Now that the Audi A5 and S5 have already made it to market, we’re waiting for the Rennsport variant to hit the streets. Fortunately for us, the upcoming Audi RS5 was just caught doing some winter testing in the snow. So we get to see some of the features of the upcoming car. (We don’t own the photo but they can be seen at Automobile Mag)
Unfortunately, the upcoming Audi RS5 will be ditching the current RS5’s magnificent 4.2 liter V8. That engine was one of the best on the market and one of our absolute favorites. However, now it’s being replaced with something else, something…turbocharged.
We don’t know exactly which engine the RS5 will be getting but we know it will come with at least one turbocharger. Now, it’s been rumored that it could get the same new 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 that powers the Porsche Panamera, which makes 440 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. That would be a great engine to us, as it’s brand-new, is incredibly powerful, quite compact and even fuel efficient. However, it isn’t the only option.
Audi also has a pretty excellent 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from the Audi RS3 Sedan that makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. While it isn’t as powerful as the aforementioned V6, it’s incredibly punchy and makes a fantastic noise. There’s also a rumor that it will get the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that powers the standard S5, though with a 48-volt electrical system that powers an electrically-powered compressor (EPC), which is basically a second, electrically-powered turbocharger. This would add a significant amount of boost and do so at nearly zero rpm, so it would virtually eliminate turbo-lag. It’s the same setup that Audi uses on the SQ7 TDI, just on a different engine.
From the spy photos, though, there isn’t much to tell about the RS5 that we wouldn’t already know. It’s got the typical Audi RS styling, with massive front air intakes, a more aggressive front lip spoiler and large twin exhaust pipes. It looks low and wide and mean, just like an Audi RS5 should.