Some clever folks have caught what seems to be an Audi RS5 test mule running around in what seems to be an Audi S5’s clothes. We say that because from most angles, it appears to be a standard Audi S5. However, a glance at the back of the car shows two massive exhaust pipes flanking either side of the rear, just on like Audi’s RS models. Plus, that’s not the way the Audi S5’s exhausts look, as that car has quad exhausts with two on either side, so we’re thinking this is an Audi RS5 test mule.
The upcoming Audi RS5 will compete with cars like the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Built on the same MLB platform as its S5 stable mate, the Audi RS5 will be lighter, lower, wider and faster than ever before. While we don’t have any specifics of what will power the upcoming RS5, it’s likely to be a variant of the current 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 in the standard S5. It could gain another turbocharger or maybe even an electric turbocharger, like the Audi SQ7 TDI.
Power for the Audi RS5 will likely be more than the 450 hp from the current RS5’s 4.2 liter V8. While the power will certainly be an upgrade, as will be its performance, the noise and character will likely suffer a downgrade. Not that Audi’s new turbocharged V6 mills aren’t any good, as they’re great engines, they just lack the aural drama and character of the current car’s naturally-aspirated V8. In fact, the current car’s V8 is, in our opinion, one of the best engines the brand has ever made.
While these spy shots don’t give anything else away, other than it’s exhaust pipes, don’t expect much change in the styling. Audi has never been one to make its high-performance models very flashy. Expect the same sort of reserved aggression that you see from the current car. And while we have no guarantee that this is an Audi RS5, those exhaust pipes don’t lie.Motor.es]