One negative of entering a new year in the northern hemisphere on Earth is being plunged right into the worst driving weather. Fortunately, with each passing day, the horizon of spring grows closer eventually allowing the icy, snow-covered roads to clear. Just in time to exploit the bare pavement surfaces in 2012, Audi has prepared their latest, refreshed high-performance street machines. Premiering their new S Line S6, S7 and S8 models at the past Frankfurt Motor Show for public release later this year, 2012 welcomes the infectiously dashing Audi RS5. Both a personal luxury coupe and a high-performance car, the Audi RS5 is reborn this spring.
Featuring Audi’s new fleet-side exterior design DNA, the 2013 model year RS5 is furiously serious about its intent to face off against the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe. Still making a firm statement for Audi’s modern luxury, the new affirmative angles of the sport coupe insures the vehicle will be an unmistakable speed demon (at the appropriate obeying the rules of the road). The refreshed Xenon plus headlamps featuring a strip of LED daytime running lights reins forward the Audi RS5 appearance. An optional Carbon design package can upgrade the RS5 sport coupe outer look and engine compartment.
Interior of the Audi RS5 continues to project the blend of performance/luxury grace the ‘RS’ badge has grown accustomed to providing to enthusiasts. The use of leather and Alcantara fills for the two-door’s cabin of the Audi RS5. Driver and front passengers sit in climate-controlled sport seats overlooking the best view of the yet-to-be conquered road. The Audi MMI navigation and entertainment system can be added as an option.
At the center of a largely stylistic revision for the 2013 model year, the Audi RS5’s naturally aspirated, direct-injected FSI 4.2 liter V-8 engine returns with all 450 horsepower. Accelerating from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a stout 4.6 seconds, top speed of the 2013 Audi RS5 can crest at just under 174 miles per hour when the electronic limiter is removed from the FSI 4.2 liter powerplant.
Moving with the 7-speed S Tronic transmission, drivers transitioning from the past Audi RS5 to the 2013 model will have one mechanical change coming from a new center differential. A crown-gear set-up engineered to work in conjunction with the quattro driver coupe’s electronic torque vectoring, Audi’s use of the self-locking differential provides the RS5 improved traction.
Audi’s recognition for the importance of North American auto sales has caused the luxury vehicle brand to relent to consumer pressures in bringing many products indigenous to Europe stateside. Kicked off with sale of the 360-horsepower TT-RS sports car, Audi has continued to reward their growing United States fan base with cars like the Audi R8 GT and most recently the A4-based Audi Allroad.
With American buyers excepting the redesigned Audi A5/S5 expected soon, it’s only be a matter of time until select North American motorists can realize the sensation of the quattro-driven RS5 sport coupe.
Information and photo source: Audi AG
Some sneaky spy photographers got some great snaps of a prototype Audi RS5 going around the Nurburgring recently. The RS5′s powerplant hasn’t been confirmed yet, but some speculate it will be receiving a detuned version of the RS6′s 580 horsepower, 5.2-liter twin-turbo V10. Due to Audi’s trend towards smaller (but frequently forced induction) engines, I’d suspect it’s more likely we’ll see a super- or turbo-charged version of the R8′s 4.2-liter V8. At any rate, expect the RS5′s power to exceed 500 horsepower.
As you can see from the photos, the 2011 RS5 has revised styling, but is slightly masked from the matte black wrap. The fenders are flared a bit, it has a wider track, the rear bumper is a bit beefier and has a new oval dual-exhaust, and the front fascia is flared with more angry-looking air intakes. It’s sitting on the same 20-inch wheels found on the RS6, and inside them are big drilled rotors. The aftermarket Recaro seats you see inside the car are only for the prototype, but may hint at using lighter-weight seats for the production version.
Now, we’re not even sure yet if the RS5 will be making over to our shores, but we’re hoping the 2011 (or 2010) RS5 will be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
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