2012 Audi RS5
We also get to see plenty of driving action and hear the sonorous sounds of the RS5’s naturally-aspirated V-8.
Make sure you turn the volume up for this one!
In case you missed our previous report, the RS5 develops a peak output of 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Its engine is matched to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox, equipped with launch control, and power goes to all four wheels via an updated quattro all-wheel-drive system.
This revised quattro system now uses a self-locking crown-gear center differential, which can widely vary the amount of torque sent to the front or rear wheels. Under normal driving conditions, torque is split 40 percent front and 60 percent rear, but as traction changes, up to 85 percent of the torque can be sent to the rear wheels (or up to 70 percent to the front).
Audi isn’t telling us how much the RS5 will sell for just yet, nor is it saying how many it will bring into the U.S. If you want an RS5 in your own garage, you had better start getting friendly with your Audi dealer real quick as sales are commencing this spring.
If you do miss out, don’t be too sad as Audi is also planning a convertible version of the RS5, which should be appearing in showrooms very soon as well.