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  • 2012 AUDI RS5

    The Audi RS5 Coupe has gained some new design accents for an even sharper shape. The elegant two-door model impresses with commanding performance. Its 4.2-liter FSI engine, a high-revving, normally aspirated V8, generates 331 kW (450 hp), launching the Audi RS5 Coupe from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.5 seconds. Audi will increase the electronically governed top speed to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request.

     The Audi RS5 Coupe now has an even more athletic and muscular road stance. The upper corners of the single-frame grille are beveled, and sharper edges lend the hood an even more sculpted appearance. The most striking elements at the front of the car, however, are the new, wedge-shaped headlights. Utilizing xenon plus technology, they include narrow LED strips for the daytime running lights. The taillights and the rear bumper have also been redesigned.

     Audi drive select comes standard. Besides the standard vehicle components, it can also modify the behavior of the optional sport differential, dynamic steering, adaptive cruise control and the sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control (DRC). The latter is a purely mechanical system without any lag. Its damping characteristic can be switched between three characteristics. Among the options available for the RS5 Coupe are Audi’s driver assistance systems and infotainment features.

     The most striking of the new design elements at the front of the vehicle are the wedge-shaped headlights with their wave-shaped bottom edge. Xenon plus headlights are standard. The LED daytime running lights, which consume a minimum of energy, encircle the headlights and turn signals as a narrow, visually homogenous clasp. Audi also offers the adaptive light system with dynamic cornering light and turning light.

    The front and rear fenders of the Audi RS5 are flared. The harsh edges above the wheel wells are a gentle reminder of one of the brand’s icons, the Ur-quattro of 1980. The side sills sport muscular caps. The trim strips around the windows and the side mirror housings have a matt aluminum-look finish.

     Interior updates include the leather-wrapped RS5 multifunction sport steering wheel with the ring flattened at the bottom, redesigned controls, the ignition key, the knob of the gear selector lever, the steering column stalks and the buttons for Audi drive select and the optional MMI navigation plus. The interior is a study in black. The standard inlays are carbon, with aluminum, Piano finish or stainless steel mesh available as options.

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