• Apr 1, 2010
Audi RS5 – Click above for a high-res image gallery

It's been a little while since anything with an RS badge came our way from Ingolstadt, but it if you believe the whispers floating around the Web these days, there may be hope for a U.S.-spec Audi RS5 just yet. Automobile is reporting that the company is seriously mulling bringing the S5's meaner brother to our neck of the woods.

The Kingdom of Quattro pulled the sheets off of the sinister coupe at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and our jaws have been on the floor ever since. Under the hood sits a tweaked 4.2-liter V8 with 450 horsepower at the crank. The mill is bolted to none other than the Audi Quattro all-wheel drive system, complete with a new torque-vectoring rear diff.

Automobile hasn't gone so far as to name a source for the rumors, which leads us to take this one with a Q7-sized grain of salt. Still, if it were true, we may have our sticky paws on an RS5 by summer 2012, right around the same time the refreshed A5 is scheduled to hit the U.S. Keep your fingers crossed and your hopes down.



[Source: Automobile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      will CB problem come standard?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty please with a cherry on top!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, look. Audi makes their own Camaro... only uglier.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, the RS5 is ugly..now I've heard everything..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @aman, did you even think about that before you typed it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In all fairness, it's not ugly but it is most definitely slab sided, dull looking and would be better suited to a Toyota or Lexus line-up. The best thing it has going for it is that Bangle wasn't involved.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come on man, April Fool's jokes are supposed to be funny.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, WTF? The A5/S5/RS5 is one of the best if not the best looking coupes out there. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I could afford it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The RS5 is a FAIL because Audi should have added forced induction to the 4.2 V8.
      THE RS5 IS A FAIL BECAUSE AUDI SHOULD HAVE ADDED FORCED INDUCTION TO THE RS5'S 4.2 V8.

      I was planning on buying the next RS4 (sedan) new, but I won't now that it's naturally aspirated. I may buy one used down the road and add my own forced induction (Eaton TVS or twin turbos). So, I hope it does come to the states.

      Stock vs Stock, I don't know why anyone would buy the RS5 over a Nissan GTR or Porsche Panamera.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry for the double sentence and double post. My connection to Autoblog timed out and I reposted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it on - in stick please. No need to revisit the blunder that was the late VW R32.
      • 4 Years Ago
      please, no more april fool's jokes, okay?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a stunning car...like they would not bring this to North America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Audi Arena...

        I don't figure that the A5 Sportback was better looking than RS5.

        But it is one of the only 5-door sedans with a manual option, and AWD. Subaru sure as hell doesn't make one.

        Part of me wants a coupe, but another part really wants something that can carry a box that might be too large to fit through a trunk portal. And A5 coupe is not a liftback hatch. I wish it was.

        And an A5 Sportback might be attainable under my budget. RS5 not unless my situation drastically changes soon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic

        I have an '03 A6 2.7T (6-Sp. Manual) with over 115,000km on it. It's been fairly extensively tuned and it has run without a hiccup. I also have an '07 A4 2.0T (6-Sp. Manual), also extensively tuned with over 75,000km and has also run without a hiccup.

        When you have a turbocharged vehicle, you must keep in mind that certain considerations need to be kept in mind during start-up and cool-down. If you take care of your engine, it should last a long time without giving you any trouble. And, for the most part, the considerations you'd take with a forced-induction motor and the same you'd take for a naturally-aspirated motor.

        Besides, boosted engines can be a heck of a lot more fun, especially if you're not satisfied with stock power outputs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a turbocharged Subaru. I know what a pressurized engine is like.

        I also have a NA 6-cylinder subaru, and an an I4 Miata... and I know how simple and straight forward those systems are.

        Turbos are great. But one bit of sludge in the wrong place, one over-heat episode, one mishap can cause damage to a turbocharger, and if the damage is severe enough, or persists, a 40,000 RPM center section can seize, or develop excessive play in it's bearings, and contact it's own housing, and break compressor vane bits, and blow them into the engine.

