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2018 Audi RS5 Caught Playing in the Snow

Hottest A5 model prepping for its debut, but what will power it?

The recent debut of Audi’s new A5 and S5 led to one question, “When will we see the RS5?” While we still don’t have a definitive answer, we now have a few more clues thanks to our intrepid spy photographers.

One rumor that has been swirling is the RS4 and RS5 would be powered by a version of Porsche’s new twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 that’s found in the new Panamera 4S. In that guise, it produces 440 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. An Audi official we spoke with refuted that rumor, saying that the car will use an Audi engine.

Likely candidates include the 2.5-liter turbo-five from the TT RS or a more-powerful version of the 2018 S5’s 354-horse 3.0-liter turbo-six, as the 4.2-liter V-8 powering the last RS5 is unlikely to return. No matter then engine, we expect the next-generation RS5 to meet or exceed the 450 horsepower we saw last time.

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Audi is likely to continue offering an optional package that removes the speed limiter, allowing the RS5 to go past the usual 155 mph maximum.

The RS5 should come equipped with the same set of tech features as the S5, including a full-color head-up display, a suite of driver-assistance packages including; curfew, speed, valet adaptive cruise control, and traffic assists. We also expect it also include Audi’s standard suite of optional extras including a premium sound system and a set of carbon ceramic brakes, likely similar to those found on the R8, RS7, and S8.

Pricing still hasn’t been released on the standard A5 or S5, but based on current predictions and previous RS5 generations, it will likely carry a starting price of just more than $70,000. A reveal of the 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe next month at the 2017 Geneva auto show is possible given how production ready this car looks, with the RS5 convertible and RS5 Sportback possibly arriving later in the year at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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