It’s a relatively quiet period for Audi as there haven’t been any major reveals in quite a while. The silver lining is that new videos are added constantly on the company’s media site, highlighting current products. After yesterday’s clever aero development for the E-Tron S Sportback, today we get to check out an RS5 animation focusing on the heart of the car – its 2.9-liter TFSI V6 twin-turbo engine.
We’re obviously looking at the facelifted version introduced towards the end of last year, specifically at the European version. How do we know? Because the RS5 animation shows the speedy Sportback equipped with a gasoline particulate filter you’re not going to find outside of the Old Continent where emissions regulations are not as strict. Those swanky matte bronze wheels measuring 20 inches were added as optional equipment with the RS5 Sportback’s mid-cycle facelift.
It’s got the same engine as before, pumping out 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts) between 5,700 rpm and 6,700 rpm along with a generous torque of 600 Newton-meters (443 pound-feet) attainable in the 1,900 – 5,000 rpm range. It’s enough V6 muscle to guarantee a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). On request, Audi will loosen up the limiter to unlock a maximum velocity of 174 mph (280 km/h).
The RS5 animation is a good opportunity to see the harmony between the twin-turbo TFSI engine, eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, and the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The other side of the coin is weight as the high-performance Sportback is no Miata. It tips the scales at 1,817 kilograms (4,005 pounds) in European specification, and that’s before adding the necessary fluids.
You can shave off a bit of weight by getting the carbon-ceramic brakes and the coupe-only carbon-fiber roof, but it won’t make much of a difference. Don’t expect the next-generation car to be any lighter considering Audi Sport has already confirmed the RS4/RS5 models will switch to a plug-in hybrid powertrain.