Yes! The 2012 Audi RS5 is coming to the U.S.
Audi has now officially confirmed the future of the RS5 on U.S. soil. Breaking the mold of the sleek-yet-safe styling that Audi is known for, this latest Audi boasts an aggressive front end and an equally aggressive rear end and automated rear spoiler to compliment its generous power and performance.
The 2012 Audi RS5 is sculpted with sport-appeal inside and out – from the ultra supportive race-style front seats and front lip diffuser to the rear spoiler – this Audi means business.This hot coupe features a 444 horsepower 4.2-liter FSI V8 – capable of revving all the way to 8,250 with peak hp, and then on to a final redline of 8,500 rpms. Audi says this V8 is also good for 317 lb-ft of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. Power is distributed amongst all four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
Aside from the incredible race-inspired seats, the rest of the interior remains mostly unchanged from the Audi A5, aside from some carbon fiber treatment and appropriate RS5 badging. Audi does point out that upon request it can bestow upon the interior an exclusive treatment of inlays such as a dark, stainless-steel mesh look, a black piano finish or brushed aluminum. The seating surfaces can also be covered in special colors or materials upon request.
The RS5 also features new quattro technology: the crown-gear differential. This new differential is a self-locking center differential that Audi says is lightweight and maintains a high efficiency ratio. The front to rear power ratio can be shifted as extreme at 70 percent upfront, or 85 percent out back – depending on where the power is needed. Under normal conditions, the RS5 enjoys a 40:60 front to rear split.
To bring the RS5 to a stop are internally vented 14-inch discs standard, or 15-inch ceramic carbon-fiber thanks to the option sheet. Out back, the RS5 features the large, oval dual exhaust tips that have become a staple on the RS line. The exhaust tips are surrounded by a highly stylized lower rear diffuser, complete with aerodynamic channels for added stability at high speeds. Above the lower diffuser, Audi worked in an automated rear spoiler that appears as the coupe reaches appropriate speeds, and then retracts back into the decklid at lower speeds.
All in all, this is a luxurious monster of a high-end sport coupe. You can’t deny this, the numbers are there. The RS5 even came in above the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe which has 112 more horsepower, but fell short of the BMW M3(shut up Rafi). So, you’re wondering how much? The 2012 Audi RS5 will set you back 75 grand, minus the upgrades. It hurts to say this since I am a die hard Audi fan, but it’s a little pricey. With all the upgrades you’re looking at 85-90 grand, but it’s still one hell of a car!!!