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Archive for the ‘Audi RS5’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Santa goes through a makeover this Christmas thanks to Audi: Video

This year, we’re getting a new, fancier and slimmer Father Christmas and it’s all thanks to Audi and their luscious RS5 4-door coupe. The German manufacturer proudly presents us ’New Santa’ in the Christmasy ad they’ve released ahead of the holiday season

PostHeaderIcon Crossfit Santa Gets a New Ride This Christmas

Christmas is just round the corner and we can see a lot of holiday-themed commercials on television and over the internet. In fact, even automakers get creative during this season and some of them stand out. This particular video by Audi is here to put people into a festive mood by featuring a crowd-pulling celeb – Santa Claus.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS 5 DTM

Any fan of touring car racing has undoubtedly heard of the DTM series, but for those of you out there still drawing a blank, I’ll start things off with a little background info. The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or DTM for short, is Germany’s premier touring car race series, often pitting the big three German makes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz against one another on circuits around Europe. Audi Sport had a very impressive performance during the 2017 season, snagging a slew of titles and achieving its “most successful results of all time,” according to the team. However, the 2018 season is now upon us, and with it, a variety of regulation changes shake up the competitive landscape. So, how did Audi adapt to the revisions compared to Merc and BMW? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi RS 5 DTM.

PostHeaderIcon Want a Performance Wagon Other than a AMG E 63 S or the Panamera Sport Turismo? Tell Audi You Want an RS Avant

The Audi RS Avant super wagons aren’t available in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean the status quo isn’t going to change. Audi is open to bringing its rip-roaring machines to the land of milk and honey; it just needs to make a good business case for it. In that vein, fans of the RS 4 and RS 6 Avants can do their part to convince Audi by “writing letters” to the German automaker. Tongue-in-cheek hints aside, these letters could go a long way in establishing a viable marketplace for both super wagons.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

It just recently debuted but nobody can seem to get enough of it. Maybe it’s that four-door coupe look, or maybe it’s the fact that it has five doors. Maybe it’s that it sits lower and is wider than the RS5 Coupe. It could be that 2.9-liter with 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Even if you plan on getting one, you’ve still got a while to wait, so why not plaster it all over your desktop with one of our high-resolution wallpapers?

PostHeaderIcon Audi May Bring RS Avant Models To The U.S. But It’s A Reach

Who doesn’t love a fast wagon? We’re certainly pretty big fans, and we can’t help but dribble a bit when considering the prospect of getting into something like Audi’s line of RS Avants. Now, it looks like the Four-Ring brand is actually considering bringing these quick-’n-practical machines stateside. Maybe. Hopefully? All told, the brand isn’t ruling it out – we’ll take it.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS5 Sportback

Four-door coupes are starting to flood the market, and that’s why Audi came up with the RS5 Sportback, an all-new model in the lineup and the seventh Audi Sport model, sharing a similar design with the RS7 Sportback. It got all of the typical RS cues inside and out but is powered by a 2.9-liter, Biturbo mill that is borrowed from the Porsche Panamera. It can hit 60 mph faster than a BMW 650i or Mercedes CLS500 and does so looking good in the process. Based on the RS 5 Coupe, the Sportback should command somewhere around $80,000 when it goes on sale in the second half of 2018.

Update 08/22/2018: Audi has announced pricing for the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback as well as a long list of standard options but leaves us in the dark when it comes to pricing for the RS 5 Coupe. Read the full scoop in our “Pricing” section below.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS 5 Sportback: Making Things Look Bleak for the BMW 6 Series and Mercedes CLS

The whole “four-door coupe” trend has really been catching on lately, so it’s no surprise, really, when a new one pops up. Audi has a small lineup of these niche-bred models, and the latest to join the “Sportback” and “Audi Sport” lineup is the RS5 Sportback. As an Audi Sport model, the RS5 Sportback isn’t playing around either – it’s got the look and power of a sports car with the practicality of a sedan with a long, coupe-like roof. It gets a revised suspension, a powerful V-6 engine, and loads of technology. Now, the only thing you have to do is convince the wife that you need an $80,000 rocket-propelled family car.

PostHeaderIcon How would you spec your Audi RS5?

It took Audi quite a few years to offer a competitor for the BMW 4 Series, previously known as the 3 Series Coupe, as the A5 made its debut back in 2007. The performance-spec RS5 took another three years to arrive in showrooms as a competitor for the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. With a brand-new A5 launched in 2016, an updated RS5 was finally introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Now that the German coupe made its way to the United States, you can configure the RS5 of your dreams from the comfort of your home.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS5

The second-generation Audi A5 was introduced in June of 2016 as a 2017 model with a fresh look and updated technology. As the cards usually play over at Audi, it didn’t take long for the brand to finish updating the high-performance RS5, and we got to see it in all its glory at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. It boasts an all-new look that is more aggressive than ever with more defined lines, wider flaring of the fenders and rear quarters, updated technology, new materials inside, and – more important to most – an all new 2.9-liter, Biturbo, V-6 that delivers a cool 450 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of payment decimating torque that’s sure to make your inner manhood squeal like a little girl on Christmas. Of course, that’s the same horsepower figure of the outgoing model, but a serious increase of torque to the tune of 125.5 pound-feet.

So, what does all that mean for performance? Well, the new RS5 can hit the 62 mph sprint in as little as 3.9 seconds – an improvement of 0.3 seconds over the outgoing model – and it breaks even in top speed at 174 mph. That’s not bad, but if you want to feel upset about no increase in horsepower, you might want to take into consideration that this RS5 has a much smaller engine compared to the 4.2-liter V-8 that was found in the last-gen model. But, the RS5 really is about more than just engine specs and performance numbers, so let’s dive on in and take a look at the whole picture before this bad boy makes it into dealer showrooms later this year.

