Set to arrive in Australia in December, the new RS 5 benefits from a new lighter, more rigid platform that underpins the regular A5 and S5 range, along with Audi’s latest safety and interior technologies.
Pricing starts at $156,600 plus on-road costs, representing a $1300 price cut compared to its predecessor.
Under the bonnet the new RS 5 ditches the previous model’s naturally aspirated V8 and moves to a new 331kW 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, with new-found levels of tractibility thanks to 600Nm of torque compared to the previous model’s 430Nm maximum.
The new RS 5 also swaps out its predecessor’s dual-clutch automatic transmission for a regular eight-speed auto with all-wheel-drive. Standing acceleration to 100 km/h takes 3.9 seconds, putting the Audi ahead of its chief German competitors.
Audi also touts improved fuel efficiency with the RS 5 returning an official 8.81/100km figure for an improvement of 16 percent compared to the previous generation.
The RS 5 is also up to 60 kilograms lighter than before, and is the first Audi RS model to use the brand’s latest chassis architecture, which will also feature in the upcoming Audi RS 4 wagon set to arrive in coming months.
Standard features will include Dynamic Ride Control adjustable suspension and a choice of driver modes feature as standard, with drivers able to personalise the car to their style through Audi’s Drive Select system.
Other standard items include 20-inch alloy wheels, Audi’s virtual cockpit digital dashboard, Apple CarPlay, a digital radio and a 3D sound system. The interior comes trimmed in Nappa leather with diamond stitched RS sports seats and a new Sonoma Green metallic paint finish will be optionally available exclusively for the RS 5
RS 5 - $156,600
Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs. Overseas model shown.
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