By Stewart Smith on 2017-05-03 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New Audi RS 5 Coupe
AUDI has announced details of its new RS 5 Coupe which will be available to order later this month priced from £62,900 with first deliveries due in the summer.
The latest RS 5 comes with a new2.9 TFSI turbo petrol engine with a power output of 450bhp and 600Nm of torque from 1,900 - 5,000rpm which gives it a 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.9 seconds and a 155mph top speed which can be increased to 174mph.
Audi claims the up-market motor will return a combined 32.5mpg and 197g/km of CO2- a 17 per cent improvement on the previous RS 5 Coupe.
The car has the Audi Virtual Cockpit with RS-specific displays and quattro sport rear differential fitted as standard.
As well as quattro all-wheel drive, the RS 5 has wheel selective torque control and Audi drive select and Audi has managed an overall weight reduction of up to 60kg compared to the previous model.
Other features are an optional carbon fibre roof and fully milled wheels.
RS sport suspension with dynamic ride control, an RS exhaust system and dynamic steering are also available and the RS 5 comes with the usual array of state-of-the-art driver assistance, safety and connectivity systems.
As far as looks go the new RS 5 Coupe has pronounced air intakes, gaping oval exhaust tailpipes, quattro blisters complementing widened wheel arches and an exclusive honeycomb design for the single frame grille.
The latest model comes standard LED headlamps and their dynamic scrolling indicators can also be upgraded to Matrix LED units capable of intelligently diverting their high beam around oncoming and leading traffic for maximum illumination, and for maximum visual impact the sizeable 19-inch alloy wheels can also be upgraded to a 20-inch design.
On the infotainment front, the RS 5 Coupe comes equipped as standard with the Audi smartphone interface bringing Apple Carplay and Android Auto on board, and with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, which now also includes LTE internet connectivity as part of the Audi connect package.
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