New 2017 Audi RS5 Coupe hits Geneva with 444bhp

New hi-tech Audi RS5 Coupe arrives in Geneva with more power and a new design to be rolled out across the RS range.

Audi’s new A5 range now has its finishing touch, as the top-of-the-line RS5 Coupe has finally been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi says it combines extra power with better efficiency, and showcases a new design style for RS models.

The new RS5 features Audi’s honeycomb grille, large air vents on the front bumper and wider wheel arches, plus 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, with 20-inch wheels as an option. At the back are the signature oval tailpipes, plus a boot spoiler and a rear diffuser.

Under the bulging bonnet sits a new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with 444bhp and 600Nm of torque – that’s the same power output as the previous car’s V8 engine, but with 170Nm more torque.

That new engine takes the car from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, and with an option pack that removes the limiter it can hit 174mph flat-out. That makes it faster than the previous model, which did the sprint in 4.6 seconds, but it’s more efficient as well.

The new engine manages 32.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 197g/km, which is 17 per cent better than the old V8 model. That’s partly thanks to a lower kerb weight: the new model sheds 60kg, now weighing 1,655kg.

An eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox drives all four wheels, with a power distribution of 40:60, so most of the power heads to the rear wheels. An optional sport differential will be offered on the car, and a multi-link suspension set-up on the rear replaces the trapezoidal-link from the previous model.
Options on the RS5 include dynamic ride control with sports suspension, ceramic brakes and revised steering that’s unique to the RS model. Of course drivers can select from several driving modes to suit the road ahead, too.

Inside the RS5 are sports seats with optional diamond stitching, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and RS logos around the cabin. Audi’s virtual cockpit is present, and features info on torque and g-forces, plus a shift light at the rev limiter.

The Audi RS5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor show, and will go on sale in June this year. There are no official details on UK prices yet, but we expect the new model to cost from around £63,000 when it arrives here.

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