Audi’s RS models are pretty much the best in their class. Wonderfully willing engines, great handling and an urge to ‘Go’ that’s unrivalled in their competitors. Yes, it’s arguable that for track day fun a BMW with rear wheel drive is more fun, but in the real world Audi’s 4 wheel drive is a better option.
The Audi A5/S5 is a great looking coupe, with good manners and visually really appealing. And next in line (although probably not until 2010) is the RS5, which has been caught testing at the Nurburgring.
The video shows a great deal of agility in the RS5, and a great noise. But what is the noise? Conventional wisdom has Audi fitting the RS5 with a V8 straight out of the RS4. But it doesn’t sound right. It is possible that this is some sort of blown V6, similar to the engine going in to this years Audi S5, after Audi decided it needed to put a lighter and more efficient engine in than the V8.
But we’re not so sure that either of these possibilities is right. There is a distinct sound of a V10 for us. Could be Audi are pushing the boat out with the RS5 and dropping in the V10 from the RS6.
Now wouldn’t that be spectacular?!