09 Mar The Audi RS5 Returns in 2018
I must have Audi on the brain because it seems to be the brand I want to talk about the most lately. We just wrapped filming on an upcoming 4-part series that features an Audi S5. In the series we are documenting the process of adding a supercharger to the car for some serious performance upgrades. The guys at PHP Specialists are doing the install and we were there through the entire process. Now just a few days later Audi takes the cover off the 2018 RS5.
Audi is sticking with the six cylinder engines in the S5 and RS5 models. The 2012 S5 in our episode has a V8. But dropping two cylinders hasn’t made it weak. Thanks to bi-turbos the new RS5 will produce 450 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, compared to 354 hp in the S5 version. It makes its way to the pavement via Audi’s awesome Quattro AWD system. Plan on a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. If you add the dynamic pack. the top speed is raised to 174 mph. The car’s main competitor is the BMW M4, which does not offer AWD making this a nice alternative.
The interior has all the latest sporty materials and gadgets one would expect in a modern RS Audi. I’m a big fan of the black seats with the red stitching, especially with a red exterior. The Alcantara steering wheel adds to the sportiness, as well. Now we can only assuming at this point that this RS version will make its way to the United States. Audi plans to start selling it in Germany this summer with a price that translates to about $85,000.
This car is certainly a nice alternative to the BMW M and AMG cars of the world. The Audi looks sporty but to the untrained eye, it’s hard to know whether you are looking at the one with 450 hp or a lesser version. To me, that’s good news no matter which model you buy. The Quattro AWD system helps make the case for a year round daily driver, too.
Photos Courtesy: Audi USA