The new Audi RS5 is now available to order in the UK starting at £58,725 OTR. Deliveries start in April.
The 2012 version of Audi’s BMW M3 fighter features a a high-revving 450PS V8 engine with peak torque of 430 Nm. The performance is typical of this class, with a 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds and top speed of 155 mph, which can be raised to 174mpg upon request and at extra cost.
The car has combined economy of 26.9mpg and CO2 output of 246g/km.
Visually the facelifted RS5 comes with a revised single frame grille design, sharper and more pronounced bonnet contours, new ‘solid band’ wraparound LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, new look front and rear bumpers and a new ’10-spoke’ design for the 19-inch alloy wheels.
As for the features, the new model sees the addition of Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, cruise control, DVD-based satellite navigation and Audi Music Interface iPod connection. They are all standard, but adaptive cruise control is an optional extra.
The RS5 has a seven-speed DSG transmission, and Quattro all-wheel-drive system which results in loads and loads of grip. That’s very good for handling and make the car safer in corners, but it also makes it boring when you are in mod to have some fun. That’s why the rear-drive BM is still the greater choice.
The car can be fitted with an optional Sport Package:
The dynamic ride control and dynamic steering options are available individually or combined as part of a new Sport Package, which also includes larger 20-inch rotor design titanium-look alloy wheels to replace the standard 19-inch examples and a sports exhaust system that further amplifies the bass-heavy growl of the V8. Priced at £2,250, it offers a saving of £2,915 compared with specifying the options individually.