This is the new Audi RS 5 Coupé, a tasty performance car which Audi says is the perfect combination of “elegant aesthetics with everyday usability”. Fabulous to look at and reportedly sensational to drive, it’s a big marker laid down for BMW’s M division.
The figures are certainly tantalising. Powered by a 2.8L V6 bi-turbo engine, you’ll have 450hp and 600 Nm torque at your disposal, with the ability to spring from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.
Faster than its predecessor (which wasn’t slow), the new version is also 60kg lighter and 74mm longer, with the dynamic quattro all-wheel drive resulting in sporty yet very stable handing. A Sport differential will be an optional extra, adding an even more dynamic response through the corners and while accelerating. The RS-specific tuning provides active and targeted torque distribution, which in simple English means the RS 5 will be more agile on the road, combined with greater precision and stability.
Irish orders start from next month, with an on the road price of €110,750. Better start saving.