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It drops the V8, but the Audi RS5 Coupe is more of a bright spark than before

16 Jul 2018

COLOUR selection of a new vehicle can often say a lot about someone, and the palette available in the new Audi RS5 Coupe certainly gives away the odd hint about its own character and personality.
Previously a brawny, lead-tipped arrow with a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine shouting gorgeous sonics from below its weighty nose, this new, second-generation coupe takes a couple of cylinders away, managing a trimmer figure and offering greater luxury and technology options.
This 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6-powered, all-wheel-drive coupe flicks the former seven-speed dual-clutch transmission design for an eight-speed torque converter automatic set-up, the design of which members of the Volkswagen Group have long believed is a less-sporty option.
The RS5 Coupe is available in a regal dark green or the inky-purple-blue of this test car, with a choice of black or grey-white leather inside. It could be the choices of a fast grand tourer (GT) like the Bentley Continental GT more than a typical RennSport-badged model. So, has Audi gone soft?

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Model release date: 1 December 2017

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