Millie Lowe. Audi. October 13th , 2017.
Audi RS5 Coupe an emotively elegant expression. For the first time, it now has a three-dimensional form and thus creates interplay between light and shadow. quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimeters (0.6 in). The widened door sills are painted in the vehicle color and also feature inserts in black or optionally carbon. The exterior mirror housings are in matt aluminum look and optionally also in carbon, in the vehicle color or in black.
The axle concept of the new RS5 Coupe enables optimal absorption of longitudinal and transverse forces. A revised five-link construction is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. This benefits the sporty driving characteristics and agility. It also improves comfort significantly. With the standard RS sport suspension, the new RS5 Coupe sits 7 millimeters (0.3 in) lower than the base model. Audi Sport offers the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. It uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve. When cornering at speed, the valves regulate the oil flow in the shock absorber of the spring-deflected front wheel at the outside of the curve. They increase the support provided and reduce pitch and roll movements. They thus connect the vehicle more closely to the road and improve handling. A new damper generation with integrated control valve ensures much more noticeable spread between the individual modes of the Audi drive select system.
The 2.9 TFSI was derived from the 3.0 TFSI used in the Audi S5. Because of the greater forces inside the engine, the valve lift has been shortened by 3 millimeters (0.1 in) to 86 millimeters (3.4 in). With its unchanged bore of 84 millimeters (3.3 in), the displacement is 2,894 cm3. The crankcase integrates thin-walled cylinder liners made of gray cast iron and the crankshaft main bearing has a 2-millimeter (0.08 in) larger diameter compared with the 3.0 TFSI.
The driver can select between the D and S modes and can use the special RS shift paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear changes. All commands are transmitted to the transmission electrically - by wire. The dynamic starting function controls starts with optimum traction. Using it, the Audi RS5 Coupe can unfold its full acceleration potential. Prerequisite: the ESC sport mode must be active and the selector lever must be in the S position.
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