Yes, okay, any post speculating on the debut of the Audi RS5 is going to look a little bit foolish given the previous prediction of an Essen debut failed to materialise. However, if we take a look back to 2008 we can see that AUSmotive is not the first site to go hard with an RS5 tip and get it wrong.
Anyway, the new word I have been given is the RS5 will be revealed at the Geneva Auto Salon next month. The show is open to the public from 4â€“14 March, so if this latest mail is correct, we should know for sure in a around two weeks, as Audi will most likely release details to the assembled media a day or so prior to the public opening.
All other details should remain as reported last October. So, expect the RS5 to be powered by a normally aspirated V8, labelled 4.2 FSI HDZ. The 4163cc engine should be good for 330kW (450PS) and at initial launch the car will be offered with a 7 speed S tronic transmission only. The RS5 should be good for a 4.6 second 0-100km/h sprint.
As good as the RS5 should be, this new model may come at the cost of the Ã¼ber RS4. AUSmotive understands there are no plans at Ingolstadt to build an RS4 on the B8 platform. I really hope that information is wrong. The RS4 can trace its roots back to Audi’s first RS model, the RS2 Estate. For that reason, the RS4 should never die.
UPDATE:Â There’s a small chance we may hear of concrete RS5 info in around one week from now. Watch this space!