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May 23, 2018

Audi Philippines Showcases 2018 RS 5 Coupe (w/ Video)

Audi Philippines recently showcased the second-generation 2018 Audi RS 5 Coupé, the first Audi Sport model to feature the current RS design powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter TFSI V6 engine delivering 450 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.

“The Audi RS 5 Coupé is a car that exudes character – from its progressive design to its sporty interior. Not only does the new RS 5 defines perfection in design, comfort and safety, it also delivers sophisticated performance one can only expect from Audi,” said Audi Philippines Head, Benedicto Coyiuto.

Drawing inspiration from past RS models such as the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO, the RS5 is characterized by its massive (and more) air inlets, wider and flatter Singleframe radiator grille, and tinted headlight bezels. The quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the wheel arches which have been widened by 15 millimeters over the standard Audi A5. The 20-inch wheels is standard. At the back, it has a surface-mounted spoiler lip, oval tailpipes of its RS-specific exhaust system, and a RS-specific diffuser.

The engine, developed from the ground-up by Audi offers sharp response and improved efficiency. Its broad torque curve (the peak 600 Nm is available from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm) enables a 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. Opting for the RS dynamic package pushes terminal velocity to 280 km/h. Naturally, the exhaust note has been tuned to deliver a full-bodied sound. Power flows through an 8-speed automatic and of course, permanent all-wheel drive with a self-locking center differential. And despite the power increase over the previous RS 5, it is also lighter: 60 kilograms less (1,655 kilograms) without a driver.

Sitting 7 millimeters lower than the A5, the RS 5 gets a front and rear five-link suspension along with RS sport suspension plus Dynamic Ride Control (DRC). The Audi drive select makes the driving experience even more personal while optional ceramic brakes provide excellent stopping power.

Bathed in black, the interior is sportily equipped. It gets a flat-bottomed RS sport steering wheel an sport seats along with other RS interior cues scattered around. It also gets a special display set-up in the Audi virtual cockpit while the red contrasts on the center console, armrest, seatbelts, and floor mats give it a more playful tone.

The RS 5 is available for order at all Audi Philippines showrooms nationwide.

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