Audi cut the RS5 following the 2015 model year here in the U.S. and with the redesigned A5 and S5 making their debuts just last week, we’re left wondering when the mightiest of the 5s will return. Today, a new report from Car & Driver indicates that it will return in this generation and be badder than ever.
Sadly, not all of the details surrounding the new-generation RS5 are available yet, but the most important ones are—the powertrain details, of course. Under the hood of the fast coupe will be a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 in place of the old, snarling 4.2-liter V-8 from last generation. This powerplant, which is codenamed EA839, will reportedly exceed the 450 horsepower of the old V-8 and deliver said power at a more manageable area of the rev band—the V-8’s top power came at 8,250 rpm. Reports also indicate torque checking in at least around 400 pound-feet, easily besting the V-8’s 316 pound-feet.
Backing up this boosted V-6 engine will be an eight-speed auto transmission. This comes as a bit of a shock, considering the recent move to dual-clutch units by many automakers, but C&D reports that Audi has found North American buyers prefer the instant torque offered by a traditional transmission. At the end of the day, look for the RS5 to hit 60 mph in around four second and top out at around 174 mph (limited).
Of course, Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard but with a rear bias to give it more of the feel of its rear-wheel-drive competitors without losing the traction of all-wheel drive.
Also new for the RS5 is the possibility of a Sportback model to join the traditional coupe and convertible variants.
We’ll bring you the official details once Audi reveals them, so stay tuned.