July 2, 2013: German luxury carmaker, Audi has today launched the new 2013 Audi RS5 in India at Rs 95.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra) . The sports version of the company's flagship saloon A5, the RS5 has received changes both inside and out, which makes the car 'Faster, Stronger, Sportier' than before. The similar vehicle was first unveiled at the last year's Geneva Motor Show. Exterior changes in the 2013 RS5 include redesigned bonnet contours, bumpers, LED tail lights, newly designed 19-inch alloys. While inside the cabin, it has got a new RS three-spoke steering wheel, tweaks to the AC controls, gear level, instrument stalks, mirror adjustment and electric window switchgear. Other than the aforementioned changes, the 2013 RS5 also gets cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a DVD based satellite nav and iPOD connection as standard. Mechanically the car remains all the same, having powered by a 4.2-litre V8 all- aluminium, direct injection engine, it churns out the power outputs of 444bhp and 430Nm. The car touches the 0-100kmph mark in mere 4.5 seconds and attains a top-speed of 280kmph.
The 2013 Audi RS5 is a high performance sports car that has arrived with the alluring package of an elegant coupe. The star performer, Audi RS5 from the house of German auto major carries forward the heritage of the A5 family and was introduced in India in the 2011. The new 2013 version of this sports vehicle has been rendered with upgraded edgy elements with the latest technology engine specifications to turn heat against the competition. The frame and chassis got on board for the new version has lowered the body structure with 20mm, if we see the legacy of the Audi A5 family. The hood under which the powerful petrol engine sits has given a cut edge look that creates an illusion of three dimensions, which astounds and captivates the onlooker. On the technical front beneath the red, flared wheel arches of 2013 Audi RS5 lies some muscular hardware. The motivating power behind this hard core sports vehicle is the 4.2-litre V8 naturally aspirated petrol engine that comes from the V8 and V10 engines used in the mid-engine R8. The engine is impressive and generates massive power and torque figures, which are tagged at 444bhp and 430Nm and comes with Audi’s all wheel drive system Quattro that pushes the differential performance to a full 60% and this coupled with the seven speed S-tronic gearbox takes the performance of the sports car to an all new different level. The RS5 power and electric hardware feels complicated and will simply push you to aim the coupe at speed corners and then the RS5 braking and handling systems opens its jaws and tears you away from damaging it. This sports coupe is brawny and muscular and done to the perfection which reaching the 100kmph speed from standstill sooner and will talk to the air with 280kmph top speed. Power is well received in all the four wheels and would push to keep pace with the revs and the vrooming sound exerted from the exhaust pipes as soon as you key in the engine. The tank capacity is 64 liters and the though a bit less for such a sports vehicle, which pushes you to go further than a late night evening walk.
Even though, the coupe comes with a sports car appeal, the practicality of it cannot be taken away and it is easier to drive in heavy traffic and the ground clearance is decent enough for a person to manage. The interiors are done in black with space decent enough to accommodate four people even though it’s a two-door vehicle only as evident from the name ‘coupe’. With the front seats the rear bench also comes with plush thigh support and headroom and legroom space and with a useful 455-litre boot capacity. The rear seats can be folded to half, two-third to increase the space. The steering wheel is effortlessly light and the crisp Bang & Olufsen audio soothes the driver with the Alacantra and Nappa Leather upholstery adding plushness to the cabin area.
The 2013 version of Audi RS5 has been spawned on the Audi A5 platform although has increased in terms of length and width and has gone down when it comes to height. This sports coupe is powered with 4.2-litre, V8, naturally aspirated petrol engine that comes from the family of Audi?s petrol engine legacy and is capable to churn out 444bhp and 430Nm torque figure. The engine comes mated to 7-speed S-tronic transmission gearbox and to equally distribute the power in the four engines with the Audi?s 4WD system Quattro, which has also gone on board. The sprint capability to reach 100kmph of this sports car is only 4.5 seconds and top speed figure that can be attained is about 280kmph, which is incredible....
Ed's Take: Sports cars like the Audi RS5 will have a fuel economy of about 3-5 km/hr, and when you go pedal to metal the figure could be even lesser.
The upgraded version of Audi RS5 runs on a tweaked version of 4.2-litre, V8 petrol engine, which is mated to a 7-speed S-tronic gearbox. This amalgamation of the direct injection fuel engine and super saving Quattro drive system offers a fuel economy figure of 10.8 Kmpl , which is good enough to beat the competition.
Ed's Take: The power produced by the Audi RS5 is 444bhp and the 4.2-litre naturally aspirated engine, this is amazing power on paper.
As soon as you turn on the ignition key, the power of the Audi RS5 engine is made evident, the low slumber sound made by the 4.2L V8 FSI engine found under the hood of the coupe draws attention even of the far off vehicle driver. The 4163cc FSI engine comes with direct petrol injection that offers high rev quality to the coupe and is responsible for the 444bhp approximate output along with a torque figure of 430Nm at 4000–6000 rpm. The 4.2L V8 engine is duly supported with the 7-speed S-tronic gearbox and also comes along with the Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive system.
Ed's Take: The RS 5 can push you back into your seat with its brutal acceleration; it is capable of creating a bellow in your chest.
In terms of mechanics, Audi RS5 derive its energy from the aspirated, 4.2-litre, V8, all-aluminum, direct injection engine, which is capable to cough out 444bhp and 430Nm output figure. Along with the powerful engine Audi has incorporated the Quattro all-wheel drive system along with the seven speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission system that gives the coupe a sprint capability to reach 100kmph mark from standstill in 4.5 seconds and to talk to the air with top speed of 280kmph.
Audi RS5 comes with nimble and edgy road stance and the coupe classic well-designed two door lines sparks the eye with the clear-cut intonation. The front fascia has been rendered with single-frame grille with trapezoidal design in high-gloss that comes with Grey colored honeycomb build-up and is supported with the matte finished aluminum cut frame. The bi-xenon headlamps have got on board and come along with narrow stripped LED daytime running lights. Featuring below the headlamps are the large bumper opening that embeds the air flow and feature splitter edge that gives a reminiscence of a sports car. The smooth flow of the lines along with the prominent edges creates a three-dimensional look and the low sitting engine offers a broader and muscular stance to the Audi RS5 from the front end. The front fenders are flared and a lot of features incorporated at the rear side are nostalgic of the old Audi models. The side sills of the Audi RS5 come with strong and clear-cut caps and the Outside rear view mirrors along with the trim strips come with fine aluminum finishing. The sloppy roof line at the front is curvy over the head and then goes at the rear end to merge with the large glass of the rear, which then smoothly leads to the boot of the RS5. The boot area is slightly tucked out and feels a bit out of picture in the classy coupe design. Right below the boot lid is the Audi insignia and the side features the LED rear lights which are also freshly incorporated in the 2013 version of this vroomer with the continuous light strips. What’s prominent at the rear end are the two oval cut exhaust pipes from the dual exhaust system of the vehicle that have got on board with the redesigning of the RS5. As soon as you turn the engine on the two exhaust pipes offer a more voluminous sound giving a hint of the power of the engine and attracting the attention of the bystander. Along with the exhaust system has come in the new black exhaust tip bezels. All these features accumulative makes it a stunner and the speed with which the coupe and thanks to its advanced aerodynamics, the RS 5 Coupe generates down force at high speed to further enhance stability.
This dynamic looking sports coupe from the German Auto major Audi is based on the A5 sedan platform and comes with extended length of 23mm, which tags the length of the coupe to 4649mm and the width has been increased by 6mm leading to an overall figure of 1860mm and the height however has been decreased by 6mm measuring to 1366mm overall height.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the RS 5 are extremely sporty and stylish. It has those deep bucket seats that cocoon around you, keeping you held at one place while hard cornering.
The Audi RS5 elegance and perfection of the exteriors have extended to the interiors as well. The interiors come in shades of black with delicate narrow chrome clasps with the bells and switched that offer subtle accents. The plush environment are made more luxurious with the Fine Nappa Leather upholstery that comes in a choice of colors like black or lunar silver both of which are slightly accented and comes with grey colored piping. The seats are sporty and comes with integrated headrests which can be power operated and are done in fine black leather upholstery or Alacantra. Also Audi has in offer the bucket seats which come with foldable backrests and the seating area has also been equipped for climatic control and with a ventilation function to keep your journey smooth and extremely comfortable despite harsh climates outside. The inlays are offered in carbon or brushed or etched aluminum finishing or light-colored stainless steel mesh or the option of a high-gloss piano finish is also available . The steering wheel is leather finished and comes with multi-functions, the rim of the steering wheel is thick and flattened and at the bottom of the rim there are new elements incorporated, which helps in easy maneuver of the coupe. Along with the freshly designed steering wheel the ignition key area and the shift lever knobs have also been redone with the steering column stalks. The instrument area has all been done in the black shade gauges with the lettering all finished in white hue and with special scaling. The central console includes driver information system with color display that comes with special RS menu with a lap timer and an oil thermometer. The instrumental console is finished with piano-finish and also consists of speedometer, tachometer which both reaches the red marks of the limit as soon as the engine is turned on and down, the typical sporty favor of the coupe. The aluminum finish can be seen all over the interiors, pedal area, footrests and the bells and switches of the the optional MMI navigation systems along with the door sill trims and RS5 badges.
