Audi has presented six new models at the Geneva International Motor Show. Making their world premieres are the Audi Q8 sport concept, which is powered by a 3.0 TFSI V6 engine with a mild hybrid system, and the ultimate new RS 5 Coupé* – the Gran Turismo of RS models.
The new Audi RS 5 Coupé – the Gran Turismo of the RS models – brings together an elegant aesthetic and a high degree of everyday usability. Its completely redeveloped 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo generates 331 kW (450 hp) of power and delivers a maximum torque of 600 Nm – 170 Nm more than its predecessor. The top model in the A5 family accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. And with the optional RS dynamic package it reaches a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). The V6 engine’s power flows through a sportily tuned eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. It utilises an asymmetric 40:60 distribution of the drive force to both axles. For the RS 5 Coupé the designers drew inspiration from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO.
In the front, the car’s character is shaped by the wide, flat Singleframe and massive air inlets. Quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimeters (0.6 in). The RS-specific diffuser insert, the RS exhaust system’s oval tailpipes and a fixed spoiler lip complete the dynamic look. In the interior, the sporty character of the high-performance coupé is underscored by RS sport seats, the flat-bottomed RS sport leather steering wheel, a special RS display in the Audi virtual cockpit and RS logos. Further top technologies, including the head-up display, Matrix LED headlights and many driver assistance systems ensure greater safety, comfort and efficiency.
High-efficiency engine: the Audi Q8 sport concept
Emphatically sporty, extremely dynamic and luxurious – these qualities ensure the Audi Q8 sport concept makes a strong impression in the full-size category. The car stands for maximum prestige, resolute sportiness and clearly visible technology in all areas. A particularly groundbreaking aspect is the concept car’s highly efficient drive concept. The combination of a 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system and an electric powered compressor is a world first. The result: The Q8 sport concept proves itself a very talented all-round performer. With its 350 kW (476 hp) and 700 Nm of torque, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 4.7 seconds – and reaches a top speed of 275 km/h (170.9 mph). And its cruising range of over 1,200 kilometers (745.6 mi) makes it ideally suited for long-distance driving.
The Audi Q8 sport concept’s visual effect is accentuated by its characteristic air deflectors. The impressive front is dominated by an imposing octagonal Singleframe with honeycomb insert, flanked by two large air inlets. Compared to the Q8 concept that Audi presented in Detroit, another 12 millimeters (0.5 in) have been added to the width of the wheel arches. Topping off the vehicle’s sporty personality are a long roof edge spoiler, an aluminum diffuser and the exhaust system’s distinctive oval tailpipes. The interior of the Audi Q8 sport concept exudes pure luxury – with expansive lines, sophisticated materials and abundant space. The new control concept relies on large touchscreens, with finishing touches in the form of an enhanced Audi virtual cockpit and a contact analog head-up display. The display uses intelligent augmented reality technology that merges the real and virtual worlds.
Stay tuned for further updates regarding the release date, specification details and pricing of the new Audi RS 5 Coupe.