RS5 images leak ahead of Geneva
Images of Ingolstadt’s most keenly anticipated car of 2010, the RS5, have leaked a week before its Geneva motor show debut.
Although the RS5 has not chalked-up the swiftest engineering turnaround time for Audi's RS performance arm (the stock A5 has been around since 2007), the high-performance coupe is now nearly road-ready. Gauged on first (purely aesthetic) impressions, it would appear to have been well worth the wait.
The handsome A5 shape is given a significant fleshing out in RS regalia, with a raft of aerodynamic trinkets hidden amongst the high-performance styling details. Chief amongst these is the retractable bootlid spoiler and honeycomb-mesh front grille.
Around the RS5's rump there is a very elborate diffuser flanked by two generously oversized exhausts, which indicate the car will offer performance true to its 'RS' billing.
Cabin embellishments (gleaned from the leaked brochure contents) cue proper RS-spec bucket seats, with RS5 badges liberally scattered all over the interior’s surfacing.
Rounding off the RS5 styling exercise will be a selection of four alloy wheel options (three neat ones and one shocker), of which all are five-blade in design.
Supercharged or all-natural?
Mechanically the leaked brochure details no specifications (obviously) and we’ll have to wait another week before getting the real lowdown on just how close to R8 performance levels the new RS5 will be.
This still does not one stop us from indulging in some RS5 conjecturing…
Despite Audi’s ‘RS’ engine design future being in forced-induction (to bring performance within the emission control equation), the RS5’s engine-speed dial registers a red-line clockwise of 8 000r/min…Can you say, "naturally-aspirated 335kW 4.2l V8?" Well, we sure can.
Add a neat six-speed manual - or seven-speed two-pedal, dual-clutch - transmission, factor in a very trick all-wheel drive traction system, and BMW’s M3 has a bit of a problem brewing - now doesn’t it?