The recent debut of Audi’s new A5 and S5 led to one question, “When will we see the RS5?” While we still don’t have a definitive answer, we now have a few more clues thanks to our intrepid spy photographers and some leaked details that Motor1 got its hands on. Here’s what we know.
Rumors have been swirling that the RS4 and RS5 will be powered by a version of Porsche’s new twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine found in the new Panamera 4S. In that guise, it produces 440 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. But according to an Audi official we talked with, that will not be the case and the new RS5 will utilize an engine from the Audi stable. What that engine will be is anyone’s guess, but the 2.5-liter five cylinder turbo from the TT RS or some version of its 3.0-liter V-6 would be the most likely candidates. Suffice it to say, we think the 4.2-liter V-8 powering the present RS5 is not long for Audi’s world. No matter then engine, we expect the RS5 to have at least 450 horsepower, which is what the outgoing model makes.
As always, Audi will offer an optional package that removes the speed limiter, allowing the RS5 to likely top 180 mph. The standard S5 receives another all-new V-6 engine but only puts out 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Furthermore, like its siblings, the RS5 will come equipped with a full-color head-up display, a suite of driver-assistance packages including; curfew, speed, valet adaptive cruise control, and traffic assists. It will also include Audi’s standard suite of optional extras including a premium sound system and a set of carbon ceramic brakes, likely similar to those found on the R8, RS7, and S8.
Pricing still hasn’t been released on the standard A5 or S5, however, based on current predictions and previous RS5 generations, it will likely carry a starting price of just more than $70,000. In addition to the standard RS5 coupe, Audi will also introduce both a RS5 convertible and RS5 Sportback, likely to arrive later this year after the RS5 debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.