Audi RS5 Has BMW And Mercedes-Benz In Its Sights

quattro GmbH is Audi's well known skunk works division. They have been pumping out hardcore versions of many standard Audis for over 15 years. quattro GmbH gives all of its high performance cars the "RS" badge with the first one being the 1994 Audi RS4 Avant, with RS meaning RennSport in German, which is simply translated as Racing Sport. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first Audi quattro and they have decided to have a party by releasing an all new model, dubbed the Audi RS5.

This new model is the newest installment of this very famous line of cars. Not long ago the Audi RS4 was around and it was going head to head with its main rivals being the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. The RS5 is the replacement for the RS4 and just might take the crown from both of them.

It's based off the S5 which is already an awesome car, being great for any businessmen or woman who has a family they need to taxi around everywhere. quattro GmbH has gone rather 'insane' with this new car. It will be powered by the same engine as the S5, that being Audi's 4.2-liter V-8, which in the RS5 produces 444 horsepower that's available in all its glory at a screaming 8,250 rpm, with 317 pound-feet of torque available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. This engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission, which unfortunately will not be offered in a traditional manual. Drivers can either drive the car in full automatic or use the paddle-shifters on the steering wheel.

The Audi RS5 weighs in at only 3,802 pounds and as a result of its 444 horsepower can launch from 0-60 mph in a measly 4.6 seconds, with the top speed being electronically limited to 155 mph, which can be increased to 173 mph upon request.

Unlike the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and BMW M3 Sedan, the RS5 will not be offered in four-door format which may limit its sales, due to it not being appropriate for families. Who knows, Audi may bring out a sedan variant, but at this stage this is all we have.

The RS5 can be distinguished from the S5 be its all round aggressive look. The front bumper is very mean and threatening with the new diffuser, oval exhausts and an extendable rear spoiler all being clear differences over the A5 and S5.

As for the interior, well, it is magnificent. Audi possibly makes the best looking interiors on the market today. It comes standard with sport seats covered in luxurious black leather, with carbon-fiber drizzled around the car. Audi obviously intends on owners to take their car out for a spin at the local track and have integrated a lap timer into the driver information system.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz need to watch out because the RS5 is on the prowl.

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