GALLERY: Audi RS5, BMW M3′s Rival, To Step On Geneva Motor Show Stage
The Audi RS5 is the model that Audi can be proud of, 450 HP and high performance.
The guys who mourn for Audi RS4 are now very happy; his spirit will go on with the Audi RS5 version. Initially we guessed right that the V8 and 4.2-liter of the Berlin torpedo will continue the carrier and will continue to keep the pace with the times, developing 450 HP and 332 lb-ft. Being a thoroughbred sports car, the naturally aspired engine reaches its peak at high rpms, the peak of the horsepower is delivered at 8,250 RPM and torque peak has high values between 4,000 RPM and 6,000 RPM.
On this model could not miss the S-Tronic transmission with double clutch – no manual gearbox yet – and obviously the emblematic quattro drive, omnipresent in the DNA of RS models. And that ingredient is definitely the thing to help the RS5 in its duel with the rival, the BMW M3, facilitating at least on paper, better performances than the Bavarian rival, and having a large capacity to vary torque distribution to the two axles, from 70/30 to 15/85. To improve handling of the RS5, as optional, you can order a differential rear axle; this model is very delicious for letting those who want maximum performance.
It’s heavier than the BMW M3, 3,803 pounds, but not enough to be penalized by the Bavarian which has 3,645 pounds. Thus the Audi RS5 catches 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155 mph. For those who want more, the Audi may partly remove this censorship, and then it will reach a maximum speed of 174 mph. Reverse is not high fuel consumption, contrary, and this model has a stated average consumption of 23.5 mpg. But perhaps those who want to achieve and have bought nothing this model. Speaking of that, the price announced for Europe will be about 77,000 euros (about $106,000), a sum that makes a fair bid.
No by chance I kept the description of the design last, letting the performance speak its mind first. This model, maybe, is lacking the scoop on the hood and carbon fiber roof, but recovers by the huge air intakes, saucy spoiler that rises at 50 mph and huge exhaust. Shades are available in number of 8 colors and also can order parts carbon fiber body. The interior, combines rigor with impeccable German sports seats. The launch will be in Geneva, but we expect the first duel between this model and traditional rivals.