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Audi RS5 – Spy shots show it’s close

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0700

The Audi RS5 with its active boot spoiler on view

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The last time we saw the Audi RS5 out testing at the Nurburgring, it appeared to be pretty much undisguised. The video we had earlier of the RS5 (which has now been removed by YouTube) showed the RS5 lapping the Nurburgring at a fair lick. But it would appear that the car we saw then still had something to hide – a trick rear spoiler.

The shots you see above (which dropped in today) shows the Audi RS5 out testing at the Nurburgring once more, but this time it’s sporting a dinky spoiler at the back, which to us looks like an active one. Probably designed to kick-in at 80mph or so to help with balance on the track (or to alert the local constabulary to your speed!), but possibly a ‘switched’ spoiler, it’s something we haven’t seen before.

But still open to debate is the power plant the RS5 is going to get. Our money is now on a tweaked version of the V8 from the RS4 with an extra kick to deliver 470bhp or so, but in the frame is the V10 from the RS6 (probably too expensive an option) or even a twin-turbo V6. But we’re sticking with the tweaked V8 from the RS4.

The Audi RS5 will have to compete against the BMW M3 Coupe and the Mercedes CLS63 when it arrives (which should be at Frankfurt in September). Audi, as ever, is a bit late to the party, but the A5/S5 is a stunning looking car and, with the right powerplant (coupled to Audi’s new S-tronic double clutch ‘box), it will certainly be nicking sales from the M3 and CLS63.

I’d take one!


By Cars UK