Update 03/12/2018: Audi has decided to sell the RS5 in the United States, and it has a significantly lower price than expected. Check out the details in the “Pricing” section below.

Exterior


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As I mentioned before, the new RS5 had a serious influx in aggressiveness injected into its DNA. Up front, Audi’s latest grille design that is shorter and wider (and more geometrically sound) defines the nose. The headlights have grown a bit in width and height, and now feature a bright LED strip that dominates the top of the lens. Down below, the fake corner inlets have been redesigned as smaller units that are more recessed than before, while the central insert that runs along the bottom of the grill encompasses the bottom of the corners before shooting upward at a 90-degree angle to add more character. There’s still some silver trim up front around the grille and below the air dam, but it’s much smaller and less gaudy than before. Finally, the hood ties the whole front end together with sharper lines that help to accentuate the stout curve of the hood itself.


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“The new RS5 had a serious influx in aggressiveness injected into its DNA.”

Moving over to the side profile, and it’s more of the same story. The same bodyline that resides below the waist carries over from the last-gen model, but it too is sharper and has a mild bend at the flares of the rear quarters. The lower body line has been dropped down to the side skirt and is closer to parallel with the waistline than before. A trim insert at the bottom of this bodyline matches the trim from the front fascia and adds a bit of contrast to the sides. The rear wheel arches are more muscular than ever, thanks to the flaring effect that helps remind you that the new RS5 is just a bit wider.

To the rear, Audi paid a lot of attention to what it was doing, and the design back here is clear proof of exactly that. The new taillights are sleeker but aggressive at the same time, protruding from the rear just a bit. The rear deck has been redesigned with more rounded edges while the rear fascia now has a lot more character than before. The little fin on top of the rear deck is finished in black like the trim on the sides and up front, giving the car as a whole just the right amount of contrast. Down below, a new diffuser unit is in place with an all-new look and repositioned silver trim. The exhaust outlets are almost identical in size and shape, but now sit a little lower, and protrude from the rear a bit – a completely different look from before.

Competing Designs


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As you would expect when we talk about a new ride from Audi, it’s going to be an all-out battle royal among the German three when it comes to competing models. As such, the new RS5 will go toe-to-toe with the BMW M4 (above) and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe (below) in what will be a fight to the death for supremacy in looks, comfort, and performance. When it comes to the M4, BMW updated it for the 2018 model year, but it was a light update that some would even consider obnoxiously lazy. Be that as it may, the M4 is still an aggressive competitor that will give the RS5 a run for its money. Its hood isn’t quite as muscular, but its front fascia makes up for that with the wide air dam and large corner air intakes. LED headlamps come standard, but if you want the hexagonal LED strips as shown off above, you’ll need to check at least one option box. The side profile consists of two sharp body lines and flared wheel arches that make the car more menacing overall. Around back, the rear fascia mimics the front in design, with the exhaust outlets being integrated into the corners of the rear fascia. The rear taillights are also LED units. If you opt for the competition package, you’ll get some exterior trim elements in black, which include the front grille surround, window trim, fender vent logo, the M4 logo, and the exhaust outlets. A pair of 20-inch, Star-Spoke 666 M styled wheels that are finished in black are also available as an option.


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When it comes to the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, you’ll find that it’s more of a modern day muscle car than anything. The headlights are worked into the front corners and feature a long LED strip that puts on emphasis on length. The hood gets a few distinct body lines similar to those found on the RS5 but toned down a bit in comparison. The front fascia isn’t quite as aggressive as that of the M4 or the RS5, featuring a wide opening that makes up both the air dam and the corner air intakes, but it split by an insert that adds a significant amount of character. The side profile is defined by two very sharp lines below the waistline and the muscular rear haunches that reside well below the waistline. Around back, the C63 has a look all its own with a small but noticeable fin on the rear deck and somewhat large taillights. The rear fascia has a recessed area that serves as home for the rear reflectors and an air vent in each corner. Down below a small diffuser makes all the difference as far as style goes, and looks great sitting between the dual exhaust outlet in each corner. All told, it’s a spicy proposition, that can certainly hold its own in a battle among German manufacturers.

Exterior Dimensions

Mercedes-AMG C63 BMW M4 Audi RS5
Wheelbase (Inches) 111.8 110.7 108.89
Overall length (Inches) 187.0 184.5 185.9
Overall height (Inches) 55.1 54.4 53.54
Overall width (Inches) 73.6 73.6 73.26
Track front/rear (Inches) 64.4/62.7 62.2/63.1 62.91/62.51

Interior


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You didn’t expect Audi to hold back when it came to the interior, did you? Well, if you did, you might want to familiarize yourself with Audi and its RS line, because it pulled out all the stops when it comes to materials, design, style, and technology. For starters, you’ll find healthy doses of carbon fiber on the door trim panels, center console, and dash face thanks to new inserts. Black leather upholstery is found just about everywhere else, including the armrests on the door panels, most of the center console, and the seats. All leather is double stitched with a contrasting red thread to added a little visual stimulation and the center of the seats even get a hexagonal stitching pattern that oddly looks really good here.


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“You might want to familiarize yourself with Audi and its RS line, because it pulled out all the stops when it comes to materials, design, style, and technology.”

