Niamh Hart. Audi. November 04th , 2017.
Bathed in black, the interior is of an extremely high standard and sportily equipped. RS sport seats - optionally available in fine Nappa leather with honeycomb pattern - and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel underscore the character of the high-performance Coupe in the interior as well. The steering wheel rim bears the RS badge, as do the front seat backrests and the shift gate. Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit provide information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces. A shift light prompts the driver to upshift upon reaching the rev limit. The RS design package brings the sporty contrast color red into play on the center console as well as on the armrests, the seat belts and the floor mats with RS logo. The steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are all covered with Alcantara. The Sonoma green design package from Audi exclusive enriches the interior with appropriately colored contrasting stitching - perfect for the new, exclusive exterior color.
With the newly developed 2.9 TFSI, Audi has drawn upon the legendary 2.7 liter V6 from the first RS4 Avant. Produced between 1999 and 2001, it delivered 280 kW (380 hp). Just like the 2.7 liter engine, the new high-performance V6 is also designed as a bi-turbo engine. In comparison with its direct predecessor, a freely-aspirated, high-revving V8 unit, its pulling power and efficiency attain a whole other dimension.
Just like the entire A5 model family, the new Audi RS5 Coupe also benefits from a drastic reduction in weight. It weighs in at 1,655 kilograms (3,648.7 lb) - 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) less than previously. The body of the new RS5 Coupe is among the lightest in the segment. Thanks to geometrical lightweight construction and an intelligent mix of materials, it weighs 15 kilograms (33.1 lb) less than the body of the previous model. The module cross member under the instrument panel, for instance, consists of extruded aluminum profiles and sheets, and the front cross member is an extruded profile.
The new Audi RS5 Coupe demonstrates its sporty character as a gran turismo at first glance. The designers drew inspiration for the car from the distinctive motorsport details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. The front, sides and rear exhibit RS-typical differentiation. Measuring 4,723 millimeters (185.9 in) in length, the second generation of the Audi RS5 Coupe is 74 millimeters (2.9 in) longer than the predecessor model. The height is 1,360 millimeters (53.5 in) and thus 6 millimeters (0.2 in) lower than previously. At 1,861 millimeters (73.3 in), the vehicle’s width is almost the same as before.
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