Audi recently revealed their new RS5 Coupé. It has always been a big deal when one of the big three German Manufacturers announce a new model. Many of you will look at the new RS5 and just see an updated version of the last RS5. However, apart from the evolution of the looks thats where the similarities end for the new RS5 Coupé.
The previous Audi RS5 Coupé managed to house a snarling 444bhp 4.2 litre V8 under the bonnet. However, the new RS5 Coupé follows the modern introduction of smaller, lighter and turbocharged engines very much like the new Mustang. In place of the epic 4.2 litre V8 is a 2.9 litre V6 Bi-Turbo. Now don’t get us wrong, the new RS5 still pumps out 450bhp which is fantastic but surely the point of something like the RS5 is to have that wonderful burbling V8 sound to accompany a superbly tuned machine.
Well thats the point. This is a highly tuned machine. The new RS5 produces 442lb-ft torque which is up from the previous models 317lb-ft torque. Thats enough to push the RS5 onto 174mph with a 0-62mph of 3.9 seconds. So the figures of the new RS5 Coupé really do stack up but the previous model was by no means slow. It was however heavy. Seriously heavy. Having driven the previous RS5 I can tell you that it was never as nimble and as comfortable to drive as the BMW M4.
Thats why the new RS5 is over 60kg lighter than the previous model. In addition to this it does away with the double wishbone setup and in it’s place is a five-link rear suspension system. The springs now don’t have to be as stiff which gives the new RS5 better comfort and more agility. As I’ve said, this is something the BMW had over the Audi for sometime. To top off the handling issues of the previous model, the new RS5 sends 60% of its power to the rear wheels eliminating its tendency to understeer.
Overall the Audi RS5 Coupé has always been an attractive with the aggressive angular headlights, large grille and it’s chrome detailing throughout. However, Audi’s decision to reduce the engine size albeit to increase performance could hinder the RS5’s overall appeal. Only time will tell if this has been a poor decision for Audi following Ford’s success with the overall appeal of the Mustang’s V8 despite the option of an EcoBoost alternative.
Author – Matthew Pearson