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RS 5 will follow the Audi A5 and S5

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Engineers are working on the Audi RS 5 and a prototype has been seen on the ‘Ring’.

A prototype of the new high-performance Audi RS 5 has been spotted out and about and looks similar to the S5 testers which were spied before this year’s official reveal of the Audi A5 and the S5.

The RS 5 sports pumped-up wings to make room for a wider track, however, and the front boasts larger intakes, while the back has the Audi oval RS exhaust tips. Another major change is that the outgoing Audi RS 5 has a 4.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V8 with 317lb ft of torque but the new model is set to downsize and feature a new three-litre twin-turbocharged V6, which made its first appearance in the Porsche Panamera 4S for 2017.

The engine comes up with 440hp in the Porsche but it is expected to be ramped up to more than the 450hp produced by the outgoing Audi RS 5. It is possible that it could eventually deliver close to 500hp in a similar vein to the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, which produces 503hp. It is expected that all-wheel-drive is going to be standard for the Audi RS 5 and the gearbox could be the same eight-speed automatic transmission that is seen in the S5.

Audi RS 5 on a diet

The weight of the new Audi RS 5 looks set to drop dramatically compared to the outgoing RS 5. It comes in at 3,800lbs, thanks to the use of the latest MLB platform from the Volkswagen Group. The decreased weight should allow the new model to go from a standing start to 62mph in less than the current 4.6-second time. It is thought that this could drop to around four seconds thanks to its lower weight and new engine.

It is expected that the RS 5 will be unveiled next year and it has been seen trying out the Nürburgring for size. In the past, the Audi RS 5 has always arrived late in the life cycle of the A5 model but, this time, insiders claim that the next-generation RS 5 will be unveiled earlier as a result of growing demand.

Its competitors will be the Mercedes C63 Coupe and the BMW M4 Coupe and it looks set to share its new engine with the forthcoming RS4.

A video released of the Nürburgring testing features the unmistakable sound of the new V6 power plant and the production bodywork is shown off without camouflage, including its larger brakes and wheels. Earlier prototype models spotted had the S5’s body. It is believed that Audi’s engineers will be tweaking the new RS 5’s chassis to cope with its massive output and it should benefit from updated suspension to make it undoubtedly the most dynamic in its range.

The RS body kit will also mark it apart from the standard A5 and S5s and inside it is likely to arrive with Audi’s virtual cockpit, upgraded trim and sportier front seats. The price tag is expected to increase slightly compared to the outgoing model's £58,365 but this will include extra technology such as the latest driver assist systems and Virtual Cockpit.

The Audi A5 Sportback

The ultimate reveal of the RS 5 will eventually follow the launch of the new Audi A5 and the Audi A5 Sportback. For many drivers, the Sportback offers a more practical option compared to the A5 Coupe, whilst others see it as a more striking choice than the A4 saloon. The first version was launched in 2009 and since then around 340,000 cars have been sold around the globe.

The new version makes use of the MLB Evo platform which can be found in the current Audi Q7 and A4. This makes the newest Sportback lighter, more spacious than previously, and more aerodynamically efficient.

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