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New RS 5 Coupe arrives in local Audi showrooms

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Audi RS 5 Coupe
A 2.9-liter TFSI V6 engine with two turbochargers propels the Audi RS 5 Coupe.

THE high-performance version of Audi’s midsize coupe is now in the Philippines.

Introduced by the brand’s local distributor during a recent program was the second-generation Audi RS 5 Coupe. The car is the top variant in Audi’s A5 range, which is composed of a two-door coupe, two-door convertible and five-door fastback hatch. It was presented by Audi Sport GmBH driving instructor Christoph Klapper.

“The Audi RS 5 Coupe 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 the head of Audi Philippines, Benedicto T. Coyiuto.

Among other features, distinguishing the RS 5 Coupe from the rest of the A5 variants is its 2.9 TFSI V6 engine. Audi said this new twin-turbocharged mill sees “sharp increases in power and efficiency,” and also emits an “incomparably full-bodied” exhaust note for which RS variants are known. It makes 444 hp and 600 Nm of torque, 170 Nm more than that which the engine in the previous RS 5 produced. Audi also noted this output is available from 1,900 — 5,000 rpm. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends the power to a Quattro all-wheel drive system.

The car maker quoted performance figures of the RS 5 Coupe as: 0-100 kph in 3.9 seconds, 250 kph top speed (280 kph if the car is fitted with the optional RS dynamic package), 8.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, and 197 grams of CO2 spewed per kilometer. A body 60 kilograms lighter than that on the previous model is partly credited for the new car’s improved numbers.

Propping the car is a revised five-link suspension in front, and also a similar five-link setup in the rear (replacing the trapezoidal-link suspension used in the previous model). Audi said the change improves agility and comfort “significantly.” The RS 5 Coupe is also equipped with Dynamic Ride Control that’s specifically tuned for the car. Options include ceramic brakes and dynamic steering.

Audi said the RS 5 Coupe is first to feature the current RS design, and was inspired by motor sport details of the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO race car. Massive honeycomb air inlets, a wider single frame grille, air intakes next to the head lights and tail lamps, tinted bezels around the optional Matrix LED head lights, Quattro blisters over the wheel arches, 20-inch wheels, and RS-specific diffuser insert and oval tailpipes identify the exterior of the RS 5 Coupe.

RS sport seats, a flat-bottom multifunction sport leather steering wheel, and special RS displays in Audi’s virtual cockpit are some of the car’s cabin features.

The RS 5 Coupe is now sold at Audi Philippines dealerships.