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Manhart Claims To Have Unlocked The Audi RS5’s Potential With Its RS500 28
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, Film, Manhart, reviews, tuning, video on 12 28th, 2017


While the Audi RS5 is by no means slow, it’s obvious that more performance can be squeezed from its 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6.

One tuner who has done just that is Manhart, who upgraded the RS5 to the tune of 500 PS (493 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, an increase of 50 PS (49 HP) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) compared to the stock car.

The tuner also offers gold accents for the exterior, 21″ matte black wheels, KW coilover suspension kit and a custom exhaust system with catless downpipes.

According to the following review, the Manhart RS500 sounds the way the RS5 should have sounded all along. It’s not particularly loud if you compare it to a supercar, but you definitely get that lower-end rumble that is missing in the stock vehicle.

Another plus is, of course, the increased oomph. Even though the improvement looks modest on paper, it seems like Manhart managed to unleash the RS5’s wild side. Which, given that Audi’s high-performance coupe has received lots of flak for being too anodyne, is definitely a good thing.

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Is The New Audi RS5 Too Friendly For Its Own Good? 26
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, Film, video on 12 26th, 2017


Since its launch, the latest Audi RS5 has been criticized about its lack of an engaging character, with reviewers saying that it feels more like a faster S5 than a proper RS model.

The thing is though that Audi RS models were never praised about their handling, leaving that bit to models like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. Instead, fast Audis focused more on making that supercar-like performance more accessible and easier to experience, of course with the kind help of the Quattro all-wheel drive system.

Even Audi calls the new RS5 “the gran turismo model in the RS lineup”, which is the biggest indicator of what to expect of the two-door sports coupe.

That’s doesn’t mean though that the Audi RS5 isn’t capable enough; quite the opposite. The Quattro all-wheel drive features a rear-biased torque split and also comes with a torque-vectoring sport differential for the rear axle. There’s also an optional RS Sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes and a variable steering rack.

Henry Catchpole from Carfection reviews the Audi RS5 in the video linked below.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Wheelsandmore Fiddles With The Audi RS5 Coupe, Pumps It Up To 513 HP 25
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi RS5, tuning, Wheelsandmore on 11 25th, 2017


Starting from the premise that the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe has a power advantage over the Audi RS5 Coupe, Wheelsandmore decided to lessen the gap between the two.

They did so by fiddling with the Audi’s 2.9-liter TFSI V6 to make 505PS (498hp) and 680Nm (502lb-ft) of torque, through optimizing the ECU mapping and adding a more efficient air filter, in Stage 1, which costs €2,500 ($2,942).

This represents a 55PS (54hp) and 80Nm (59lb-ft) of torque increase over the stock RS5 Coupe, but Wheelsandmore have a more dynamic update in Stage 2, which puts out 520PS (513hp) and 690Nm (509lb-ft) of torque. Responsible for the extra oomph is a weight-reduced flap exhaust system that works together with the aforementioned upgrades to drop the naught to 100km/h (62mph) sprint of the stock car by 0.3sec, to 3.6sec.

The tuner can fit their 6Sporz² and F.I.W.E wheels to the RS5, and customers can select from 9×20- to 11×20-inch in size, wrapped in 275/30 or 295/25 tires. For a deeper effect, the rims can be finished in different shades, and they work best with adjustable lowering springs, or a coilover suspension with adjustable height developed by KW.

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Matte Grey Audi RS5 Is A Smooth Criminal 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi RS5, Forgiato, tuning, Wheels on 11 19th, 2017


The new Audi RS5 may not be as well-rounded as the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, but it does have stellar looks, particularly compared to the relatively benign C63 and M3.

So, when an RS5 owner in the U.S. decided to equip the car with a set of Forgiato Wheels, the results were always going to be eye-catching.

The aftermarket wheel manufacturer fitted the sports coupe with a set of lightweight Tec 2.5 wheels, complete with matte black spokes and candy apple red inners. Working in conjunction with the matte grey paint of the car, the wheels help to create one of the most eye-catching RS5s you’re every likely to come across.

As a reminder, the new 2017 Audi RS5 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 delivering 444 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) as standard or 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional RS dynamic package.

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RS 500 Is Manharts’ Take On The New Audi RS5 Coupe 2
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi RS5, Manhart, tuning on 11 2nd, 2017


Manhart has given the latest Audi RS5 Coupe a new name, the RS 500, and a small power boost applied to the 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 gasoline burner.
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V6 Or V8? Audi’s New RS5 Takes On Mercedes-AMG C63 S 22
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes C63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 10 22nd, 2017


The new Audi RS5 has a lot going for it but does it have what it takes to challenge a hooligan like the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe?
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Audi’s New RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions Slash Up To 176 lbs / 80kg 26
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, new cars, prices, UK on 09 26th, 2017


Audi has launched a pair of new Carbon Editions for its latest RS4 and RS5 models, offering less weight and a whole lot of carbon parts.
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ABT’s Audi RS5 Coupe Pumps Out 510PS, More Powerful Model Coming Soon 10
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, audi, Audi RS5, tuning on 08 10th, 2017


After taking the stock Audi S5 close to the RS5's territory recently, ABT is now offering a power bump for the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe competitor as well.
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Battle Of The Alternatives: Audi RS5 Vs Lexus RC-F 5
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, LEXUS, Lexus RC F, Lexus Videos, reviews, UK, video on 08 5th, 2017


Let’s say that you’re out in the market for a really fast four-seater coupe but you don’t want a BMW M4 or a Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe. Your only options -if you live in Europe- are either the Audi RS5 or the Lexus RC-F.
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Is The 450 PS Audi RS5 Worth The Premium Over The Much Cheaper S5? 30
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS5, Audi S5, Audi Videos, UK, video on 07 30th, 2017


The new Audi RS5 is the undisputed king of the range, but apparently there’s a feeling that the distance between it and the S5 is a little too close for comfort.
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Is The 450 PS Audi RS5 Worth The Premium Over The Much Cheaper S5? 30
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS5, Audi S5, Audi Videos, UK, video on 07 30th, 2017


The new Audi RS5 is the undisputed king of the range, but apparently there’s a feeling that the distance between it and the S5 is a little too close for comfort.
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All-New Audi RS5 Pitted Against Mercedes AMG C63 S And BMW M4 24
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes C63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 07 24th, 2017


Fast Audis were always… pretty fast on a straight line, which made them a massive headache for their rivals. The all-new RS5 certainly wants to continue this tradition, but first, it has some work to do.
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2018 Audi RS5 Coupe Is No Fun To Drive, Says This Review 20
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 07 20th, 2017


The first and most important thing one needs to know about Audi's all-new RS5 Coupe is that it's mind-blowing fast.
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