Audi has loaded this Audi RS5 with extremely lavish comfort aspects and innuendo expected in the sports car with this hefty price tag. To begin with the comfort features, the coupe comes with superb powerful and efficient air conditioning unit with a heater, responsible for cooling (or heating) the entire cabin quickly, power the outside rear view mirrors are power operated and help in better vision as with this speedy vehicle to keep a gauge on the surrounding vehicles is a must. The boot area is also electric, which can be opened and shut with the click of a button. Now driving this powerful 4.2L V8 engine run sports car has been made easy with tilt adjustable power steering. The central console are features are all remote operated with bells and buttons also incorporated in the steering wheel for easy usage. The seats come with lumbar support and automatic backrests and headrests which come with memory functions that remember your choice and adjust accordingly. The rear seat backrest are foldable and can also be split half, two-thirds or fully with remote backrest release in luggage compartment. Also there are seat heaters available, a plush feature to be incorporated in RS5 coupe.
The amazing and captivating Audi RS5 interiors space is capable to accommodate four-people barring the name of coupe. This premium sports car interior are lavish with plush seats finished in Alacantra or Fina Nappa leather and offers good enough leg room with ample head and shoulder space for all the five occupants. This roomy sports car can make your journey plush and very relaxing. The bucket seats are comfortable with automatic back rests and headrests with lumbar support and a boot space capacity which is also quite spacious.
Ed's Take: The 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine on the Audi RS5 is naturally aspirated and it revs upto 8250rpm. This makes the RS5’s V8 motor churn maximum power at higher revs.
The high powered refreshed version of Audi RS5 comes with nearly same technical attributes as the previous version of the coupe. The power is generated with the 4.2-litre, V8 based naturally aspirated engine, which is high-revving and offers an output figure of 444bhp and 430Nm. This engine is mated with a 7-speed S-tronic gearbox, which ensures smoother gear shifts at all times.
Ed's Take: The Audi RS5 comes with several bells and whistles, and if you aren’t happy then you could even customise your exterior and interior styling.
The Audi RS5 is loaded with the latest generation MMI (Multimedia Interface) from Audi that incorporates a slide in touch screen along with a touch pad similar to the A8. There are 12 speakers and tweeters on the RS5 and you can also upgrade to the high end entertainment package that includes two rear LCD screens along with Bose or Bang & Olufsen surround speakers. You can also go for the optional hard drive navigation system that works flawlessly with the MMI system of the RS5. The RS5 MMI system comes with the USB port and the AUX port to connect memory sticks and iPods. Passengers can also connect their mobile phones to the MMI Bluetooth to make and receive calls on the move.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The company has bestowed the neatly carved out wheel arches of this 2013 Audi RS5 on a classy set of freshly incorporated 19” alloy wheels, which come with 5-arm structured design and in the size of 9J x 19. These stylish set of alloy rims are further equipped with tubeless radial tyres, which are of size 265/35 R 19 that have a superior grip on any terrain.
Ed's Take: Asking about the handling of the RS5 is equivalent to doubting the handling of a modern day sports car.
The braking of this high performance sports car is extremely crucial given the high speed it can achieve. The 8-piston calipers included in the coupe of the 18 inch standard high performance braking system exert a powerful pull on the front axle and for those tough conditions. The company has incorporated 19 inch ceramic brake system with 6-piston fixed calipers for the rear wheels. The sports suspension system of the Coupe is very lightweight with dynamic ride control DRC and the suspension is hydraulic controlled, which lowers down the pitch and the body roll of the vehicle with longitudinal and transverse axes. The front axle and the rear axle both come with McPherson struts braking system that gives the car exceptional driving dynamics and greater driving comfort. The fast lane changing and driving in tight corners is when this chassis is at its best. The coupe comes with perfect suspension that works with as much precision and immediacy all thanks to the power assistance. The steering effort is minimal and is at its best around the tight bends and parking where the coupe reveals its immediate driving response.
Ed's Take: The safety features list on the RS5 is long with several airbags, ABS, ESP and even Quattro to never lose traction.
This 2013 Audi RS5 Coupe comes with a Hill-start assist system that comes as a standard for manual that assist the driver’s ride comfortable, easy and roll-free on an incline. The system also detects that the coupe has been put to a halt on an incline position. Given that the brake pressure is stable, at all four wheels the RS5 comes with Audi 4WD system, Quattro. This sports vehicle comes mechanically locking rear differential available with 19 inch alloy wheels. That amalgamation is good enough to enhances the traction of the driven rear wheels on rough patches and when speeding on sharp bends and damping of load change reactions during fast cornering is less. Road holding at the high speeds is extremely impressive, the car holds its flow of line better, and so the intervention is much less.
Audi RS5 Pros :
Extended dimension, braking and safety features, plush interiors, powerful engine.
Audi RS5 Cons :
Features could be more, expensive price tag.
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