        Other subarus, and other turbocharged cars have done so, even with meticulous maintenance.

        Superchargers are simpler, but are still added complexity.

        Even a non-turbo failure can cause a turbo failure. An oiling system or cooling system failure can cause damage to the turbo. Turbo-induced pre-detonation can cause other engine damage.

        That is rare. I am the first to admit it. But that is also why I am changing my opinion, and starting to prefer a healthy NA car as a commuter, and keeping the fun turbocharged car for the weekend, fair weather toy.

        The toy can be enjoyed, and great if it is 100% reliable.

        I don't want to be behind the 8-ball with several thousand dollars of repair work, ~5K for a subaru, but a TT Audi S4, or other cars like a Z32 300ZX TT could probably double that...

        If it knocks out a toy car, one can save, and work toward getting it fix.

        If it knocks out a commuter and daily relied-upon car, you'd better have cash in hand, and fast, and a heck of a lot of trust that your mechanic isn't punching his meal ticket more than they should off that nice chunk of billable hours.

        I like turbos and superchargers, but there is also something sublime about a very well running engine that is "all motor."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Boxer: The A5 sportback doesn't look as good in person.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As fine as RS5 is... I'd much rather have the availability of the A5 Sportback.

        Oh, and an option for the 3.2 NA V6 with a 6-speed manual and Quattro, without having to step up to the S5 variant $$$.

        Not that it matters. the 3.2 V6 A4/A5 cars are above 44 grand anyway... but I might have considered really searching one out on the used market in a couple years.

        I know everyone is in love with turbos now... and I like them very much myself.

        But they have a tendency to fail BIG when they do fail, and take engines with them. I'd love a turbo in a weekend toy car. I don't want to be behind the 8 ball if a turbo fails in my daily driver that I need to commute with.

        Is it so much to ask for a nicely done 6-cylinder, with a manual gearbox and AWD, all in the same good looking car?

        The RS5 is a very nice car. The R8 is even better. But they are not particularly within the realm of reality for the average professional salaried employee as a daily driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do Audi front ends remind me of a Kenworth?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll sell all my cars and get one of these. Bring 'em over Audi!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      THE RS5 IS A FAIL BECAUSE AUDI SHOULD HAVE ADDED FORCED INDUCTION TO THE RS5'S 4.2 V8.

      I was planning on buying the next RS4 (sedan) new, but I won't now that it's naturally aspirated. I may buy one used down the road and add my own forced induction (Eaton TVS or twin turbos). So, I hope it does come to the states.

      Stock vs Stock, I don't know why anyone would buy the RS5 over a Nissan GTR or Porsche Panamera.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You make me laugh, "dude".
        I am a REAL buyer who IS cross shopping the three.

        I live in the northeast and choose not to subject my C6 to winter roads. I want a daily driver that will give me high performance, a back seat, dual clutch transmission, and AWD for my weekly ski trips.
        The RS5/RS4, GTR, and Panamera all fit my criteria.

        My "beef" is lack of progression and evolution. The new RS5 with the addition of forced induction would have been an improvement to the previous RS4. Although I'm happy about the DSG, this is a lateral move in my opinion. The S4 should have received the new with N/A RS5 engine making 400-450hp and the RS5 should have received a 500hp 4.2 with a new TVS Eaton supercharger or twin turbo.

        Either way, if you're not a REAL buyer, your opinion doesn't matter.
        Are you a REAL buyer ???

      • 4 Years Ago
      Dare I say I'd rather take a CTS-V Coupe? And that the interior on the CTS-V might even be...gulp...better than this Audi?
        • 4 Years Ago
        pass the crack pipe! no way in the world the daddy interior compares! Ill say it again, No way! That said I don't have to wait years for the RS5 and its already 2 years late as it stands!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want it, need it, goto have it.
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