Audi RS5 enthusiasts were disappointed when the automaker failed to offer an RS5 model for 2016 model year. However, enthusiasts can now sigh with relief as a testing mule of the next RS5 has already been spotted doing testing runs at the Nürburgring testing track. Sadly, the model is slated for the 2019 model year meaning enthusiasts will have to wait for a little longer but the wait will be worth it from the look of things. The mule captured testing was under heavy camouflage but we believe the new 2019 Audi RS5 will share many exterior and interior cues with the A5 and S5. Read along for more information:
2019 Audi RS5 Exterior
The model we captured testing at the Nurbrgrirng was under heavy camouflage thus little can be said of its exterior. However, from the prototype, we can see that the new nose adds extra air intakes and aggressive lines for the hood.
Overall, the model looks to have a lowered body work. From some angles, we can see bigger wheel arches which point to wider tires. Compared with the current model, we expect the German automaker to introduce more unique features to the exterior including a great use of chrome detailing. Make sure to come back later for more information on the 2019 RS5’s exterior styling.
2019 Audi RS5 Interior
The cabin is a mystery at this point. However, just like the exterior, the RS5 cabin will borrow much from the A5 and the upcoming S5. Just like the A5, the cabin will feature the automaker’s virtual cockpit with a larger infotainment system. Carbon fiber will replace aluminum and wood surfaces in the A5.
The steering wheel will be a flat-bottomed sporty unit. Most of the outgoing RS5 features including Bluetooth connectivity, LED lighting, USB ports and inductive Smartphone charging will carry over. The model will also feature a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Its sport seats will be upgraded with extra side supports as well as built-in passages to offer a 5-point harness. We will offer updates that are more accurate once we get a clear shot of the cabin.
Engine and performance
According to credible reports, the 2019 Audi RS5 will ditch the current naturally aspirated 4.2 L, V-8 engine in favor of a twin-turbocharged 3.0 L, V-6 to adhere to emission laws.
This new engine will be adopted from the current Porsche Panamera S. The engine produces 420 hp in the Panamera S. In the new RS5, the engine will be tweaked to produce over 450 hp. The model will be offered with an all-wheel drive system. Most likely, power will be sent to the all fours by an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system.
Due to the light weight MLB evo platform, the model will weigh much lighter than the current model’s 3,800 curb weight translating to an improved performance. It is expected to hit 60 mph from standstill in around 4 seconds compared to the current models 4.5 seconds.
Price and release date
Audi is likely to showcase the model at an international motoring event next year before delivering it to dealerships in 2018 as a 2019 model. I understand that the coupe won’t be the only RS5 in the market. Audi will also offer an RS5 Cabriolet as well as an RS5 version of the A5 Sportback.
It is too early to put a price tag on the 2019 RS5. However, I understand the model carries a $20,000 premium over the S5. With the upcoming S5 slotted to carry a starting price of around $ 55,000, it means you will have to spend around $75,000 for the RS5; pretty much for a small upgrade, don’t you think?
The most competition will come from BMW with their M4 and Mercedes with the AMG C63 Coupe. Ford will also have something to say in this segment with the Ford Mustang, the world’s best selling Sport coupe of the 2015.