Just as we got our hands on the leaked sales brochure for the upcoming RS5, Audi trickles in some details about the car to keep our mouths watering until the Geneva show in March. So what does the RS5 have to offer?
Just as we expected, the super-coupe will feature Audi’s fantastic 4.2-liter V8, though it will be naturally-aspirated and not turbo or supercharged. Output is a healthy 450 hp with 317 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 60 mph comes in 4.6 seconds with Audi’s typical electronic governor kicking in at 155 mph. If you ask nicely though, Audi will bump up the top speed to 174 mph. Power is transmitted to all four wheels by the seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic gearbox, and nothing was mentioned of a manual transmission.
The RS5, which will be available in spring for MY 2011, has some unique details on the interior as well. Standard sport seats are power-adjustable and are clad in a leather and Alcantara combination. If you’re looking for something sportier, lighter and manually-adjustable bucket seats are available. On the other end of the spectrum, climate-controlled and heavily upholstered comfort seats are an option. Carbon fiber accents adorn the interior, along with aluminum and aluminum-look accents here and there. Other trim options are available, including “decorative inlays with a dark, stainless-steel mesh look, a black piano finish or brushed aluminum.” The driver information display also includes a lap timer and oil temp setting for taking your car to the track.
The 2011 Audi RS5 will get about 22 mpg average, which is impressive for a car of this caliber. On sale this Spring, the RS5 starts at a hefty 77,700 euros, or $105,590 USD.
The RS5 is not currently planned to come to America, but I’m hoping Audi decides to change their mind about that – this would be a great ride to have here in the States.