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New Audi RS5: Faster, sportier, swankier

Last updated on: July 05, 2013 15:08 IST

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Itar Mehak Arneja


To be number one in the country, Audi India is working consistently to better its portfolio for the Indian buyers. It expands its line-up by launching the much awaited 2013 Audi RS5.

The vehicle was first announced at Geneva Motor Show last year and is now here, ready to touch the Indian roads and replace the current RS5 model, which was launched way back in 2011.

It is basically a sports version of the A5 - rather much better and sportier one.

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Exterior

The front of the car is stunning and you can’t take eyes off it. It is characterised by the Audi single frame radiator grille with a matt aluminium-look frame.

For the first time in Audi cars, the radiator grille with the diamond-pattern mesh has an extreme glossy and shiny metallic surface thanks to the use of anthracite.

The air-intakes at the front are large-sized which ensures proper supply of cooling air. Prominent wheel arches and sill extensions make the side of the car looks extra powerful.

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Behind the wheels, high-gloss black brake callipers can be easily noticed. The rear has clear lines with a blend of redesigned stylish bumper, integral diffuser insert, and large oval tailpipes.

To personalise and make it distinct, options for ordering the black or aluminium matt styling packages for front are also offered.

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Enter the cabin and you will be stunned by its clear design, high-end material, elegant finishing, and superior expertise.

Audi Multi-Media Interface elegantly combines all of the operation components of the vehicle in one intuitive and user-friendly display, which can be easily accessed right from the driver’s seat.

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The well-designed sports seat comes wrapped in Alcantara-leather combination or Silk Nappa leather that provides excellent hold.

To create an outstanding look, you can choose matching inlays in Carbon, Piano finish black, Matt brushed aluminium, or dark stainless steel mesh.

Multifunction steering wheel, RS 5 selector lever knob, and aluminium-look pedals completes its sporty impression. It creates an intense exciting atmosphere for all the passengers.

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Engine

The immense power generated, right from the first moment you ignite the engine, comes from the 4.2-litre V8 FSI engine, which uses the FSI direct petrol injection technology. The company has efficiently transferred such a powerful engine from race tracks to roads.

For efficient combustion and enhanced power yield, the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber, which then is highly compressed and as a result creates a uniform mixture of air and fuel.

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This high-performance engine allows speed up to 8,500 rpm and delivers a maximum power of about 450 PS and a top torque of 430 Nm.

Company states that 90 per cent of the power is available at a wide range of 3000 to 8000 rpm which enables it to achieve 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and in further 10.9 seconds, it can touch 200 km/h.

The expected fuel consumption is 10.8l/100 km and expected CO2 emissions is 252 g/km.

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Efficiency

The cutting-edge technology is the core of any Audi model. Within the same framework, the company employs various efficiency measures, which makes it all-together distinguishable.

The S tronic gearbox clubs the advantages of both, manual gearbox (lead to low fuel consumption) and automatic gearbox.

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In automatic mode, the control function performs gearshifts very smoothly and time them for ideal fuel consumption. It also enables to reach top gears operating at very low engine speeds.

LED technology, yet another measure to save power consumption, used in daytime running lights, side turn indicators and rear lights makes them last throughout the vehicle life.

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Safety

This vehicle takes utmost care of the passengers by its advanced safety measures. The anti-lock brakes automatically detect when the tire has stopped rotating under high braking and regulate the brake pressure to allow the tire to rotate. This enhances its ability to turn while braking.

The Stability control never lets the vehicle to get out of control by reducing the engine power or by applying select brakes.

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Front-impact, side-impact, overhead and knee airbags offer total safety of the occupants in any collision or accident.

In addition to this, in case of some collision, pretensioners automatically tighten the seatbelts to place the occupant in the ideal sitting position.

It is also equipped with security system, which detects intrusion of some unwanted vehicle or object. Included in this is the ignition disable device which does not let the engine start if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.

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Price

It is launched at Rs 95 lakh (Rs 9.5 million) and rivals Jaguar XFR, and the BMW 6 series Gran Coupe which is diesel model and costs almost the same.

It is engineered for people who enjoy finer tastes of life and with its face-lifted performance and sportier look, it has earned a huge appreciation from sports car fans as well.

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