Eleanor Norton. Audi. November 04th , 2017.
A further efficiency component of the 2.9 TFSI is the thermal management system. The crankcase and the cylinder head have separate coolant circuits. After a cold start, the switchable water pump controls the flow of coolant through the engine so that the oil is warmed up as quickly as possible. The exhaust manifolds are integrated in the cylinder head, and coolant circulates around them which helps ensure rapid warming up. When the engine is warm, this technology lowers the exhaust temperatures - consumption drops drastically, especially when driving in a sporty way. The great efficiency of the V6 bi-turbo is also partly to do with low friction. For example, the fully adjustable oil pump only builds up as much pressure as necessary.
The designers drew inspiration for the RS5 Coupe from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure typical of RS models characterize the front end of the car. The Singleframe radiator grille is much wider and flatter than in the base model. Next to the headlights are additional lateral air intakes and outlets; tinted bezels differentiate the optional Matrix LED headlights. quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimeters (0.6 in). As standard, these house 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option. A sporty conclusion to the vehicle is provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and a surface-mounted spoiler lip. With a length of 4,723 millimeters (185.9 in), the new Audi RS5 Coupe is 74 millimeters (2.9 in) longer than the previous model.
The increased dimensions of the gran turismo, the 15-millimeter (0.6 in) longer wheelbase and more compact seats increase the space for the driver and passengers. The shoulder room in the front row of seats has been increased by 26 millimeters (1.0 in) and the knee room in the rear by 23 millimeters (0.9 in). The central armrest in the front with storage compartment, the big door pockets, two cup holders and a new, closed stowage compartment beneath the rotary light switch further increase the car‘s everyday usability. One standard feature offering additional convenience to the driver and front passenger is the seat belt height adjustment featuring extending and retracting power belt feeds. The rear bench seat provides space for two passengers and integrates a practical stowage tray between the two seats, as well as a folding armrest. The backrests can be folded forward in the ratio 40:20:40 using the remote unlocking feature in the trunk.
The crankcase is created from an aluminum-silicon alloy by means of sand casting and weighs just 34 kilograms (75.0 lb). The so-called "deep-skirt" design extends the walls of the crankcase far downwards, which also saves weight. The entire engine weighs just 182 kilograms (401.2 lb) which makes it 31 kilograms (68.3 lb) lighter than its V8 predecessor. Gross weight and axle load distribution are the predominant beneficiaries of this in the new RS5 Coupe. The flat-bottomed 3-spoke RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel features multifunction buttons for convenient operation of the infotainment system. Equally integrated are high-gloss black shift paddles with aluminum elements. The steering wheel rim bears the RS badge, as does the RS-specific shift gate. An additional optical highlight is the optional RS design package. It 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.
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