Audi’s latest New Audi A5 coupe has received the full RS treatment thanks to a new 2.9-litre, 443hp V6 lifted from the Porsche Panamera. This new BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 rival will cost from £62,900 when it goes on sale in the UK in summer 2017.
2017 Audi RS5 styling
Much like its predecessor, the new RS5 features an eye-catching black grille flanked by vast air intakes and a speedbump-scraping front splitter. Contrasting silver trim and the all-important quattro logo are joined by a set of subtle RS badges and four swollen wheel arches – this new model is 15mm wider than the car it replaces and looks more aggressive as a result.
New LED headlights will be offered as an optional extra while the aluminium window trims, a contrasting black roof and 19-inch alloy wheels are all standard items. If the RS5 doesn’t look quite imposing enough for you, it can be fitted with vast 20-inch alloy wheels instead.
Two large oval exhaust pipes sit nestled in an aggressive rear diffuser that’s complemented by a selection of RS-specific trim pieces. These can be personalised thanks to a choice of three finishes – gloss black, carbon fibre or aluminium.
2017 Audi RS5 interior
A whole host of sporty features will be fitted to this new model’s cabin to make sure it stands out from the standard A5. Swathes of black leather, RS logos embossed in the front headrests and a flat-bottomed steering wheel all help it feel significantly more special than the standard car while an optional RS package – featuring contrasting red stitching and Alcantara trim – and a Nappa Leather seat option with distinctive honeycomb-stitching are also available.
The new RS5 is 74mm longer than the old car and serves up slightly more rear legroom as a result. Unfortunately, headroom will still be fairly limited and climbing into the back won’t be made any easier by the rather bulky sports seats fitted up front.
A special RS version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit replaces analogue dials with a digital display while the MMI Plus navigation system adds an easy-to-use touchpad, a WiFi hotspot and Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity as standard.
2017 Audi RS5 engines
The all-new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 produces 443hp and much more torque than the last car. The optional dynamic package allows for a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. On average, the RS5 can return 32.5mpg – a noticeable efficiency gain over the outgoing model thanks to having shed 60kg.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive. Audi also offers the car with adjustable dampers, allowing drivers to switch between a soft ride when driving around town or a stiffer ride for more spirited driving by flicking a few options on the infotainment system.