Monday 30th of November 2015

Audi RS5 Coming to the US After All?


2011 Audi RS5

We just got word of a rumor reporting that the coveted Audi RS5 super-coupe might end up coming to the States, despite Audi’s saying it’s for the European market only. Last month we learned that the RS5 will get a naturally aspirated version of the wonderful 4.2-liter V8 engine found in the R8. In the RS5, it will produce 450 hp with 317 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to propel itself from zero to 60 mph in only 4.6 seconds. The standard transmission is Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic box, with sadly no word of a manual transmission anywhere.

If we convert the 77,700 Euro base price into US Dollars though, it ends up running more than $105,000 – a price I’m not sure enough people are willing to pay.

What’s interesting is that Audi dropped the 4.2-liter V8 mill from the S5 this year, and now they’re just tuning it for a bit more power and throwing it into a slightly modified version of the S5 and charging over $20,000 more for it. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of additions that make the RS5 a worthwhile upgrade (like the new center differential, for example,) but by breaking that $100K mark, I think too many buyers will consider a different model instead.

I understand Audi’s hesitation bringing the RS5 over here, but I have to admit I’m glad they’re (potentially) deciding to do just that.

source: Automobile


2 Responses to “Audi RS5 Coming to the US After All?”
  1. Dee Anderson says:

    Can anyone explain why the horsepower numbers went up on the new RS 5 but the torque hardly changed at all? I’m not a technician but I thought a forced induction would raise torque as well as horsepower. A supercharged version of the 4.2 liter V8 S5 by MTM is cranking 505hp and over 400 lbs/ft torque for close to the same price as the new RS 5.

    I’ve driven a dual clutch system and know it is the best way to go if you want to win races. Hoorah for Audi.

    • Chris says:

      The RS5’s V8 is NA, not forced induction. It’s just a tuned version of the regular 4.2-liter they use in the rest of the lineup.

      About the transmission – you’re right about it being the faster choice if your goal is to win races, but it’s not the best choice if you want to have the best possible driving experience overall.

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