The next Audi RS5 Coupe, with twin-turbo V6 rather than V8, is expected to make landfall in December priced from $156,000.
The RS5 will be lighter and torquier than its predecessor, and it’s predictably faster, though its new price places it firmly up against a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, which still sports a V8 for a couple more grand.
That’s not to say the RS5 isn’t an impressive vehicle.
Audi claims it will only take 3.9 seconds for the new RS5 Coupe to reach 100km/h, helped along by the extra 170Nm it gains and 60kg it sheds compared to the previous version.
The 2.9-litre unit under the hood pumps out 331kW thanks to twin turbochargers nestled in its ‘V’, that power then charging to all four wheels (60 front:40 rear) via the eight-speed tiptronic DCT.
A five-link suspension set up now features front and rear in the RS5, with RS sport suspension letting the car sit “much lower than the production model.”
Audi says elements of the RS5’s exterior are styled after the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car, such as the large honeycomb air inlets.
“Next to the headlights are additional lateral air intakes and outlets.
“quattro blisters on the guards emphasise pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimetres.”
Also coming to Australian RS5s are “20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a gloss black exterior styling package, panoramic glass sunroof, as well as privacy glass and red-painted brake calipers.”
Sonoma green metallic will be an exclusive colour option for the RS5 Coupe, though we’d hazard a guess that reds and greys will be the more popular colours.