• Apr 27, 2009
2010 Audi RS5 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Each successive batch of spy shots shows the 2010 Audi RS5 taking shape, and with development churning along at quick clip, we suspect Audi's newest M3 fighter will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Unlike previous images that captured the coupe traveling to and from Audi's engineering center, these latest pics show the RS5 at speed on the Nurburgring, revealing a retractable spoiler similar to the unit fitted on the R8 supercar. It's assumed that the new wing will deploy at a certain speed, and like its mid-engine sibling, expect a button on the dash that allows the driver to choose if the spoiler is up or nestled into the coupe's trunk-lid.

As reported previously, the RS5 will likely be powered by a tweaked version of the RS4/R8's 4.2-liter direct injected V8, sending 450 hp through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox before reaching all four wheels. Naturally, everything within the wheel wells will be upgraded, and these newest shots show RS-specific calipers in front, with discs barely squeezed into the 19-inch lightweight wheels.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      i wish they would make it matte black from the factory...the sides and wheels look hot
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe someone can answer this for me... What is that small sphere in the car's right front air intake? It's on the S4 as well. Asymmetry is a powerful statement, one of function over form. So what is that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I kind of like it -- it somehow reminds me of duke nukem's cigar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah but it's so "out there". Lexus manages to have their range finding gadgets hidden away or sculpted into the bumper line somehow. Doesn't it seem strange that such a mundane gizmo would be allowed to shout at you like that in such a performance oriented vehicle?
        • 5 Years Ago
        believe it or not it is the radar sensor for adaptive cruise control: the option that keeps you a set distance from the car in front of you. It's an option on the current S5, but I would not expect it to be standard equipment on the RS5
        • 5 Years Ago
        Might be a sensor of some sort, it is a mule after all
      • 5 Years Ago
      Straighten out that little hitch in the rear side window and it would LOOK like a BMW. BMW fighter indeed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I came. I saw. I came again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      mouthwatering...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one thinking that Audi is seriously dropping the ball by not offering a forced induction engine on this car? They currently have a bi-turbo 4 liter in development... suck it up and offer something that will not just keep up with the M3, but DOMINATE it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong, I love the A/S/RS-5.

        But I agree with you that Audi should be above 450hp with the
        4.2L.... ...6 years after the RS6 made the same power with FI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SWEET CAR!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just because a French magazine is reporting 450hp, I wouldn't call that gospel. Remember, even putting the 4.2 from the RS4 is still a rumor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice too see some Corrado in this Audi :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 (wishing that '91 G60 hadn't slipped through my fingers.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it, nothing about the styling of this car makes me want it. No doubt it's a great vehicle, but is there anything out there more vanilla than this? Even the BMW 1 coupe is better looking. I just don't get it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike, you're absolutely correct, the 1 series is unattractive. The only thing it has going for it is the performance because otherwise it's nothing more than an entry level BMW with the looks of an econo hatch. I guess your basing what the finished product RS5 will look like on a test mule that's 75% covered in plastic wrap - that's unfortunate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they're going to charge a lot more than comparable AMG, M, and F-Sport cars, they ought to offer a lot more power, as the RS4 did in its heyday against the M3 and C55 AMG.

      With 450 hp, it's going to be far from slow, but a C63 already offered 451 hp starting in 2008, and at 57K, it's over 10 grand less than the outgoing RS4.They should've twin-turboed or supercharged the regular 4.2L as they did with the original RS6.

      I would've wanted to see them push north of 475 hp, but that's just me nit-picking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. Audi needs to remember than in the USA it is still a power-game. Very few people are actually taking these to the racetrack, so they are going to need something that will blow everything out of the water... Expecially since the C63 is 451 hp, and with a chip gets over 500hp...

        I'm just saying, if I were to drop a ton of loot on this sexy new car and then get roasted by some toolbag in a stupid Mercedes, I would be PISSED.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. But there is still much that is undisclosed. We don't know the final power output, and there is little known about possible decreased weight. I have a good feeling Audi brought their 'A' game to the market with this car. I really want this car and I'm sure it will be much lighter than the C63, and will be far more exotic and exclusive looking on the street. I know where my dollar is heading!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nutbustalicious
        • 5 Years Ago
        ditto, quite hot!
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