First Drive: 2012 Audi RS5 Coupe –

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Audi RS5

September 14, 2010

Review and by Peter Bleakney


Ascari, Spain #8211; somehow fitting that the of the Audi RS5 Coupe in southern would be a soggy one. new V8 super-coupe, which we won’t see in for another year, celebrates 30 of Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive – a that all but defines the Ingolstadt Three decades ago, proved that four wheels was not the just the provenance of vehicles.

It made road-going grip and go in inclement (and weather like they had done before.

2012 RS5. Click image to enlarge

And so it was the rain in Spain fell on the Ascari racetrack as we negotiated the and turns of this beautiful course in Audi’s latest “R” The RS5, like the R8, the RS6 (we don’t get it) and the TT RS (we get it), is hand crafted at GmbH #8211; Audi’s arm that is headquartered in Neckarsulm,

It gets a massaged version of the 4.2-litre FSI naturally aspirated V8 first seen in the 2008 RS4 and now found in the R8 4.2. Here it 450 hp (up 30) while torque remains at 317 from 4,000-6,000 rpm. engine sounds heavenly and to 8,500 r.p.m.

An on-demand oil simple regenerative energy and other tweaks help the RS5 10.8 L/100 km on the EU cycle, Audi claims to be best in

The only available transmission is a twin-clutch R tronic, which in concert with the latest-gen system that features a faster-acting “crown gear” differential and front and rear vectoring wherein the inside are braked slightly in turns to the car rotate. Furthering this is the optional rear sport that will overdrive the wheel in a bend, essentially the car around.

2012 Audi RS5. image to enlarge

Standard Drive Select (comfort, and dynamic) dials up varying of sportiness for the transmission, throttle, and servotronic steering, and if the car is equipped the optional adaptive dampers Ride Control), those My tester was fully loaded, and the dynamic setting selected, cocked for track work.

So you’ve got buckets of technology on side to keep the pace, and the side, up. What’s it like out

Feels like a hyper Fast, supremely capable, and grip for days; yet with V8 perched out front, it exhibits initial understeer than the BMW M3 and quite as communicative or tactile. So a bit more aloof, a tad more but a devastatingly quick and an effective nonetheless.

All the mechanical and electronic work in seamless harmony.

duties are ably handled by front discs squeezed by monoblock aluminum calipers and rear discs with calipers.

2012 Audi RS5. image to enlarge

On the wet, and foggy route leading from the track, the RS5 was the model of and security #8211; the “auto” keeping the ride supple yet things up when needed. the steering feels a little and artificially weighted, but is far from a breaker.

Sports seats with centre strips, black gauges, special trim and the of a lap timer and oil temp display this model from 5s.

Audi RS5

On the few occasions when we had to dispense slower traffic, a couple on the left shift paddle with a healthy prod on the go produced eye-widening forward

Did I mention how fabulous this car At higher rpms (or with the of a button in the drive select two flaps in the exhaust system allowing this hand-built to proudly bark its baritone

With the … knell of the V8 faintly in the distance, this be a good time to bust the piggy bank.

2012 RS5. Click image to enlarge

by Walter deSilva and launched as a model, the A5 Coupe is arguably the car in Audi’s line-up. In RS5 trim, menace creeps into It sits 20 mm lower than the A5, features sharply defined blisters (a nod to the pioneering Audi of 1980), rides on 19-inch (pictured are the optional 20s) and a single frame grill an anthracite grey rhomboid grid. Below are larger air and a front splitter.

Two healthy exhaust tips dominate the end, and a rear deck deploys at 120 km/h.

While Audi didn’t the “M” word once during launch, there is no doubt have the benchmark $71,300 V8 M3 Coupe squarely in the crosshairs. At kg, the Audi is heavier and is less of a instrument #8211; it uses force and technology to achieve its

The Canadian cars will have all the tricky tech as standard kit, so when it to pricing, don’t expect hand crafted Audi to the volume-built M3’s bottom

On the bright side, you’ve got year to stuff the piggy

2012 Audi RS5 Coupe

price: $80,000 to $85,000

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