Frankfurt 2011: 2012 Audi RS5 Facelifted Before U.S. Launch

September 13, 2011
2012 Audi RS5 Front Three Quarter
We’ve long known that Audi’s RS5 coupe will finally be sold on this side of the Atlantic, but before a single car comes stateside, it seems Audi’s seen fit to give the rennsport coupe a minor facelift in keeping with other recent RS-line models.
For 2012, the RS5 receives a number of minor performance and visual changes. Up front, the RS5 gets a revised front fascia with a wider grille and new LED running lights, which now wrap around the top of the headlamp assembly. The car now sits on redesigned 19-inch wheels -- which can also be upgraded to 20-inchers -- and engineers have also revised the steering ratio for the electric power steering rack.
Beneath the skin, the new RS5 remains essentially unchanged. A 4.2-liter V-8 -- rated at 450 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque -- is still mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. According to Audi, the RS5 sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, and ultimately hits an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. For those who need a little more speed, Audi says it can increase that limiter to 174 mph “upon request” (and a little extra cash).
Audi hasn’t yet announced pricing or release dates for the American-spec RS5, but it should almost certainly be worth the wait (and the price) for fans of ultra-quick cars from Ingolstadt.
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Source: Audi

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