Ahead of the driver sits a redesigned flat-bottom steering wheel with a rim that’s wrapped in Alcantara with red stitching, a smaller hub, and redesigned spokes that are more recessed than before. The end result is a wheel that’s not only comfortable but about as sporty as you can really get. The instrument cluster has been replaced by the latest iteration of Audi’s virtual cockpit, which is able to display not only pertinent vehicle information but navigation and guidance information as well. Audi says that there is a “comprehensive range of infotainment choices,” but only mentions the option MMI navigation plus with MMI touch system that you see here. It comes with Audi connect (meaning a 4G LTE connection) that is supplied via a flat-rate data package with free roaming throughout all of Europe. Phone connectivity is available via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The touchpad controller on the center console is used to control the infotainment display and functions similar to that of a smartphone in that it allows you to zoom in and out,
scroll, and enter characters. Other optional technology includes a head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance features.


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Finally, down to the little details, there are RS emblems found on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims, and the gear selector. With the RS Design Package, you’ll also get red seatbelts, and floor mats with the RS emblem. All told, it’s a pretty comprehensive setup for a coupe, but as the range-topping model, would you really accept any less?

Competing Comfort and Technology


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When it comes to sport and functional interiors, BMW really has it nailed down with the M4 (above.) What you get is the same general design as that of the standard 4 series, but you’ll find healthy doses of leather upholstery everywhere, including the dash. All leather is held together by contrasting double stitching for added flair. The Sports seats now have illuminated M4 logos in the seatbacks while most of the interior trim pieces have been electroplated to give a black-ish appearance throughout the cabin. The big news here is the infotainment system, which has the same OS as that found in the 5 Series. The professional navigation system is phenomenal, providing 3D maps on demand. Phone connectivity is made via Bluetooth, while an inductive charging pad will keep your device charging on the go. Finally, BMW’s ConnectedDrive suite of services comes standard, as does a WiFi hotspot. Options include a Carbon Interior Pack that gives you an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and carbon fiber inlays throughout the cabin. The gear selector also gets a carbon fiber finish if you go for this package. Needless to say, it’s a nice place to spend time, even when equipped as standard.


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When it comes to the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, you’ll find that the interior is uniquely inviting thanks to its sporty nature and design. To start things off, you get a flat-bottom steering wheel with an AMG logo on the bottom spoke. It also gets a dose of Alcantara at the 3 O’clock and 9 O’clock positions, and a white stripe at 12 O’clock. It gets an AMG-specific instrument cluster with carbon-looking dials and a massive carbon fiber inlay that covers the entire face of the center console. The standard AMG seats are wrapped in Dinamica man-made leather and microfiber, the AMG Dynamic Select system, and an AMG-exclusive analog clock. If you opt for the performance seats, you’ll get a lower seating position and a near-excessive amount of lateral support to keep you firmly planted during those extreme maneuvers. Other options include a touchpad controller for the infotainment system, a COMAND hard-drive navigation system with an 8.4-inch display, three years of navigation updates, AMG’s head-up display, TuneIn world radio, iHeart Radio, Wi-Fi hotspot, and voice control.

Interior Dimensions

Mercedes-AMG C63 BMW M4 Audi RS5
Headroom front/rear (Inches) 38.8/35.6 39.8/36.1 TBA
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 42.0/32.0 42.2/33.7 TBA
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 54.8/51.7 55.3/51.7 TBA
Trunk Volume (cu ft.) 10.5 11.0 TBA

Drivetrain


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Almost every manufacturer under the sun has adopted the “small engine, big turbos” approach to meeting increasingly stringent emissions and fuel economy standards, and the new Audi RS5 is no exception to this rule. That’s right; there’s no V-8 stashed under the hood of this RS5. Instead, Audi went with what seems to be the German norm, a 2.9-liter, Biturbo, V-6 that has an equal 450 horsepower on tap but delivers as much as 442.5 pound-feet of torque – an increase of 124.4 pound-feet over the last-gen model. And, to make it even better, that torque is available from as low as 1,900 rpm and remains maxed out until 5,000 rpm. Power is routed from the engine through an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic that has been “sportily tuned.” Power is then transmitted to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro AWD system with a 40:60 bias toward the rear to maintain an intense driving dynamic and optimal traction. A rear sport differential can be had if you’re willing to check an extra option box at the time of ordering.


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“Audi went with what seems to be the German norm, a 2.9-liter, Biturbo, V-6 that has an equal 450 horsepower on tap but delivers as much as 442.5 pound-feet of torque – an increase of 124.4 pound-feet over the last-gen model.”

So, how did Audi manage to squeeze the same amount of horsepower and an insanely large amount of torque out of a 2.9-liter V-6? Well, things start off with the two turbos which have been positioned in the V, between the cylinder banks. This cuts down on the time it takes the air to get from the turbos to the intake manifold. The engine uses a B-cycle combustion process, and
central direct injection, two things that Audi says represents “a new level of efficiency among the RS models” The compression stroke for each cylinder has also been shortened, ultimately creating a high compression ratio. The power stroke is “normal” in most regards, but longer than the compressions stroke, which should help increase efficiency as well. On the NEDC cycle, the new RS5 consumes 8.7-liters per 100km, which translates to about 27 mpg here in the U.S. It should also be noted that the new RS5 weighs in at 3,648 pounds, which represents a weight loss of 132 pounds over the last-gen model.

All told, the RS5 is good for a 3.9-second sprint to 62 mph and a top speed of 174 mph. That’s the same top speed as the outgoing model, but an improvement of 0.3 seconds for the sprint to 62 mph. As they say, you can’t always have your cake and eat it too, so no 200 mph top speeds here, but you’ll probably get to that 174 mph a bit quicker thanks to the drop in weight and that new 2.9-liter that Audi says was developed from the ground up.

