The new Audi RS 5 Coupé has been launched in the Indian market, priced at Rs 1.1 crore, ex-showroom. The two-door coupe is essentially the most driver-focussed A4/A5 derivative on the market, and is a product of Audi Sport, the German carmaker’s performance division.
Powering it is a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine that makes 444 bhp@5700-6700 rpm and 61.22 kgm@1900-5000 rpm. With a 40:60-split quattro system and 8-speed tiptronic gearbox (both standard), the car manages to do a 0-100 kph in 3.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 250 kph (both company claimed). Under ideal conditions it’s also more environment-friendly than before, exhaling under 200 g of CO2 per km. The claimed fuel economy isn’t bad at 10.28 kpl.
Being a top-spec Audi, features aren’t going to be anything but plenty. Apart from the standard ones (which we’ll get to in a bit), the RS 5 is also available with an optional aluminium matt package for the exterior. There are eight colours to choose from, including popular ones like Nardo Grey and Sonoma Green.
The rather-long list of equipment includes front sport seats, panoramic sunroof, dynamic steering, 19-inch alloy wheels, quattro system with a self-locking diff, B&O sound system, Audi Virtual Cockpit, Leather/Alcantara upholstery, etc. The options list includes additional use of carbon fibre/carbon look on things like mirror housing, engine cover, etc; Nappa leather upholstery; brake calipers covered in glossy red finish, etc.
Audi India’s Head, Rahil Ansari said, “Audi Sport signifies the transition of Audi’s racetrack technology into production-ready performance cars. Born on the track, built for the road — the all-new Audi RS 5 Coupe is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport. The car’s V6 bi-turbo engine has been developed from the ground up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency. The all-new Audi RS 5 Coupe combines the performance of a sports car and the comfort of a sedan which makes it a desirable machine for our customers and enthusiasts who are smart yet adventurous and want to make an incomparable style statement. 2018 is the year of Audi Progression and in line with this, we are renewing our performance car portfolio in India and have lined up more surprises in store for our performance-car enthusiasts in the coming days. The all-new Audi RS 5 Coupe is a unique product as it bridges the gap for the customers who are practical and want to own a luxury car with the performance of a sports car.”