It was just earlier this month that Audi unveiled its latest A5 and S5 models. As good as these new coupés look, our sights are set firmly on the next-generation RS5, which we know is under development. This week, our snapper in Germany has spotted a pre-production prototype of the high-performance variant being tested on the streets.
While efforts have been made to throw spy photographers off track by using an S5-garbed test mule, there are many aspects of the tester, including larger wheels and extended wheelarches, that give away the RS5 underneath. At the back, you can also see the signature oval-shaped exhausts seen in Audi’s RS models.
The new RS5 is expected to ditch the naturally aspirated V8 in favour of a twin-turbo V6, which will be a tweaked version of the 3.0 litre V6 from the S4 that puts out 354 horses. In the RS5, we expect the six-pot to put out something close to 450bhp.
Likely to be launched around mid-2017 in coupé form, and convertible later, it will join a crowded segment that also includes the BMW M4, the Cadillac ATS-V coupé, the Lexus RC F, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupé.