some of these. The extra ‘mini-intake’ left and right from the center grille is an attractive sporty extra with makes it easy identifiable as an RS5.
The interior gets similar treatment: Various carbon elements, beautiful quilted leather with a red / black theme, and a very tasty alcantara steering wheel which you want to grap just from the pictures only. Combine this with what already was the nicest interior in a D-segment car and the overall impression is very good.
Engine-wise, we have a 2.9 litre V6 with two turbo’s. The powerplant produces an impressive 450hp and 600Nm of torque. This is more than the 4.2 V8 which was present in earlier renditions of the RS4 and RS5. Acceleration to 100 kph is below 4 seconds and with the optional Performance package top speed is limited at 280 kph.
The car will probably available later this year (2H2017) and will cost roughly the same as competitors like the BMW M4 and the fresh Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio (90-120k, depending which country you live due to taxes).