Competing Performance

So exterior looks and interior amenities are nice and all, but I know why you’re really here. You want to see how the new RS5 stacks up against the competition on the performance front. And, who could blame you? With competition this stiff, you really have to look at the things that really matter. When it comes to the BMW M4, you’ll get a 3.0-liter inline-six that delivers a cool 431 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is offered as standard equipment, but you can opt for a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission if you prefer not to row your own. Of course, if 431 ponies aren’t enough for you, you could opt for the Competition Package. It gives you a special ECU tune that ups output to 450 horsepower while keeping fuel economy at a respectable 32.1 mpg. All told, the standard M4 can hit the 60 mph sprint in 4.1 seconds with a manual transmission or 3.9 seconds with that DCT transmission. Top speed, on the other hand, is limited to 155 mph, so the RS5 will take you, in the long run, all day long.

Opting for the Mercedes C63 Coupe will get you the most out of the three, with the 4.0-liter V-8 delivering a total output of 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Maximum horsepower becomes available at 5,500 rpm, but all that torque? You can get that pavement mulching goodness at just 1,750 rpm. Shifting duties for this beast of an engine is handled by AMG’s Speedshift, seven-speed automatic, so don’t be expecting to row your own in the Merc. On the plus side, there are four different drive modes that help change shifting patterns as you see fit. Selections include Comfort, Individual, Sport +, and Race. Individual, by the way, is used when you want to set up your own profile outside of the AMG presets available with the other driving modes. Even with all of that extra power over the competition, you’ll still find that the C63 breaks even, needing 3.9 seconds to hit the 62 mph sprint. It also tops out at an electronically limited 155 mph – again, the Audi RS5 wins in the long run.

Drivetrain Specifications

Mercedes-AMG C63 BMW M4 Audi RS5
Engine 4.0-liter V8 biturbo 3.0-liter Twin-turbocharged inline-6 2.9-liter Biturbo, V-6
Horsepower 469 HP @ 5,500- 6250 RPM 431 HP @ 5,500-7,300 RPM 450 HP
Torque 479 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,500 RPM 406 LB-FT @ 1,850-5,500 RPM 442.5 LB-FT
Transmission 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 6-speed manual eight-speed Tiptronic automatic
0 to 60 mph 3.9 seconds 4.1 seconds 3.9 seconds
Top Speed 180 mph 155 mph 174 mph
Curb weight 4,074 Lbs 3,530 Lbs 3,648 Lbs
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 17/23/19 17/26/20 TBA
Turning Circle (curb to curb) 37.1 ft. 40.0 TBA

Suspension

Supporting the body and keeping the ride smooth is an updated suspension system that includes a revised five-link setup up front and a new five-link system in the rear. For those of you who were sleeping in 2015, the old RS5 used a trapezoidal-link suspension, which didn’t cripple the RS5 by any means by doesn’t offer the same dynamic afforded by a five-link system. The RS sport suspension system as a whole drops the ride height of the RS% by about an inch compared to the standard A5. Options include the RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (think adjustable suspension via drive modes,) ceramic brakes, and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning. These options are available via Audi Sport and will drive up the price a bit but are well worth it. If you don’t opt for any of the extras, you’ll still get the Audi Drive Select system with its various drive modes – you just won’t get quite as much adjustability when it comes to overall ride quality.

Pricing


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The chances are that we won’t get the new RS5 here in the U.S., but it is set to hit dealerships in Europe in June of 2017 and will be priced from €80,900. That computes to about $87,405 at current exchange rates and accounts for a premium of $46,566 over the standard A5 and $19,880 over the Audi S5.

U.S. Pricing

The Audi RS5 is on sale now and starts out at $69,900, about $18,000 less than its European equivalent. That price includes the base model and also excludes things like taxes, titling, and dealer prices. Of course, you may not find one at this price as dealers are responsible for setting their own pricing and a model like this is bound to take at least a small uptick in the price department.

Competitive Pricing

So, we know that the RS5 will start out at €80,900 (about $87,400,) but is that really competitive with the M4 and C63? Well, the M4 starts out in Germany at €76,700 while the C63 starts out at €76,398. That computes to $82,867 and $82,541, respectively. So, as you can see, pricing is still fairly competitive, but the RS5 is the newest of the bunch and is the most expensive by about $5,000 or so. It’s not too bad of a premium to pay for a fresh design and new engine, but we’ll leave that decision up to you.

Other Options

Lexus RC F


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While it’s not typically a car you would compare to the Audi RS5 or the BMW M4, for that matter, the LC F is indeed a competitor in this segment. The exterior falls into that “love it or hate it” category, with Lexus’ massive spindle grille up front to go with an aggressive hood and stout body lines that demand respect. It’s gorgeous and comfortable on the inside but doesn’t offer quite as much support for front passengers. And, when compared to models from Mercedes, BMW, or Audi, the interior actually looks quite dated for a car that made it into dealerships for the 2015 model year. Under the hood, it rocks a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated, V-8 that delivers 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. That horsepower figure is higher than what the M4 or RS5 offer, but the RC F is actually slower to the 60 mph benchmark, making the sprint in 4.4 seconds. It can run the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds, though, and it tops out at 170 mph, which puts it just below the RS5 in the long haul, but well above the Merc and Bimmer in this segment. Then again, the RC F starts at just $62,400 here in the States, so it’s really quite a bargain compared to the other three models we’ve discussed here. It’s not quite as fast, but you’ll have an extra $20,000 to make the modifications need to decimate anything else in this niche if you really wish to do so.

