Designed to challenge the AMG- and M- offerings from those other German auto makers, the 2011 Audi RS5 is a tidy package of blistering performance and aggressive trim. Its high performance comes without reliance on tricks—just a 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 that manages around 450 hp. It’s relatively thin on torque—317 foot-pounds, to be exact—but makes up for it with engine revs that top out north of 8,000 RPM. Audi’s technical wizardry isn’t just found under the hood—the RS5’s wheel-selective toque-vectoring system, and crown-gear center differential mean the car can shift a tremendous amount of power to the front or rear wheels in an instant. The result is a powerful and grippy AWD; a car that’s as comfortable on the tight turns of a race track as it is speeding along back roads on a Sunday drive.
The RS 5 Coupé has Audi's trademark quattro all-wheel drive that consists of a center locking differential but switched to a crown gear differential that is lighter than the Torsen variant from previous models and provides an improved transfer of torque to each axle. The car also features a rear spoiler that will automatically raise at a certain speed to increase downforce for better grip performance.
The 4.2 litre V8 from the B7 RS 4 has been upgraded to make 442 hp (448 PS; 330 kW) at 8250 rpm and produces the same amount of torque, although it is already accessible at 4000 rpm. The RS 5 Coupé was only available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and accelerates quicker than the B7 RS 4 at the cost of top speed, which is about 10 mph (16 km/h) less than seen on the RS 4. The RS 5 requires 4.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and at least 10 seconds when accelerating to 100 mph.
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