Audi updates the storming RS 5 coupé


Audi has updated the surprising disappointment that is the RS 5 coupé. Obviously any family-type coupé with a 4.2-litre V8 sourced from the Audi R8 is going to stir up a couple of endorphins, but, to be honest, the RS 5 was always less than the sum of its parts. (This plus this.)

But that could change, because Audi has mechanically updated the RS 5 so that...its steering rack is more efficient. Hmm.

Economy is improved, therefore, to 26.9mpg combined, with 246g/km average emissions, from an engine that's essentially from the R8 V10 with two cylinders lopped off. Those economy figures are improved from 26.2mpg and 252g/km.

It has 444bhp at 8,250rpm, and it's driven through a seven-speed S tronic twin clutch automatic gearbox. The 0-62mph time has reduced from 4.6 seconds to 4.5 seconds, while top speed is still limited to 155mph.

The nuts and bolts of the drivetrain remain the same, meaning it has quattro permanent four-wheel drive with a centre differential that can send up to 70% of the power to the rear wheels.

A sport differential is on the options list, which can shift power across the rear axle during cornering, ensuring the car pulls around even at silly speed.

Mostly, the changes are cosmetic and trim-based. The grille is slightly altered, but it's not clear how. More obvious are the new LED light strips around the headlamps, while the bumpers are re-profiled, and the design of the 19-inch alloy wheels changed.

The RS5 now gets Bluetooth, DVD sat nav, and a iPod connection as standard, and you may notice that the steering wheel is a new three-spoke design.

First deliveries begin in April, with customers asked to hand over £58,725.
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