Read our full review on the Lexus RC F here.

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe


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A Cadillac? Yes; I’m throwing a Cadillac into the mix. But, this isn’t your grandmothers Caddy, and truth be told, it’s actually faster than anything we’ve spoken of so far today. First off, the exterior package is aggressive in all the right ways and muscular like an American sports car should be. The interior is sporty but works hard at defining American styling with the infotainment display recessed into the center stack and the center console blending into the dash like it’s all one piece. The seats are as supportive as necessary and comfortable – both of which are very important when you consider what lurks under the hood. The engine in question is a 3.6-liter V-6 that delivers 455 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. And, that’s enough power to get the ATS-V to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of more than 185 mph – a figure that Audi, Mercedes, or BMW can’t beat with their competitors in this segment. Shifting duties are handled by six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. As of the time of this writing, the ATS-V starts out at $62,895, putting it well below offerings from the German trio.

Read our full review on the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe here.

Conclusion


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Needless to say, Audi isn’t playing around in the looks, comfort, or performance department. But, when you have a whole handful of high-performance coupes ripe for the taking, it makes it difficult to choose just which one you want to greet you every morning when you step into your garage. The new RS5 is definitely a looker, and it has the performance credentials to make any man happy, but it’s hard to look past models like the M4, C63, or event the significantly cheaper CTS-V coupe. In the end, your best bet is to test drive each one and see which suits your taste and driving style the best – you’ll surely find one that fits you like a glove. If you’re planning on going for the RS5, you’ll have to wait until June of 2017 when it hits dealers, but it sure looks like it’s a model worth waiting for. What do you thing, though? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Update History

Updated 10/24/2016: The upcoming Audi RS5 was caught testing around Nurburgring. Check the video to hear RS5’s new turbocharged V-6 engine in action around the ring.

Update 09/19/2016: The next-gen RS5 was caught testing in the wild again. And, while it hasn’t shed any camo, it is now sporting the correct front fascia and fenders. Check out our review below for all of the details.

Update 06/13/2016: Now that Audi dropped the new A5 coupe, we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming RS5. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS5 Coupe RS500 By Manhart Racing

Manhart Racing is known for creating some incredible tuning programs in the past, most recently turning the BMW M5 into an 800-horsepower powerhouse. Now the German tuner is turning its sights on the Audi RS5 with a new program that packs plenty of aftermarket punch. Ok, maybe it’s not as potent as the M5’s kit, but it’s still good enough to bring some extra level of excitement to Audi’s resident mid-size performance coupe.

In keeping with Manhart Racing’s tradition, the aptly named RS500 tuning program is packing the load with power and performance bits. It also features a number of handy visual upgrades in case you’re in the mood to turn your RS5s into something that looks right at home in the Fast and Furious franchise. But enough of the small talk. The RS500 program is largely tied into the objective of giving the Audi RS5 more than what it’s capable of. It’s about giving the RS5 the chance to maximize its potential as a performance car. It’s about turning the spotlight to arguably one of the most underrated performance cars in the market today. Give it some cosmetic upgrades, slap on a few engine upgrades, and dial up the suspension work. That’s the name of Manhart Racing’s RS500 tuning game and the results, well, they certainly speak for themselves. So if any of you own an Audi RS5 and you’re looking to give it an aftermarket touch, you’re going to need to take a long and hard look at what Manhart Racing has on the table.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 RS500 by Manhart Racing.

Exterior

  • Matte black body finish
  • Gold trim accents on the body
  • 21-inch Concept One wheels

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“The predominantly matte black look of the two-door coupe is visually boosted by the gold accents throughout the body”

This is a pretty straightforward tuning program so don’t expect anything complicated out of it. There aren’t any aerodynamic bits to talk about because there aren’t any to begin with. What Mansard did do was provide a good list of cosmetic upgrades that, at least in my mind, works well on the RS5. The predominantly matte black look of the two-door coupe is visually boosted by the gold accents throughout the body. I especially like the gold racing stripes running the whole length of the RS5. That’s a nice aesthetic touch that brings out a more personable side to the coupe. While I’m at it, the 21-inch Concept One wheels are solid inclusions as well, as are the gold trim surrounding them. It’s going to be next to impossible to notice how it looks when you’re driving the car, but look at how the gold trim separates itself from the wheels and the black rubber of the tires when the RS5 is on the road. Subtle hints like that go a long way in making a car like the two-door Audi look more appealing from a visual point of view.

Interior


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Note: Audi RS5 pictured here.

One thing that must be said about Manhart Racing’s tuning program. It usually doesn’t showcase its interior upgrade offerings in public because most of it is actually of the personalization variety. That’s not to say that the tuner is lacking in this department. On the contrary, Manhart’s actually well versed in the art of interior customization, as shown by some of its previous works. So in the absence of any relevant details surrounding what’s available for the Audi RS5, feel free to let your imaginations run wild on what you can do to the interior of your RS5s. Some fancy leather upholstery perhaps? Maybe throw in some wood or carbon fiber trim?

Drivetrain

  • Software engine update
  • New output of 499 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque
  • Optional stainless steel exhaust system

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“The RS5’s stock output of 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque gets boosted to a tidy 499 horses and 517 pound-feet of twist.”

Manhart Racing hasn’t disclosed the specifics of the engine upgrade, but it’s easy to figure out that the whole program revolves around a software tune, something akin at least to its MHTronik tuning module that nets as much as 60 extra horsepower out of any engine it’s used on. In this case, the Audi RS5’s 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine is the lucky unit that’s going to be the recipient of Manhart Racing’s handiwork. The results are what you’d expect too as the RS5’s stock output of 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque gets boosted to a tidy 499 horses and 517 pound-feet of twist. That computes to an extra 49 ponies and 74 pound-feet of torque, right around the vicinity of what you can expect from the German tuner’s software tuning kit.

