Audi RS 5 Official Promo Video Released

0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds

Audi has released a new promo video for the awe-inspiring RS5.

Boasting a 4.2-liter V8 with 331 kW (444 hp / 450 PS) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque, the RS5 rockets from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and tops out at an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph). If that isn't fast enough, Audi can remove the speed limiter to enable the car to hit 280 km/h (174 mph). Not bad considering the RS5 only consumes 10.8 liters of petrol per 100 km (21.78 US mpg).

To keep the beast under control, Audi installed a new crown-gear center differential. It "can widely vary the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles. If necessary, up to 70 percent can flow to the front or as much as 85 percent toward the tail end."

The RS5 will go on sale in Germany this spring, with a base price of approximately €77,700 ($103,870 USD). Unfortunately, Audi has been mum on U.S. availability but it doesn't look promising.

Source: Audi
Published Mar 25th, 2010 2:00am By Michael Gauthier
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lazyJones lazyJones
not bad but where is the RS steering wheel??
Mar 26th, 2010 1:54pm
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hescian hescian
This car will cost @$10,000 to $15,000 more than the RS4 so the estimated $103,000 US is a fairly accurate estimate. Personally, I like the butchy styling. On a side note, people need to stop whining about the lack of a manual transmission. I love my manual transmission, but the fact of the matter is that the performance of these dual-clutch, liquid-clutch, sequential gearboxes, and even sport-automatics, cannot be matched by a manual gearbox, no matter how good the driver. All performance cars these days should rightly use these types of gearboxes, and from a business standpoint, it allows a wider potential buyer population. Sure it's an ego boost to say "I drive a manual" but let it go...
Mar 26th, 2010 12:31am
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radmeister radmeister
I do agree with the marketing point, but the rest is not really true. I mean unless every road and drive was on the nurburing there won't be a difference. I think for daily driving i prefer a 6spd manual. More enjoyable, has nothing to do with ego. I hope they offer a manual trans as an option, it would make a lot of people happy. Not me, since i cant afford this beauty anyways.
Mar 26th, 2010 7:43am
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2010S5 2010S5
1. The base price of the RS4 was $66,000. If your point is valid, this car should start at no more than $80,000 which wouldn't even make sense since this is replacing the RS4. 2. If it had a manual in addition to the S-Tronic, wouldn't there be a larger market for it? The A5/S5 have manuals in addition to automatic transmissions so why not the RS5? Contrary to your thoughts, driving a 6 speed is not all about the ego or gearshifts milliseconds slower than that of DCTs or other autoboxes. It's about a more enjoyable driving experience.
Mar 26th, 2010 8:09am
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joshg_5 joshg_5
@2010S5: Exactly, I didn't buy a car with a 6-speed so I could go around and bloat my ego. I bought it because I love to drive, and 6-speeds is the best way to achieve an involving driving experience. If Audi included a manual option, they WOULD achieve higher market share. They're basically choosing who will buy this car with this decision, and telling anyone who wants a manual to go to a competitor. One could nearly buy a 911 with a stick for that coin anyway, and who wouldn't consider that decision?
Mar 26th, 2010 11:50pm
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ithyandel ithyandel
i wouldn't have use a this red to advertise the car. only white convey the refine shapes of the body, i can't get red or grey A5, they look disproportionate, specially around the wheel arches.
Mar 26th, 2010 12:26am
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2010S5 2010S5
I may be wrong but I think the RS5 is exemplary of what happens when a car is developed amidst a global recession. From what I see I think it had potential to be a much greater car, but it doesn't even have a manual and shares wheels with the A1. It looks messy; the bulging wheel arches just don't go well with the lines of the A5. Hopefully road tests will prove it to be a great car.
Mar 25th, 2010 6:11pm
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James2911 James2911
Just a bit of trivia - the naturally aspirated V8 in this RS5 makes an equivalent amount of power to the S8 (V10) and W12 variants of the current/previous A8.
Mar 25th, 2010 5:53pm
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M! M!
what gear box is that?
Mar 25th, 2010 8:49am
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2010S5 2010S5
7-speed S-tronic.
Mar 25th, 2010 9:48am
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Imasa Imasa
I'm really disappointed that this car does not come with a traditional 6-speed manual gearbox. It takes some of the fun out of driving.
Mar 25th, 2010 4:10pm
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joshg_5 joshg_5
I was REALLY excited to see this car, and I REALLY wanted to love it. But alas, it's just too damn big and bulky. It looks as if it were designed by a aftermarket tuner, not a bad thing, but a little bit distasteful IMO.
Mar 25th, 2010 4:23am
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CReeds CReeds
My guess is they will bring it to NA. I heard rumour that Canada was getting it. And I bet it will come in between $90-100K. And they'll sell every one.
Mar 25th, 2010 3:49am
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justanotherfan justanotherfan
Want one, really bad, hope they test it on Top Gear soon so we can watch it do some more impressive moves.
Mar 25th, 2010 2:55am
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LifeLongCarGuy LifeLongCarGuy
I'm in love...again. The 5er is gorgeous and the RS is the apex of what the S5 can be, but at 109K in the U.S. market...? You will have to be one hell of an Audi enthusiast; and a rich one at that, to purchase this machine. There are so many other capable vehicles at and below that price range. Let's see... CTS-V, M3, IS-F, E63, C6... you get the point. Audi are really proud of their vehicles, and rightly so, but I think they price themselves out of a market they could dominate (volume-wise) if they incorporated the right price points.
Mar 25th, 2010 2:50am
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joshg_5 joshg_5
Great comment! I agree with everything you mention. I too wouldn't think twice about grabbing a C63, M3 or CTS-V over this...
Mar 25th, 2010 4:24am
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2010S5 2010S5
The literal conversion from Euros to USD is not at all reflective of the price of this car. The US gets cars at a significantly lower cost than does many other parts of the world especially Europe. I would guess this car to be 70K USD give or take a couple g's.
Mar 25th, 2010 9:51am
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