Audi Unveils Revamped RS5 Before Official Frankfurt Premiere
By Carl Malek
With the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show now upon us, the folks at Audi have officially revealed the refreshed 2012 Audi RS5 sport coupe ahead of its much anticipated global debut. Updated for the 2012 model year, the RS5 now features new front end styling that is more assertive and bolder than the current car’s, thanks to the use of restyled headlights, a tweaked lower fascia treatment, and new daylight running lamps. This theme continues to the rear of the coupe with the application of a revised rear fascia that features an automated spoiler, and special aerodynamic channels that help bestow the car with additional stability when driven at high speeds.
The new RS5’s bold and aggressive styling also carries over to the newly redesigned driver-oriented interior which has also been given a fresh dose of sportiness for the 2012 model year. The standard power adjustable sports seats are covered with a special black leather/Alacantra fabric combination material that should do an excellent job providing support and comfort for spirited driving. For those that want a more luxury-oriented feel to their RS5, Audi also offers Nappa leather-upholstered seats in either black or lunar silver as an alternative choice, as well as other seating options. The rest of the interior is largely unchanged from the standard Audi A5, and other than some splashes of carbon fiber, a newly redesigned flat bottomed steering wheel, and RS5 exclusive badges, the overall layout should look familiar to current A5 owners.
Providing the power for this special coupe is a hand-built version of Audi’s familiar 4.2 liter FSI V8 which is good for 450 horsepower, 317 lb ft of torque, and a brisk 4.6 second 0 to 60 mph time. Audi also claims that this engine has the ability to rev up to an 8,500 RPM redline. All of this power is routed to the road through a seven speed S Tronic gearbox and distributed to all four wheels with the help of the company’s familiar quattro all wheel drive system. Audi engineers tweaked the quattro system for the new RS5 with the addition of a new crown gear center differential unit. Basically a self locking center differential, Audi claims that the new crown differential is both much lighter and more compact but also helps the car maintain reasonably high efficiency.
Audi has not yet released official pricing or additional details on the 2012 Audi RS5. Regardless of that, the 2012 RS5 does a good job following up on the first generation model and it should be more than capable of following in the first generations footsteps. Also be sure to stay tuned for Autosavant’s continuing coverage of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.