Needless to say, the extra shot of power should translate better performance times for the RS5. The tuner hasn’t announced the exact figures at this point, but with the standard RS5 Coupe capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 174 mph, it stands to reason that the modified RS5 can cover the same distance in about 3.8 seconds before peaking at a top speed that’s in the neighborhood of 174 mph. Regardless of the actual figures, a 500-horsepower Audi RS5 sounds like a great investment to me. Last but certainly not least is a optional stainless steel exhaust system that itself can accommodate catless downpipes.

Suspension


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Accompanying the cosmetic and engine upgrades that are included in the RS500 build is a custom KW coilover suspension kit. Not only does it bring the ride closer to the ground, but it also helps facilitate an improved ride for the Audi RS5, the kind that you won’t be able to get if you buy the two-door coupe in stock form and leave it as it is.

Pricing


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The total price of the RS500 program is fluid depending on how much work is done on the car’s interior. You can take comfort though by knowing that the whole kit probably won’t be as expensive as you think, especially with how simple it all is from the perspective of the whole RS500 kit. In lieu of that, I’m expecting the price tag for this program to sit somewhere in the $20,000 range, maybe even cheaper than that provided that you don’t request any exotic leather on the cabin of the coupe.

Competition

Audi RS5 by mcchip


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Truth be told, there haven’t been that many tuning programs to come out for the Audi RS5. I don’t exactly know the reason behind it, but it is a telling reminder that not all aftermarket kits are created equal.That’s not to say that the RS5 has been ignored by this subsection of the auto industry because there have been some programs developed specifically for it in the past. One of these programs comes to us by way of mcchip, which unveiled its kit for the RS5 back in 2013 for that year’s version of the sports coupe. That kit followed a different blueprint though because it revolved largely around a three-stage engine upgrade that got as much as 600 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque out of the RS5’s old 4.2-liter V-8 mill. That’s a lot of power for an older model of the RS5, but then again, the engine that model carried was bigger than the new-generation model. Just goes to show you how much aftermarket potential the RS5, regardless of model year, really has.

Read our full review on the Audi RS5 by mcchip.

Conclusion


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I’ve always found it intriguing – maybe even weird – that the Audi RS5 doesn’t get as many tuning programs as some of its rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz AMG. Maybe it’s because the two-door Audi sports coupe isn’t as popular as its rivals, but whatever the case may be, I’m actually happy that Manhart Racing took a stab at developing one. It may not be the most comprehensive tuning kit in the world, but it’s more than enough to accomplish its goal of bringing something new to the table for the RS5. On that end, I’d call Manhart’s RS500 tuning a kit something that’s worth a long look should you be in the market for an aftermarket program for your RS5s.

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    • Availability could be an issue

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi RS5.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions

In a day and age where “special edition” models can mean just about anything under the sun, Audi has found a nifty trick to kill two birds with one stone by offering special edition models for the Audi RS4 Avant and the Audi RS5 Coupe. Officially, both models are have been designated as Carbon Editions, a nod to the smattering of carbon bits they received that help make them lighter and a bit more fun to drive on the open road.

The lightweight blueprint is a tried-and-tested one, and many automakers have taken that approach to squeeze out every ounce of improved performance they can out of their cars without having to pump more power out of the engines. Audi’s approach with the RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions is similar by the sheer number of carbon fiber reinforced polymer add-ons both models received. The goal of replacing the standard parts with CFRP counterparts is to make both cars lighter, which is exactly what Audi accomplished. The RS4, for example, is now 80 kilos (176 pounds) lighter than its standard counterpart whereas the RS5 slashes 60 kilos (132 pounds) from its original weight. Does the weight loss spell massive improvements in performance? Not quite. But don’t think that these are “standard” RS4s and RS5s either. If anything, these two new special editions should be lighter on their feet, and we know what that equates to in the end.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe Carbon Editions.

What makes the Audi RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions special?


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It’s not a sexy billing when you describe a special edition’s calling card as “lighter than the original.” There’s just nothing fancy about it. There’s no new aesthetic look, and certainly no extra horsepower to tout. But, not everything about cars is defined by looks and power, and that’s where the Audi RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions come into the picture.

“Both received a menu of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer details”

Both models still look largely like their standard counterparts. But they also received a menu of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer details. Both models, for example, share new front spoilers, sill extensions, diffuser inserts, and door mirror casings. The two special edition models also benefit from receiving matte aluminum finishes for their respective radiator grilles. Each one also gets a privacy glass, window surrounds, and RS Matrix LED headlamps. Being the coupe of the two, the RS5 Carbon Edition also gets an exposed roof and a rear spoiler. The two special edition models also get the exclusive treat of having a set of one-piece milled 20-inch alloy wheels. This wheel set is not only new and exclusive to the Carbon Edition models, but they also provide weight savings of up to 8 kilos (18 pounds) compared to the standard wheels.


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Move inside both special edition models, and similar upgrades are also in the offing. From interior inlays featuring the same CFRP material to fine Nappa leather sports seats in black with contrast red stitching, the RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions have both been dressed up to legitimately look the part of special edition models.

