Audi launches updated RS5 Coupe
TG's Car of the Year in 2011 gets a mid-life refresh, still retains bonkers 444bhp V8. Win!
TopGear India's Car of the Year 2011, the Audi RS5 has received an update and has just been launched in the Indian market. While the old RS5 was launched at at attractive Rs 75 lakh, new taxes post-budget have taken prices way up - it now costs Rs 95.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra). However, if you compare it to a supercar, the RS5 at this price is still a bargain.
The cosmetic updates include new trapezoid-shaped headlights, a new grille, modified bumpers and new alloys. What's retained is that same 4.2-litre 444bhp naturally-aspirated V8. Which is way more than the 420bhp made by the R8 V8 supercar. Mechanically, the car has got certain updates with the steering. If you remember TG's review in 2011, the steering feel was the only chink in what was an insane performance car. So does the new steering change anything? We will know soon.
Another change is that the old RS5 was electronically limited to a top speed of 280kph. The new one is restricted to the typical German 250kph. We won't cry much over that. Because what the update gets is a Launch Control system that should help you do the 0-100kph in a claimed 4.5 seconds. Okay, then. We will take one.