Audi RS5 revealed in New york
The 2018 Audi RS5 has made its official debut at this year’s New York Auto Show. Powering the RS5 is a new 2.9L twin-turbo V6 pushing out 334 kW (just a shade less than the outgoing V8) and 600 Nm of torque at 1900 RPM through to 5000 RPM. All that power will make it’s way to the wheels via an 8 speed automatic transmission, and, as with most Audi performance cars, through the ever improving Quattro all-wheel-drive system. With the optional RS Dynamic package, Audi claim 0-100 km/h will be taken care of in 3.9 seconds an should you keep your right foot down long enough, you’ll top out at 280 km/h .
The new Audi RS5 comes with a host of go-fast tech- lowered sports suspension, RS specific steering calibration, carbon ceramic brakes, and a sports rear differential. Dynamic Ride Control hydraulically links the dampers to reduce body roll and pitch, helping the RS5 get around the bends. The Audi ‘Drive Select’ system allows the driver to select from a number of driving modes, or an ‘individual’ mode that lets you tailor the powertrain, chassis and steering to your needs. 19 inch wheels come standard, with 20 inch as an option. The Fenders now sit 0.6 inches wider and the rear end gets a fixed rear ‘wing’ (it’s more of a little lip).
True to Audi form, the interior is immaculately finished. RS specific features include, a flat bottom steering wheel, RS Sports seats and Nappa leather upholstery with optional diamond stitching. A head-up display means you’ll never need to take your eyes off the road, unless you want to take a sneaky glance at the virtual cockpit display which will tell you how much G-force you’re pulling or to which wheels all your torque is going. Audi’s MM infotainment system is available with touch pad controls and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
No word has been given on a South African launch date, but you can expect it to cost in the region of R1.2 million when it does eventually make it to SA shores.