2017 Audi RS5 Coupe Launched In Europe, Priced From €80,900

Audi has officially launched the 2017 RS5 Coupe in Europe, which now gets a new twin-turbo V6 that’s been co-developed with Porsche.

The second generation of the RS5 is, according to Audi, the gran turismo model in their RS lineup, combining high everyday usability with an elegant, yet powerful presence.

The bodywork features a much wider and flatter front grille from the base models, additional air intakes next to the headlights and Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO-inspired fenders that are wider by 15mm (0.6 inches). As standard, the new RS5 Coupe comes with 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch alloys available as optional extras.

Under the bonnet lies an all-new twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 which develops 450PS (444hp) and 600Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque, which is 170Nm (125.4 lb-ft) more than the previous model and available from just 1,900rpm. Zero to 62mph (100 km/h) takes place in 3.9 seconds, with the top speed limited to 250km/h (155mph) as standard, and 280km/h (174mph) if you tick the RS dynamic package in the options list.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is responsible for transferring the power to all four wheels, with the Quattro system featuring a central self-locking differential – though a rear sport differential is also offered as an option.

The chassis now gets a revised five-link setup on the front axle and a new five-link setup at the rear, in place of the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. When fitted with the standard RS sport suspension, the new RS5 sits 7 mm (0.27 in) lower than the base model, with Audi Sport also offering an RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning as an option.

The first examples of the new Audi RS5 will hit dealerships in Germany and other European countries this month, with prices starting from €80,900.

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  • Eunos

    Probably the same engine will be in the new S6/7. In the case of the RS5, I consider it

    big improvement over the old n/a V8, but in the case of the S6/7 it’s a shame they’ll get rid of the fantastic 4.0T V8.

  • Charles Lane

    Great car, the price is a bit higher than expected. I know the 2.9turbos is superior to the 3.0 from the e S5. I just cant see the justification of the price increase

    • Akira

      Look how much the M4/C63 are and you have your answer.

  • Dennis James

    Five-link front suspension. Interesting !

  • dumblikeyou2

    Maybe in person they look better, but in photos, those wheels look like crap.

    • serge charles

      That was my first impression too, they look like accord rims

  • Blade t

    Seems like a nice setup ,but that’s a big price tag….

  • lagunas3ca

    No retractable spoiler. No enclosed big bore exhausts. Wheels look they’re copied from the Centenario. However, Audi Virtual Cockpit and bumping top speed up to 174mph with RS Dynamic package (price?) are a plus.

  • nastinupe

    So this car is going to have less power than the 2015 Audi RS5? The V8 had 450 hp while this will have 444 hp. Wow… I’m very disappointed.

    • Matt

      But more torque and better performance… so what’s the downside?

  • SteersUright

    Love this car but would never get it. For all the love the ZF automatic gets from the press, I hate it for performance applications. Its a fantastic automatic, but unlike DSG/PDK/DCT, I found it way too slow and dimwitted in my 328, 335, and Lexus GS350 F-Sport. And yet here it is again, in an Audi RS car of all cars. Not just a regular Audi (where it makes sense), nope, they’re using it on an ultra high performance RS…why??? Alas, just the preferences of one enthusiast here. But I rented a 2014 Porsche 911 PDK while in Vegas recently and my g-d, now thats a proper automatic for a performance car.

  • Vassilis

    Love the flared arches but really hate that haunch above them. It doesn’t look right.