This is it; the new 2018 Audi RS5 with the newly developed twin-turbo V6 that produces a respectable 443-HP (450 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 NM) of torque. Certainly something to talk about since the naturally aspirated V8 engine has departed us.
Besides the RS badges, the car can be easily differentiated from the standard A5 with flared fenders, a wider track, massive air inlets, tinted bezels with the Matrix LEDs, additional downforce equipment and a wider grille to suck more air.
The rear-end is beautiful, distinct RS design language carries through with the oval RS exhaust outlets incorporated within the rear diffuser and a mini blacked-out lip spoiler. The car sits on 19-inch wheels and optional 20-inch alloys are also available.
Ok, so more on the engine. The new 2.9-liter TFSI V6 bi-turbo unit was developed from the ground up delivering 170 NM (125 lb-ft) of torque more than the outgoing version which is significant to say the least. Audi quotes a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h if you opt for the optional dynamic package.
The engine consumes 8.7-liters of fuel per 100 which translates to 27mpg, this means the new 2018 Audi RS5 is 17 percent more economical than the outgoing version. Weight is also shaved by 60 kilograms, 1,655 kg (3,648 lbs) is the official figure quoted by Audi.
Additionally, the new 2018 Audi RS5 sits lower than the outgoing model thanks to the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) with the RS sports suspension. RS tuned dynamic steering and ceramic brakes increase track abilities and the Audi drive select system allows you to adjust the car’s personality on the go with modes ranging from comfort, dynamic and individual.
The interior of the 2018 Audi RS5 features newly designed Nappa leather seats an RS flat bottomed Alcantara steering wheel, red stitching, a bit of Alcantara and a carbon fiber trim piece for the horizontal dashboard with a massive A/C vent hat stretches the entire length of the dashboard. The rest is standard Audi design with a few RS badges here and there. Surprisingly enough though, Audi decided to place the push/start engine button right below the A/C control which looks really weird, instead of on the steering wheel like some other newer RS models.
Of Course, the new Audi virtual cockpit is there and the optional MMI navigation plus with MMi touch, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, head-up display and Audi connect make it onto the new RS5. 30 driver assistance systems exist, so option away.
Revealed for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, prices star at €80,900, $85,500 or Aed 314,000 it isn’t cheap but it’s got some good performance figures compared to the competition. It’s expected to make it to showrooms in Europe within June, a couple of months later to the GCC.