Earlier this week, Audi released details of its updated RS 5, featuring the latest A5 range enhancements plus a revamped equipment list.
There really wasn’t much to say, hence the reason why we didn’t cover it – but I’m a sucker for a sexy video, with the baritone sound of a 444 bhp V8 sports coupe drifting round an ice lake. So, here it is..
The revised RS5 is powered by the same 4.2-litre V8 as before, but it receives a new energy recuperation system (as revealed in the new RS 4) which enables the normally aspirated FSI engine to consume less fuel – 26.9mpg and CO2 output of 246g/km.
The RS 5′s power steering system receives a bit of a makeover in favour of improved energy efficiency – it now demands no input from the alternator while in the ‘straight-ahead’ position.
Like the new RS 4, the RS 5 Coupé gains a crown-gear centre differential that can vary the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles quickly and over a wide range. Up to 70 per cent can flow to the front or as much as 85 percent to the rear, as necessary. The default 40:60 ratio of the rear-biased configuration aims to deliver sporty handling, whilst the ESP system integrates a new sport mode which ensures that it intervenes at a later stage. It can also be switched off entirely.
The RS 5 now includes the optional sport differential, which actively distributes the power between the rear wheels via two superposition stages and also gains the new carbon fibre-ceramic brake discs, as introduced on the new RS 4.
There are a host of new aesthetic changes, such as a new flat-bottomed RS three-spoke steering wheel, optional Sport Package – with 20-inch rotor design titanium-look alloy wheels, sports exhaust system, Dynamic Ride Control and dynamic steering – plus new ‘solid band’ wraparound LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights.
Deliveries begin in April priced at £58,725, with the Sport Package costing an extra at £2,250.