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by Karl Peskett

Audi has released official details on its latest sports model, the RS5, ahead of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show where the official unveiling will take place. With an aggressive style that breaks the “safe” mold Audi is known for, it’s proof that Audi can create aggressive and sexy looking cars.

Apart from the race style sports seats and carbon fibre  treatment, the interior of the RS5 is the same as the Audi A5 save options like stainless steel mesh, piano black or brushed aluminium highlights . Externally the sports theme continues with front and rear spoilers and the usual oval dual exhaust tips found on all RS Audi’s. These, and the bypass flaps which enrichen the sound hint at its potential.

The 4.2 litre V8 uses direct injection to amazing effect with a power output of 331kw at 8250rpm coupled with fuel economy rated at 10.8-litres/100km. Maximum torque of 430Nm happens from 4000-6000rpm.

Weighing 1725kgs, the RS5 will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of an electronically limited 250km/h. However the most interesting thing is that Audi can lift that top speed to 280km/h upon request.

Make sure you tick that box.

Transmission as standard will be Audi’s seven speed S tronic which has been reinforced to withstand the weapons grade V8. Using Audi’s drive select, three modes of shifts are available – automatic, comfort and dynamic, which also control throttle response and steering weighting.

The transmission also has launch control.

The Quattro all-wheel-drive system can now also send up to 70 per cent of torque to the front wheels, or up to 85 per cent to the rear wheels meaning gecko-like grip in all conditions. It will also decelerate inside wheels giving greater traction, but also increasing yaw action for even tighter cornering.

At the rear of the car are aerodynamic channels to add stability at high speeds with a deployable rear spoiler which extends at 120km/h, but retracts at 80km/h. Sitting 20mm lower than the standard A5, the RS5 receives 19-inch wheels as standard, shod in 265/35 tyres, however a 20-inch with 275/30 tyre combination is optional.

Eight piston front calipers cover the 365mm front brakes, but you can also ask for a 380mm carbon-ceramic option if your budget stretches that far.

Expect to see the RS5 down under either late this year, or early next year.




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