Audi RS5 returns to vary with free-breathing 444bhp V6

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Audi’s on-line configurator reveals the revived RS5 Coupé in Audi Sport Version trim
Simply 250 Coupé and 250 Sportback variations of BMW M4 rival to be bought earlier than WLTP-mandated particulate filter is added

Audi has reintroduced the RS5 to its vary of efficiency automobiles, in each Coupé and four-door Sportback varieties, as a limited-run particular version.

The 2-door has been unavailable for the previous 12 months because of delays within the mannequin present process the brand new WLTP effectivity checks, whereas the Sportback is making its market debut following a launch in March 2018. 

Simply 250 of every bodystyle shall be bought, solely in Audi Sport Version trim, which is priced from £68,985.

An Audi spokesperson mentioned these 500 models are prone to be the ultimate RS5 fashions bought earlier than a particulate filter is put in as a part of a variety replace in 2020. 

For now, the RS5’s twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine produces an unchanged 444bhp and 443lb ft, with drive despatched to each axles through an eight-speed automated gearbox. 

Each fashions are mentioned to dispatch the Zero-62mph dash in three.9sec. Prime velocity is unconfirmed however prone to stay an electronically restricted 174mph. 

The Coupé manages 30.1mpg on the WLTP mixed cycle and the Sportback 29.7mpg, with corresponding CO2 outputs of 213g/km and 215g/km. 

In Audi Sport Version type, the RS5 options Anthracite 20in alloy wheels, tinted rear home windows, gloss black exterior trim and a efficiency exhaust system. 

Inside, the seats are completed in Alcantara and leather-based, with LED ambient lighting, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blindspot monitoring and a panoramic sunroof fitted as normal. 

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The return of the RS5 comes as Audi begins to convey its whole vary again to market following a three.5% drop in earnings final 12 months as newly carried out WLTP rules pressured the withdrawal of every for testing.

The German model’s vary of S-badged efficiency fashions has undergone a major transformation, with the S4, S5, S6 and S7 making the change to a 48V-assisted, turbocharged diesel V6. 

Talking on the agency’s annual press convention in March, board member Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler mentioned that Audi could not “afford to develop vehicles which don’t reply to our clients’ needs” however remained eager to protect its “sporty DNA”.

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