Last week I evaluated the Audi S5 Sportback 2018 at home. Being pleasantly satisfied with its performance. This week I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to test the most athletic brother: the Audi RS5 2018.
A couple of years ago Audi decided to change the name of its sports division Quattro GMbH to Audi Sport. The name by which from now on the team responsible for the engineering and production of all the RS versions of the German manufacturer’s models will be known. As well as for his supercar the R8, replicating the experience of AMG with Mercedes-Benz and M with BMW. Naturally, the change of name facilitates its positioning in the minds of users (vs. Quattro GMbH) to compete with the mentioned properties.
Details of the Audi RS5 2018
During the official presentation of Audi RS5 2018. Audi representatives emphasized that one of the priorities during the development of this car was to achieve maximum versatility. From daily city use to capacity to have a good time on the circuit. Keep reading: 6 questions to ask and the reason when buying a car insurance.
To ensure its dynamism and capacity on the track. The Audi Sports team turned over 10,000 miles (770 laps) at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife to the development and testing mules of the new RS5.
Regarding design, the RS5 differs from the S5 due to its more aggressive front. It gives it greater capacity to take advantage of cold air to cool the components of its propulsion system. As well as to maximize its aerodynamic performance at high speeds.
The RS 5 comes standard with 9 “x 19” forged aluminum wheels with a 10-blade design and 265/35 R19 tires. The optional wheels are also forged of two-tone aluminum and special designs with 275/30 R20 tires.
The engine of the Audi RS5 2018 is a bi-turbo TFSI 2.9-liter V6. It can produce 444 HP (5,700-6,700) and 443 lb-ft (1,900-5,000) of torque. The pressure of the turbochargers can reach 21.6 psi (1.5 bar).
Its transmission is Tiptronic. That is how Audi calls automatic transmissions of the simple clutch capacity for manual changes, 8-speed. This replaces the twin-clutch Stronic. As the latter cannot withstand the 443 lb-ft of torque the engine produces.
Fuel consumption and other facilities
Thanks to this combination the vehicle of 3,990 pounds (1,810 kg) is capable of accelerating from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. It can reach a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km / h) in the standard version. With the optional package that equips it with the carbon-ceramic braking system. It releases it up to 174 mph (280 km / h). Official fuel consumption figures point to 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles on the highway.
The ‘Audi drive select ‘ drive selection system offers Comfort, Auto Dynamic and Individual options. It adjusts the rear sports differential, steering system, transmission, throttle response and RS suspension with the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC).
On the other hand, its system of brakes series counts on discs of front brakes ventilated and perforated of 375 mm and with calipers with six pistons. When one chooses to pay the additional $6,000 for the carbon-ceramic system. The rotors increase their diameter to 400 mm. Their calipers are painted in gray.
Inside, his cabin is almost exact to which I had the opportunity to enjoy Aboard the Audi S5. Some of the most apparent differences are the sports indicators that are projected in its digital instrument panel. These are the same ones we saw – and enjoyed – in the last generation of the R8. When we had the opportunity to evaluate it.
A couple of important details to mention for those who are considering buying a RS 5 for daily use. It is that it offers 11.6 cubic feet of space in your trunk or (5 less than the BMW M4) and 15.3 gallons (58 liters) capacity in your gas tank.
The initial price of the Audi RS 5 2018 in the US starts at $ 69,900 and with all the options available. The price can increase to approximately $85,000.
At the top of this page, you can see a short video where I highlight some of the most important details of the Audi RS5 2018. For those who want to know my driving impressions and more details about this machine.
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