• Feb 20, 2010
2011 Audi RS5 - Click above for high-res image gallery

The next über-model from Audi's Quattro GmbH division won't officially debut in Geneva for another week, but images from its brochure have already made their way onto the web. The Audi RS5 coupe will no doubt take the performance of Audi's B8 platform to levels beyond the much-loved and departed RS4. What we don't know at this point is how high that level will go, and what the motive power will be.

It's probably safe to assume it'll fall somewhere between the 420 horsepower of the Audi RS4 and the 571 hp of the current Audi RS6. Since the V10 used the R8 and RS6 isn't really in keeping with Audi's current engine-downsizing philosophy (not to mention that the 10-cylinder probably wouldn't fir into the smaller A5's engine bay), perhaps we'll a turbo or supercharged version of the 4.2-liter V8 in the current S5, or a maybe even a more severely amplified version of the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 from the S4. Either way, we can't wait to get our hands on the RS5. A tip of the hat to Liam!



[Source: AUSmotive.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      At last, this day has come, and I am not disappointed in the least. I am curious about not showing a 6 speed, but I think the latest dual clutch transmissions have been very good...the LP640 for example. Now I just need to see this in Audi Sprint Blue.

      I'm guessing the engine will be a 4.2 Supercharged. Although a higher displacement 4.5 would be spectacular.
      • 4 Years Ago
      About time Audi. This car is about two years late and the TT-RS didn't cut it IMO but all can be forgiven if this thing has the performance that we've been waiting for. Definitely a car that I would take over the M3, C63... Looks incredible so far!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        AK very track test of the TT-RS tells this critics they are idiots and they come only from the UK... the TT-RS clealry outperformce cars like the WRX STI, Evo X, 370Z at every track it gets tested

        at the autocar dry handling test in the UK it left this cars clearly behind at the track
        Caymen S, C63 AMG, Evo X MR, M5, RS4, IS F..there it was only 0.4s behind the Murcielago LP640

        at Evomagazine from the UK it was close to R8, XJ220 perfromance and faster than Elise SC, RS6, Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder, Shelby GT500, C63 AMG, Mugen Honda Civic Type RR and R(the highly expansive 20cars limited edition model), WRX STI, VXR Bathurst S

        at the sportauto northloop test it was as fast as a BMW M6 only 4s behind the e92 M3, faster than Evo, F355, M5, ISF Boxster S, Caymen S, 370Z, Camaro SS, WRX STI..etc. etc.

        at the Sachsenring it beat the Lotus Evora (in the UK it recived the perfomance car of the year 2009 award), RS6, e93 M3, 370Z, Z4 Sdrive 35i
        it was only 0.5s behind the PDK equipped e92 M3
        • 4 Years Ago
        sounds about right, i'm a sucker for fi five bangers :P. Sounds great to, saw a cab not to long ago. I dunno though, the very first rs car isn't that far off from the TT-RS in terms of... we.. everything but the coupe vs wagen shape.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In what way didn't it cut it? The TT-RS doesn't compete with the M3 or C63, it competes with the likes of the SLK and Z4, though it's faster than SLK, or Z4, and a good deal lighter, i'm curious how that doesn't 'cut it' in your opinion? Or are you simply not a fan of the design?
        • 4 Years Ago
        zamafir - The TT-RS didn't cut it because it lacks the full characteristics of an Audi RS car, not that competes with an M3. I'm very aware what it competes with. It has been criticized for not having having the dynamics of the RS4, and definitely not the R8. It uses Haldex and it doesn't have the Quattro Sport Differential. Doesn't have flared fenders anymore than the current TT. Overall, it has the wrong chassis but the right engine. My opinion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just got the Press Release in my inbox. It's a 4.2-liter V8 putting out 450 hp and (allegedly) getting just over 21 mpg, mapped to a seven-speed S tronic. Revs to 8,250 rpm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a simple formula Audi SHOULD use:

      Aluminum/CF frame from the A5 lightweight concept + the flared body/aero treatment of the RS5 in the brochure + the retuned 450+hp 4.2L V8 + sport differential. Call it a day.

      Can you say low 4-sec 0-60 times, flickable oversteer in dynamic mode(watch the Drivers Republic B8 S4 Avant video on youtube), and, dare I say, a track star?

      I can dream!!!

      Knowing Audi, it'll still be 3600+lbs and still slower/less fun than the M3. I still LOVE the RS5...its drop dead gorgeous, whether it ends up being a track star or just a grand tourer. BTW, that front chin is from the TT-RS and that rear valence looks a helluva lot better than the fugly M3 rear!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh boy, looks like the fender arches are not wider than the regular A5, this means the RS5 bumpers will sell like hot cakes to all the wannabes with A5s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        take a closer look. The fenders are flared in the same manner as the RS6. Only it's more difficult to see with the horizontal character line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow this could be the sexiest car ever created. I dont know who designed it be damn they know what their doing. now if i only had the 60+grand its going to cost, i would love to take one home.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Walter da Silva designed it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or do all these pictures look like they came from a Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo cut scene? I'm sure this is what the car will look like, but these images have been massaged to the point of being totally "artificial".

      And not that I'm not excited to see ANY new RS offering from Audi, but this one doesn't stir my blood the way the bulging muscular lines of the RS4 did. This one's just too...bleh. I'm sure it's positively brilliant to drive, however.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Most likely because it's using the RS6's cues to a degree. Most audi promotional shots feel like that, just like most of the red R8 shots
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful car, but I always seem to like the 4 doors better in the RS trim, which brings me to my question, is the RS4 ever coming back, specifically to U.S./Canada?, so hard to find any hard info on that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, not any time soon. BMW's a lot better about keeping M models throughout their lineup, as they're volume sellers now. Audi just takes their time, having released the RS6, now moving onto the RS5, I'm guessing the RS4 won't be out for another few years, starting the cycle again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do you guys proofread these things before posting?

      "Since the V10 used [in] the R8 and RS6..."

      "...10-cylinder probably wouldn't fi[t] into the smaller..."

      "...perhaps we'll [see] a turbo or supercharged..."

      Seriously? Three mistakes in all of what... 200 words?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That spoiler looks silly. Hopefully you can turn it off like the TT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        D'oh. Didn't notice that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, that's why there's a button near the gear shift for just that purpose
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front scoops, beneath the headlamps, have exactly the same finish as the VW New Compact Coupe.
      While I find it gorgeous, I don't like that both companies are borrowing so heavily from each other design wise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That rear end is so sexy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you prefer first gen idrive? The reason audi added more dedicated buttons to MMI is so drivers could quickly access all primary systems without having to negotiate menus to get there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @spark: I agree with you. I would hate scrolling through menus. Then again, i really don't need all those buttons in the first place. I mean, i have the gas....and the brake, and the steering wheel, A/C controls, radio/cd. The rest can be manually operated like seat controls steering column position, etc. And i would opt out of the in dash nav, overpriced and non mobile. So yes, i prefer buttons, but not as many.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but dang its button overload in the interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dat Diffuser
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