Audi Unveils 2018 RS 5 Coupe at Geneva Motor Show
This week in Geneva, Volkswagen Group’s Audi brand debuts the first 5 sport coupe in its RS lineup, with a focus on performance and fuel efficiency. The new 2018 RS 5 compact premium coupe is powered by an all-new, twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 450 horsepower and more thrust—442 lb.-ft. of torque. The new powertrain replaces a 4.2-liter V-8, which reduces the car’s weight. Details about arrival in the United States have not been provided.
Inspiration for the RS 5 Coupe comes from Audi’s 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car, Audi officials say. Similar in looks to A5 and S5 coupes, the RS 5’s stance is more aggressive, featuring massive air inlets with a honeycomb pattern used on the front end of other RS models. The radiator grille is broader and flatter, and there are additional air intakes next to the headlights. Wheel arches have been widened by more than one-half inch. A diffuser insert, oval tail pipes, and slim spoiler complete the aerodynamic look of the RS 5 Coupe that rides on 19-in. alloy or optional 20-in. wheels.
Power is beholding to a quicker 2.9-liter TFSI V-6 biturbo engine that produces 442 lb.-ft. of peak torque—125 lb.-ft. more torque than the prior model’s engine. Mated with a sporty 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, shift times mesh with Audi’s full-time quattro all-wheel-drive system. The RS 5 Coupe reaches 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph, Audi says.
Inside, the RS 5 Coupe is upscale and all-black with sporty seats available in diamond-stitched Nappa leather. A flat-bottom RS steering wheel is standard along with RS badging on the seats, door sills, and gear selector lever. The virtual cockpit provides info. on tire pressure, torque, and g-forces, and the RS package features red contrast stitching for seat belts and an RS emblem for the floor mats. Audi Sport also offers the RS 5 Coupe in an exclusive Sonoma Green Metallic exclusive paint finish.
Lots of advanced safety and infotainment technologies are available—including MMI navigation, Audi Connect, head-up display, and 30 driver-assistance systems. The RS 5 Coupe will reach Europe’s showrooms in June.
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