• Aug 20th 2009 at 11:00AM
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Extra flared fenders, furrowed-brow visage, and a sinister matte black paintjob, all accompanied by a V8 snarl. While it's a development prototype, the RS5 mule snapped during lucky-dog brake testing duty in the Alps strikes us as the perfect look for a topped-out Audi two-door built for high speed strafing. When a car is coated in matte black and backs it up with 400-plus horsepower of engine, it means business, and the RS5's stock in trade will be all-wheel drive enabled speed.

If Audi really wants its new coupe variant to be tough, we propose sending a mule or two out for torture at the hands of automotive journalists. Thanks for the tip, Julio!

[Source: Next Autos]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      looks even more front heavy in that view

      i'm just not sure i like having 60% of the car's weight hangin over he wheels that do the steering

      they need to focus on that balance and stop with makig so many variants
      i'm sure the TT can be tuned for an exra 50HP without and issue
      spend some money on moving hte weight backwards Audi
        • 6 Years Ago
        so what
        did I say the Evo is any better
        • 6 Years Ago
        always amazing that the not realy extrem front heavy of the Audi is always a topic..

        the S5 is less front heavy than other AWD performance car why should a RS5 with the same engine but more power more front heavy... the S5 has 57/43 the Evo X has 58.2/41.8...and the weight different is just 100lbs
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't like matt black on anything, looks like dark primer. But the RS5 is so hot. My boss has the S5, so I can only imagine what this version will be like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe this makes me crazy, but I *like* the matte black look. Not on all cars, obviously, but I feel like it really works well here.

      Those wheels look nice, too. Fill the wells and they don't seem overly blingy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does anyone else fail to see flared fenders.... ?

      I'm going to be really pissed if this is the same RS4 engine and the car just has a different front bumper. Thats not an RS model...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this coming to the U.S.?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Given Audi's history, I'd say unlikely.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the front and rear fenders (and possibly the hood) are covered with stretched plastic sheeting to conceal the revised fender fender design (notice (1) the bubbling in the sheeting near the C pillar and (2) the character line on the upper part of the door that abruptly ends at the leading and trailing edges of the door). Still hoping for ur-Quattro style boxed fender flairs, so maybe that's what's underneath the plastic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh it looks good flat black, and with the front spoiler like the TT-RS. If Audi is on the supercharger kick with the V6, how hard would it be for them to put one on the S5 and push another horsepower with a intercooler or two.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      It really works. SWEET.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For sure this is the RS5? Looks awfully like this AVUS Performance A5.

      • 6 Years Ago
      ::just shed a tear::

      That is one beautiful car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems like Audi is doing a lot these days.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So I guess that the games over trying to out power BMW and Mercedes. They made a car 4 years younger than the M6 with 100 less hp.

        That's going backwards.

        BTW, I want that GT3 RS with 450 NA hp matted to a manual 6 speed transmission. That's what heaven is. Give me that, a pass to Laguna Seca, sans the financial worry of wrecking the car and I would have a blast.
        • 6 Years Ago

        not Audi is trying to catch up with BMW or Mercedes...

        since many years Audi set the pace and BMW and Mercedes try to catch up...

        2000 Audi RS4 380PS
        2000 BMW E46 M3 343PS
        2005 Audi RS4 420PS
        2007 BMW E92 M3 420PS
        2010 Audi RS5 450PS
        20?? BMW M3 ???PS

        The A5/S5/RS5 is the Coupe version of the A4... like the e92 is the 3series Coupe version of the e90 saloon and the e91 is the 3series wagoon

        Audi has no direct M6 fighter because they have no super luxury large front engine Coupe... like BMW has no midengine supersportcar to counter the R8 and R8 V10
        • 6 Years Ago
        I always thought Audi's 5 is actually the 6's coupe counterpart...

        But anyhow, the BMW 6 will get its competitor when the Audi 7 arrives... can't wait.
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