Audi’s 444bhp RS 5 Coupe available in time for summer

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Author: | Updated: 13 Mar 2017 10:54

Audi has taken the covers off the hot version of its latest A5 Coupe – the eagerly awaited RS 5.

Fitted with a Porsche-sourced 2.9-litre V6, if there was ever a car to take on the BMW M4 and Mercedes C63 AMG, this is it.

Audi RS 5 Coupe 2017

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A quick glance confirms that this is no ordinary A5. It benefits from the new RS look which will eventually be rolled out across Audi’s sporting range.

Larger air intakes, a splitter and beefier bits of trim that can be specced in gloss, carbon fibre or aluminium are all immediately noticeable up front.

2017 Audi RS 5 side

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Extended wheel arches are filled out by standard 19in alloy wheels. Round the back you’ll find a sporty looking diffuser, as well as a pair of huge chromed exhaust pipes.

More sedate A5s already boast one of the nicest interiors on the market, but the RS 5 takes it to a whole new level.

all the trim is covered in leather or Alcantara while, like the exterior, a number of different trim materials can be specced.

The interior is up to Audi's usual class-leading standards.

The driver also gets one of the best-looking steering wheels we’ve seen in a long time – it’s flat-bottomed and is made up entirely of Alcantara, with intricate red stitching finishing the look.

There’s a ton of standard equipment too, with Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit replacing the instrument cluster.

Audi RS 5 rear

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The touchscreen infotainment system comes with Audi’s navigation system, Apple Car Play and Android Auto Compatibility, and is even wifi-enabled.

The 2.9-litre V6 under the bonnet produces 444bhp – that’s almost identical to its predecessor’s figure.

However, thanks a 170Nm increase in torque, the new twin-turbo engine is even swifter; 0-62 mph takes 3.9 seconds and with the dynamic package, goes on to 174mph.

Audi RS 5 2017 on track

As for the drivetrain, Audi’s famed Quattro 4WD system is present, while a new system allows you to adjust the engine’s torque levels.

All RS 5s come with a high-tech eight-speed automatic gearbox, although as usual the dual-clutch transmission allows you to make manual shifts when you want to.

The new, smaller engine also means it’s more efficient than the old car – by 17% to be exact. It’s capable of 32.5mpg (combined), while CO2 figures have dropped to 197g/km too.

Audi RS 5 2017 rns

Available to order later this month, Audi’s flagship coupe gets a list price of £62,900, and lease deals will be on our site soon. If you can’t wait though, you can check out deals on the new, standard A5 here.

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