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.
The 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?