The new 2011 Audi RS5, complete with its 450 horsepower FSI V-8 engine and seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox, is slated to go on sale in Europe this July but we still don’t have any confirmation of the vehicle coming to the U.S.
The guys at Automobile Magazine, however, recently reported that the car is destined for the U.S., which would make it one of the first RS models to be sold in the U.S. since the demise of the RS4 Cabriolet back in 2008. Now Inside Line is reporting the same, but warns that it won't be here until November 2011.
Each model sold in the U.S. will reportedly come fully loaded, which means they should feature the new rear-axle sport differential, Dynamic Ride Control software upgrades, and possibly the chromed Boysen sport exhaust--all of which are offered as options overseas.
Helping its case is the fact that prototypes for the RS5 were spotted in the U.S. over the past couple of years, suggesting that the car has been fine-tuned for local conditions. Pricing should fall around the $75,000 mark.
If you missed the RS5’s launch last month at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the pumped up coupe is essentially a more powerful version of the S5. Peak output of the RS5’s 4.2-liter V-8 engine stands at 450 horsepower and 317.15 pound-feet of torque. It is matched to a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox and a new center differential integrated into the standard quattro all-wheel drive system. Together, the powertrain propels the coupe’s 3,803 pound kerb weight from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and sees it reach a top speed of 174 mph.