Audi’s RS5 Coupe is set to arrive in Australia in December with a base price of $156,600.
The two-door Gran Turismo will be the first RennSport model to sit on the new MLBevo architecture, which brings a new suspension layout for more dynamic handling that’s assisted by a 60kg weight loss over the previous generation.
The powertrain is all new too, with the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 331kW and 600Nm (170Nm more than the previous model’s V8 donk) and is mated to an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission that sends power to all four corners through a 60:40 rear-biased quattro all-wheel-drive system.
While the V6 engine is smaller than its V8 predecessor, it reaches full torque at a lower band – between 1900-5000rpm – resulting in 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds, 0.8 quicker than before.
The RS5’s race inspired design include the gaping single frame hexagonal radiator grille, flanked by broad air intakes and bulging wheel arches which have been widened by 15mm but seem more pronounced thanks to its significantly lower stance.
Sporty accents include an RS-specific diffuser insert, oval tailpipes, surface-mounted spoiler lip and 20-inch wheels available in a variety of designs.
Sonoma green metallic is an exclusive paint finish available for the RS 5 Coupé.
Inside, the RS5 Coupe is bathed in black with sporty details including Nappa leather RS sports seats, flat bottomed multi-function steering wheel and a smattering of RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims and gear selector.
Audi ‘virtual cockpit’ cockpit, which display also features RS exclusive functions such as torque and g-forces, comes as standard kit along with digital radio and a premium Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system.
Other standard features include LED headlights, gloss black exterior styling package, panoramic glass sunroof, privacy glass and red-painted brake calipers, quattro sport rear differential, RS sports exhaust system and Dynamic Ride Control with adaptive dampers.