The 2018 Audi Rs 5 has been confirmed for the US market at the North American launch of the Audi Sport brand at the 2017 New York Motor Show. The RS8 2018 power is a new V-6 at Double 2.9-liter turbo with 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque coupled exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. As with all Audi performance cars, the RS 5 comes standard with all drive wheels. Alongside the RS 3 and the TT RS, the RS 5 will be one of the newest additions to Audi’s high-performance range, which currently consists of the R8 and RS 7.
Other promotional products on the 2018 RS 5 include a lowered sport suspension with dynamic driving control, specific RS steering calibration, sport-alloy rear differential, ceramic carbon brakes and Audi Drive Select, which allows the driver to choose between A number of driving modes including an individual mode that allows you to customize the powertrain, chassis and steering of the car accordingly. Inside, the RS 5 cabin features a flat-bottomed steering wheel, RS-specific sport seats, Nappa leather upholstery with optional diamond seams, a head-up screen and special RS screens in the system Virtual Cockpit that provides additional information such as torque and G forces. Audi’s MMI info entertainment system with available touch controls is also available with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Just like its predecessor, the new RS5 has a catchy black grid, flanked by large air intakes and a quick grip. The contrasting silver combination and the most important quattro logo are grouped together by a set of subtle RS badges and four inflated wheel arches. This new model is 15mm wider than the car it replaces and is more aggressive.
The new LED headlamps will be offered as an option, while the aluminum trim, contrasting black roof and 19-inch alloy wheels are all standard features. If the RS5 does not seem imposing enough, it can be equipped with very large 20-inch alloy wheels.
Two large oval exhaust pipes are installed in an aggressive rear diffuser which is complemented by a selection of RS-specific cutting parts. These can be customized through a choice of three finishes – glossy black, carbon fiber or aluminum.
A whole series of sporting features will be adapted to the cabin of this new model to ensure that it differs from the A5 standard. Black leather lenses, RS logos embossed in the front headrests and the flat-bottomed steering wheel make it feel much more special than the standard car, while an optional RS package – with contrasting red seams and a Alcantara trim – and an option in Nappa leather With distinctive honeycomb seams are also available.
The new 2018 Audi RS5 is 74mm longer than the old car and serves a bit more rear legs accordingly. Unfortunately, the room for maneuver is still quite limited and climbing in the back will no longer be facilitated by the bulky sports seats.
A special RS version of Audi’s virtual cockpit replaces the analog dials with a digital display, while the MMI Plus navigation system adds an easy-to-use touchpad, WiFi WiFi and Apple Car Play Auto connection.
The all-new 2.9-liter double-turbo V6 produces 443 hp and much more torque than the last car. The optional dynamic package allows a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 174mph. On average, the RS5 can return 32.5mpg – a significant gain in efficiency on the outgoing model thanks to having poured 60kg.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s all-wheel-drive Quattro. Audi also offers the car with adjustable shock absorbers, allowing drivers to pass between a smooth ride when driving around the city or a stiffer ride for more lively driving by clicking a few options on the infotainment system.
The RS5 will be available to order in May with the first cars delivered in summer. Entry-level cars will cost from £ 62,900, while top-spec models can cost over £ 70,000.