Audi Australia has just released official info on the facelifted RS5 Coupé. The biggest news is the drop in price of around $14,000 compared to the model’s original launch back in late 2010. That means Australian RS5 pricing now starts at $161,400.
Mechanically speaking the RS5 is much the same as it was before and still packs a 331kW punch, thanks to its free-revving 4.2 litre V8. However, changes to the car’s electromechanical power steering are said to benefit driving feel and fuel economy.
Modest gains of 0.1 second and 0.3l/100km have been made to the 0–100km/h time and fuel economy respectively, resulting in key figures of 4.5 seconds and 10.5l/100km.
Visually the refreshed RS5 gets the makeover treatment first seen on the A4 facelift, which includes the new-look LED daytime running lights.
Finally, you can now get a flat-bottomed steering wheel on the RS5. Indeed, the new steering wheel headlines the revised standard equipment, along with 20″ rotor-style alloys.
Sadly, we’re just not as keen on the RS5 as we used to be. It’s got a peach of an engine, and while we’ve not had a chance to test one for ourselves just yet, we reckon the TT RS would provide just as much drama and driving enjoyment, in fact possibly more. Leaving you with enough change to pocket a Polo GTI for daily duites.
Perhaps, more pertinently, if you wanted a well sorted coupé—and with Audi asking the best part of $180K—wouldn’t you be duty bound to visit your nearest Porsche Centre?
The New Audi RS 5 Coupé Arrives in Australia
- Ferocious power harnessed in an exclusive performance vehicle
- More performance, less fuel consumption: 10.5 litres per 100km
- New RS 5 available now in Australia for $161,400
The new Audi RS 5 has arrived in Australia and is sharper in almost every way: design, performance, dynamics and pricing. Available from $161,400, the new RS 5 is optionally available with two special dynamic packages so that the true performance potential of this exclusive vehicle can be realised.
The Audi RS 5 Coupé is an elite athlete. Its 4.2 FSI engine, a high-revving, normally aspirated V8, produces 331 kW at 8,250 rpm, with the peak torque of 430 Nm available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. It consumes an average of just 10.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (down 0.3l/100km) – far less than its key competitors.
The 7-speed S-tronic gearbox responds to the driver’s inputs faster than ever, and accordingly, the new RS 5 now reaches 100km/h from rest in a blistering 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, but can be raised to 280km/h on request.
The new electromechanical power steering setup has carefully tuned by quattro GmbH engineers to offer instant response and incredible cornering performance. In addition to its added precision, the new system helps to deliver reduced fuel consumption.
To allow drivers to extract the maximum from the new RS 5, there are two special Dynamic Sports packages being offered. Both include Sports Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control, the muscular Sports Exhaust system with blackened tail pipe trims and a choice of 20-inch alloy wheels styles: the contemporary ‘Rotor’ design aluminium or titanium look.
Visually, the Audi RS 5 Coupé now has an even more athletic and muscular road stance. The upper corners of the single-frame grille are beveled, and sharper edges lend the hood an even more sculpted appearance. The most striking elements at the front of the car, however, are the new, wedge-shaped headlights. Utilising xenon plus technology, they include narrow LED strips for the daytime running lights. The taillights and the rear bumper have also been redesigned.
Two new Audi exclusive packages are also now available to RS 5 buyers, with Valcona leather coming with a choice of diamond quilting ($14,990) and contrasting red leather (from $9,400) elements to provide an even more exclusive appearance. A flat-bottomed steering wheel now comes standard on the RS 5, while MMI Navigation functionality has also been improved.
“In the two short years since it arrived in Australia, the Audi RS 5 Coupe has generated a huge amount of interest among enthusiasts. The combination of a powerful, high-revving V8 engine, fast-shifting S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive makes the RS 5 a formidable buying proposition. Early interest in the new model has been even stronger than we anticipated and we look forward to continuing that trend,” said Audi Australia’s Managing Director, Uwe Hagen.
The Audi A5 Coupe, Sportback and Cabriolet range was comprehensively updated in May and the new RS 5 Coupe completes the line-up in Australia.