For a long time, mid-level RS cars have been powered by a lusciously good 4.2L, naturally aspirated V8 motor. This motor revved up high, had loads of torque and power throughout the revs, and sounded like a chainsaw wielding opera singer (which is meant to be a positive). It is my favorite motor of all time, and many of the RS cars that held it are near the very top of my list.
Unfortunately for me, things called “emissions standards” (whatever those are) have made somewhat thirsty motors like these unusable in our modern society. As a result, they have axed for smaller, turbo-charged motors.
The RS5 is the newest victim of stringent emission standards, as the new 2018 RS5 packs a 2.9L, twin-turbo V6. It’s from Porsche, and makes 444hp, which is slightly less than out going V8 model. However, this new V6 makes that up with 443 lb*ft of torque, which is 130 more than the V8. This equates to a 0-60 mph time of 3.9s and a top speed of 174mph.
This new RS5 is also lighter than the outgoing model, trimming nearly 150lbs. All this means it can achieve 27mpg highway, which is nice I guess. Reworked suspension means it sits lower. The interior and exterior have been updated to make things in line with the current Audi lineup, which in normal speak means it is nice inside and out.
But, I’m still a bit bummed. I have always associated the RS4/5s with that screamer of the 4.2L. The omission of the engine here just doesn’t sit right with me. Maybe it is just me, but I do not feel excited about this new RS5…well, from reading through the press release, at least.
Maybe a drive will change that.