Thirty years after the original Audi Quattro, the new Audi RS 5 Coupe, which debuted at the recent Geneva auto show, has done it proud with a combination of high-revving V8 power, super-fast S tronic twin-clutch gear shifting and a new evolution of the world famous all-wheel-drive system featuring the latest differential technology.
Developed by Audi high performance engineering and styling subsidiary, Quattro GmbH, the RS 5 is the latest in a lineage dating back over 15 years to the RS 2 Avant.
It features the V10 FSI engine that provides the technological basis for the new hand-built, high-revving 4.2-litre V8 FSI engine that spins freely to 8,250 rpm, and delivers its 440 hp peak output at this high point.
It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and to an electronically-governed 155 miles-per-hour top speed.
The latest generation version of the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system as used by the RS 6 also contributes to the exceptional handling capabilities exhibited by the RS 5.