“It must be expected though that neither the RS4 nor the RS5 feature any power and performance enhancements”

It must be expected though that neither the RS4 nor the RS5 feature any power and performance enhancements. Both the models are still powered by the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that pumps out 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Identical output aside, the RS4 is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds while the RS5 is 0.2 seconds quicker at 3.9 ticks. Top speed also remains at 155 mph for both models, though if customers avail of the option, Audi can lift the limiter up to unleash a 174-mph top speed for both models.


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The two Carbon Edition models are available in the UK, each with a price that’s understandably higher than their standard counterparts. The RS4 Avant Carbon Edition, for example, costs £71,625, or about $95,700 based on current exchange rates. That price point is higher by £10,000 ($13,360) over the standard RS4 Avant. Likewise, the RS5 Coupe Carbon Edition will sell for £75,400, or just over $100,000. Do the math, and that’s a premium of around £12,500 ($16,700) over the regular RS5 Coupe.

It’s unclear how many RS4 Avant and RS Coupe Carbon Editions Audi plans to sell, though we can at least be certain that none of them will find their way into the US market. That could still change depending on where the wind is blowing in Ingolstadt, but if history is an indication of the company’s allocation of these models, don’t expect any good news in that regard.

References

Audi RS4 Avant


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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Exec Calls Audi RS5 Coupe’s Published Performance Numbers “Conservative”

We’re well past the halfway point of 2017 and the first half of the year has brought us plenty of exciting cars to look forward to. One new car that hasn’t gotten as much love as it probably deserves is the Audi RS5 Coupe. It was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and while it had a good run in the spotlight, it hasn’t had the same kind of sustained exposure the German automaker wants. Well, that changes today because Audi Sport’s Head of Technical Development Stephen Reil dropped a juicy bit of information about the sports coupe in an interview with Car Advice. In so many words, Reil is claiming that the RS5 Coupe is even faster than Audi’s own published claims.

Reil specifically singled-out the RS5 Coupe’s acceleration time in the interview. Apparently, the automaker’s claim that the performance coupe can clock in a 0-to-62-mph time is conservative to what it can actually do. According to Reil, the car can actually accelerate from an idle position to 62 mph in “as little as 3.7 seconds under ideal conditions.” Now the caveat of “ideal conditions” will raise some eyebrows, but Reil added that “even under the worst conditions,” it can do its published 3.9-second acceleration time.” This is interesting because if the RS5 Coupe can really do 3.7 seconds going from a full stop position to 62 mph, it will separate itself from its competitors, namely the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M4, at least as far as this comparison is concerned.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Exec Calls Audi RS5 Coupe’s Published Performance Numbers “Conservative”

We’re well past the halfway point of 2017 and the first half of the year has brought us plenty of exciting cars to look forward to. One new car that hasn’t gotten as much love as it probably deserves is the Audi RS5 Coupe. It was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and while it had a good run in the spotlight, it hasn’t had the same kind of sustained exposure the German automaker wants. Well, that changes today because Audi Sport’s Head of Technical Development Stephen Reil dropped a juicy bit of information about the sports coupe in an interview with Car Advice. In so many words, Reil is claiming that the RS5 Coupe is even faster than Audi’s own published claims.

Reil specifically singled-out the RS5 Coupe’s acceleration time in the interview. Apparently, the automaker’s claim that the performance coupe can clock in a 0-to-62-mph time is conservative to what it can actually do. According to Reil, the car can actually accelerate from an idle position to 62 mph in “as little as 3.7 seconds under ideal conditions.” Now the caveat of “ideal conditions” will raise some eyebrows, but Reil added that “even under the worst conditions,” it can do its published 3.9-second acceleration time.” This is interesting because if the RS5 Coupe can really do 3.7 seconds going from a full stop position to 62 mph, it will separate itself from its competitors, namely the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M4, at least as far as this comparison is concerned.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Are You Ready? Audi Sport Promises Eight New U.S. Models By 2020

The basis for Audi Sport has been around since 1983 but operated under the name Quattro GmbH, a name that paid tribute to the original Audi Quattro – a rally-inspired road car that changed the Audi changed the Audi brand forever. Well, Audi had to keep up with the times and spruce things up a bit, so in 2016, the Quattro brand was renamed to Audi Sport. Now, in 2017, The Audi Sport name has been established here in the U.S., and it all happened at the New York Auto Show. What’s really important, however, isn’t the introduction of Audi Sport here in the U.S. but what it means for those of us with an RS itch that just can’t be scratched.

Up until now, the only Audi Sport or RS models you could get in the states have been limited to the R8, R8 Spyder, and the RS7. We’ve had to sit and watch in agonizing pain as other markets, like Germany, get a much wider lineup that includes the RS 3 Sportback, RS3 Limo, RS 5 Coupe, RS 6 Avant, RS7 Sportback, TT RS Coupe, and the TT RS Roadster. That’s a whole lineup of sexy, race-tuned performance for the taking, but as I said, we haven’t had the luxury. All that is about to change though, thanks to the introduction of Audi Sport here in the U.S. To kick things off in the U.S., we’re going to get the 2017 R8 V10 Spyder, and for the first time ever, we’re going to get the RS 3. Later on, we’ll be getting the RS 5 Coupe – a model that’s powered by a brand-new 2.9-liter V-6 with 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Audi promises that it’ll be able to get you to 62 mph in all of 3.9 seconds.

But, that’s not all we’re getting. According to Audi, we’ll see a total of eight new Audi Sport models unleashed on the U.S. market over the next 24 months. There’s no word as to what models these will be outside of what we’ve already discussed, but it sure will be nice to have an RS option that doesn’t set you back six figures, don’t you think?

