Audi RS5 Coupe Appears, Leaking Its Way into Geneva

February 22nd, 2010

All the headlines are screaming, “Leaked images of Audi RS5!” Well, who cares if they are leaked or not? Big deal: Somebody at Audi’s agency put the RS5 brochure out to the press a few days in advance of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 2. Accidental or not, such “leakages” do a lot to build demand and interest, as one can see by the number of references to the story on Alltop:Autos.

Audi RS5The car promises to be fabulous, yet only one of these many stories offers any solid details, including a company press release. So much for leaking. Basics:

The RS5 will be powered by a turbocharged V8 engine with a total output of 450 bhp at 8250 rpm and a maximum output of 317 lbs-ft of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The car weights [sic] only 3,802 lbs and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, but it can be increased to 173 mph.

It has all the Audi goodies, of course, including Quattro AWD, a seven-speed S-tronic transmission (choose among three modes), adjustable steering and handling options, and on and on. Drive it away in Europe (but not yet in the U.S.) for €77,000 (about $104,000).

Will it beat the M3? Close contest, we’d say. The car looks a lot like the S5, but the trained Audi-lover will pick up some nice distinctions, particularly in the gorgeous interior. We wonder how soon a few will get “leaked” to the U.S.

This is the classic, top-drawer Euro sports car. Why would you (or why would you not) want one?

—jgoods

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  1. Ced
    February 22nd, 2010 at 15:59 | #1

    I’ve driven the BMW E36 & E46 M3 on the track, and I have driven the Audi S5 with the V8 on the streets. Reviews have reported that the BMW handles better, but the Audi is a very competent handling vehicle. In the real world how many people actually take their cars to the track, or have enough training to know how to enjoy the car’s handling ability? People in general buy HP. Audi always seems to bring out a newer model a year a so before the M3; so, I think Audi turbo comes before the M3 gets its turbo.

  2. randy
    February 22nd, 2010 at 14:12 | #2

    I haven’t driven the newer M3 but have a lot of track time in a 2005 M3. The wonderful thing about the M3 is the superb and very balanced performance without reverting to buckets of gimmicks and tweaks. While all the junk sounds good, it can make a vehicle very hard to drive in a performance situation. Not so with the M3, whose performance is very predictable. I’ve never been impressed with Audi, although I admit I haven’t driven one for quite awhile. If I was in the market for such a car, though, I’d sure want to compare it with an M3 before deciding.

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