Geneva Show 2010 Highlights: 2011 Audi RS5


The Quattro is back! In a spectacular show debut, Audi unveiled the new RS5 alongside its forebear – the original Quattro. Marking the 30th anniversary of the legendary four-wheel-drive machine, the new model gets a 444bhp 4.2-litre V8.

This is hooked up to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox and uses Audi's legendary Quattro all-wheel drive, which means the RS5 does 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph, although Audi can increase that to 174mph on request.

A new compact and lightweight centre differential means up to 85 per cent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels. A rear differential can also be added to improve the on-limit handling. Suspension lowered by 20 millimetres and Audi's Drive Select system, which allows you to choose between three driving modes - Comfort, Auto and Dynamic - should sharpen up the experience even further.

It looks the part, too, with a new front bumper with larger air intakes, bulging wheelarches and a new honeycomb grille. At the back a reprofiled rear bumper sits above a blacked-out diffuser with the trademark RS oval tailpipes either side. Unique 19 or 20-inch alloys, revised LED tail-lights and a rear spoiler that deploys automatically at 74mph, finish off the exterior tweaks.

Prices are expected to start from under £60,000 when the car goes on sale in May. First deliveries begin in October. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express
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