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PostHeaderIcon The Audi RS 5 DTM Looks Ready To Take On Any Competition

Most of Audi’s cars leave me feeling unimpressed and always wishing for more, at least in the looks department, but Audi’s race cars have never let me down. The last-gen RS 5 DTM was beautiful, powerful, and full of aggressiveness that says “I want to eat your face.” But, racing regulations have changed since that last RS 5 DTM rolled onto the track for the first time, so there was no telling how the next-gen model would look. Then, the doors to the Geneva Auto Show opened to the public and what did we see sitting alongside the road-going RS 5? You guessed it – the next-gen RS 5 DTM. New regulations require these cars be harder to drive, in hopes that it will put more emphasis on the skill of the man (or woman) behind the wheel. That means reduced aerodynamic downforce, different tire setups, and a car that sits higher than before. Be that as it may, the new RS 5 DTM still looks like it wants to eat your face, and your children, for that matter.

Changes to the body include the new-gen headlights, a sticker that resembles the new RS5’s wider grille, revised side skirts that have fewer winglets and a whole new design in the rear, and more rounded wheel arches. In the rear, the GTM receives new, sleeker taillights and a new rear diffuser that isn’t quite as aggressive and has a few more fins. The Spoiler is now angled less aggressively. Overall, it’s an attractive looking race car and certainly looks like it’s ready to tackle the competition. The DTM will ride a little high and makes use of softer tires supplied by Hankook, and are actually designed to offer quicker lap times from the start, but start degrading after just a few laps. But, there’s a little more to talk about, so click “continue reading” to learn more.


PostHeaderIcon Audi RS5

The second-generation Audi A5 was introduced in June of 2016 as a 2017 model with a fresh look and updated technology. As the cards usually play over at Audi, it didn’t take long for the brand to finish updating the high-performance RS5, and we got to see it in all its glory at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. It boasts an all-new look that is more aggressive than ever with more defined lines, wider flaring of the fenders and rear quarters, updated technology, new materials inside, and – more important to most – an all new 2.9-liter, Biturbo, V-6 that delivers a cool 450 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of payment decimating torque that’s sure to make your inner manhood squeal like a little girl on Christmas. Of course, that’s the same horsepower figure of the outgoing model, but a serious increase of torque to the tune of 125.5 pound-feet.

So, what does all that mean for performance? Well, the new RS5 can hit the 62 mph sprint in as little as 3.9 seconds – an improvement of 0.3 seconds over the outgoing model – and it breaks even in top speed at 174 mph. That’s not bad, but if you want to feel upset about no increase in horsepower, you might want to take into consideration that this RS5 has a much smaller engine compared to the 4.2-liter V-8 that was found in the last-gen model. But, the RS5 really is about more than just engine specs and performance numbers, so let’s dive on in and take a look at the whole picture before this bad boy makes it into dealer showrooms later this year.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Audi RS5.


PostHeaderIcon Audi Sets New Lap Record For Cars With Diesel Engines

Audi has set a new lap record for diesel-powered cars around the German Sachsenring race track. The vehicle used was the 2014 Audi RS 5 TDI competition concept, which managed to complete a run around the 3.6 km (2.2-mile) course in 1 minute 35.35 seconds, besting the previous record by 1.87 seconds. Powering the car was an innovative twin-turbo six-cylinder that gets an additional boost from an electrically driven compressor.

Behind the wheel was professional racer Nicki Thiim, who drove the Audi on its record-breaking run as part of Sachsenring Record Day, an event organized by Michelin and the German magazine Auto Bild Sportscars. The achievement echoes similar success attained earlier in the spring, when the German publication Sport Auto brought the RS 5 concept to Hockenheim and posted the quickest lap in the mag’s history for a diesel-powered car.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Temporarily Discontinues the RS4 Avant and RS5

The Audi RS family is now short by two members, according to a report out of Germany. The claim is that the German automaker has temporarily discontinued the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant and the 2014 Audi RS5 Coupe and 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet.

What’s odd about this report is the timing. You see, the A4 and A5 are set for updates in 2016, and their respective RS versions will not arrive until 2017. This means that there will be a full two years before the new versions of these models roll out.

On the surface, there isn’t a very good reason for discontinuing these two with such a large gap between now and the production restart. Obviously, there is more to this than meets the eye, but I am drawing a blank as to what the other reasons could be.

For those of you who simply cannot wait until 2017, the S4 and S5 will get their refresh in 2016 as well. This way, you can get at least a taste of Audi performance without waiting too awfully long.

To make matters worse, if you were planning on running out and picking up one of these discontinued models now, you may be out of luck. According to the report, Audi has already stopped production and is not taking any more orders of these two RS models. So, you had better hope that dealers in your area have a little leftover stock.

I hope that we’ll have some updates on the next-generation RS4 and RS5 soon, but I don’t recommend holding your breath.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Armytrix Audi RS5 Is the Loudest in the World

Armytrix Audi RS5

BMW fans mourned the demise of the cool V8 soundtrack which was absent in the new generation M3 and M4 models – because they’ve gone turbo – for months. For Audi fans that was never a problem because their sport GT, the RS5, never sounded good anyway. Now though, there is a solution to that problem and it’s called Armytrix Audi RS5.

This thing is equipped with Armytrix Cat-Back Valvetronic exhaust system tailored to fit the 4.2-liter FSI engine in the RS5. Thing is, in curing this engine’s lack of soulful sound Armytrix may have got a bit carried away and overdone it. Armytrix Audi RS5 is now the loudest of its kind in the world. Mercifully, it’s a good noise it makes:

Audi RS5 packs 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm, with the peak torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The high-performance coupe accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.5 seconds. Audi will increase the electronically governed top speed to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request.

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