The 2018 Audi RS5 coupe has been confirmed for an Australian launch in December, priced to kick off from $156,600 plus on-road costs.

Weighing 60 kilograms less than the previous model, thanks to its new MLB 'evo' architecture, the RS5 is also faster and more efficient than the car it replaces.

Under the bonnet is a new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that replaces the old version's 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8, pumping out 331kW of power and 600Nm of torque - 170Nm up on its predecessor and available between 1900 and 5000rpm.

REVIEW: 2017 Audi RS5 (international launch)

Combined with an eight-speed Tiptronic auto transmission, optimised for quicker shift times and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system, the RS5 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

Despite its performance potential, the German marque claims its super coupe uses fuel at a rate of 8.8L/100km.

Standard equipment include nappa leather RS sports seats with diamond stitching, a flat-bottomed RS steering wheel, RS-specific 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit driver's display, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, panoramic glass sunroof, privacy glass, gloss-black exterior styling package, and red-painted brake calipers.

Other highlights include the quattro sport rear differential, RS sports exhaust system, dynamic ride control with adaptive dampers, Audi connect with smartphone interface, DAB+ digital radio, along with a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for a first Australian drive review of the new Audi RS5 in the coming months, and catch our international drive review at the link below.

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REVIEW: 2017 Audi RS5 (international launch)