• Apr 11, 2009
The crew at Audi's quattro GmbH division remains hard at work. Now that the TT-RS is out in the open, the next assignment is the RS5. Given that the recently-introduced S4 features Audi's new, supercharged 3.0-liter V6, it might have been expected that the RS5 would get a higher output version of that engine. Another option might have been the 5.2-liter V10 that does service in the S6 and S8. Instead, it appears that a revised version of the 4.2-liter V8 from the last-generation RS4 will find its way into the coupe. In RS5 trim, the V8 is expected to crank out 450 hp with a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed S-Tronic gearboxes. In true Audi form, all the wheels will get driven all the time.

If the RS5 does indeed come to the party with a 450 hp V8 it may truly be a sign that the German horsepower wars are winding down. With CO2 limits coming to the EU, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

[Source: Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Modern Audis have become as boring looking as 1980s Oldmobiles and Buicks. There is a mild attractiveness factor to the A5 but it still doesn't stand out as anything special given its cost. Yes, Audis make for a decent drive, but almost anyone can make a decent drive these days. I agree with MazdaFTW above that somehow the prospect of a small butt-kicking little whip like a Focus RS is way more appealing than the bloated fat overpriced oversized cram-a-big-engine-in-it luxmobiles anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (((If the RS5 does indeed come to the party with a 450 hp V8 it may truly be a sign that the German horsepower wars are winding down. With CO2 limits coming to the EU, it was bound to happen sooner or later.)))

      What a nonsens...the A5, S5, RS5 is the Coupe version of the A4. The RS5 is in direct competition with the e92 M3 (Coupe) like the (B7) RS4 was the benchmark for the e90 M3 (4door)... getting 450hp from a 4.2l V8 in the A4/A5 class means the hp war still continues...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What do you think would be faster the new Audi V8 with the 4.2 or the BMW M3?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me the twin turbo v10 from the RS6 please :).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now /that/ is a motor!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It won't have a manual six speed for the US.
      Tip or doubleclutch manumatic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much power could they make out of the new supercharged V6? Bet it would be a stump-puller!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the RS4 engine would sound nice in the coupe, it's just asking for more power.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this car doesn't need any more power, it's a beast.
      a sexy beast!
      • 5 Years Ago
      According to uk Car magazine, this is actually a twin-turbo charged V8. Sounds good to me either way
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      450hp is still a lot of horses.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Now that the TT-RS is out in the open, the next assignment is the RS5."

      The next assignement? LOL, Audi has been working on the RS5 for months...
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