Caitlin Duncan. Audi. October 13th , 2017.
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.
Sporty interior in black and red: the flat-bottomed RS sport leather steering wheel is standard, as are the stainless steel pedals and RS sport seats. As an option, they can be covered in fine Nappa leather with honeycomb pattern. Red contrasting stitching adds emphasis to the steering wheel, center console, armrests, seats and floor mats. Carbon decorative trim underlines the dynamic appearance. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel creates a vast sense of spaciousness in the high-quality, sportily appointed interior of the new RS5 Coupe. As standard, it welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing the RS5 logo. LED light guides trace the contours of the doors and the center console - doing so in 30 different colors in combination with the optional ambient lighting. The interior is black. RS sport seats with rhombus pattern and embossed RS emblem underline the character of the high-performance Coupe. They are available in a combination of leather and Alcantara, and feature seat heating and a lumbar support. The RS sport seats are optionally available in fine Nappa leather with honeycomb pattern and contrasting stitching. They are also available in perforated Milano leather.
The fast, spontaneously and sportily shifting eight-speed tiptronic with optimized shift times is standard on the new Audi RS5 Coupe. The layout of its gear sets and shifting elements results in low drag torques and thereby to a high efficiency level. Its large number of gears very frequently makes it possible to operate the engine close to its ideal load point. The lower gears have short, sporty ratios, while the upper gears are long in order to reduce revs and fuel consumption.
"The new Audi RS5 Coupe is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport. The high-performance Coupe combines elegant aesthetics with high everyday usability. The car‘s V6 bi-turbo has been developed from the ground up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency," said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, in describing the new model.
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