Pricing for hot new 2013 Audi RS5 announced

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Audi's A5 and S5 models are beautifully styled and filled with some of the nicest interiors in the industry, and for regular folk their performance will be more than adequate. Then again there are always a few radicals who can never get enough speed, and for these Audi now offers a special RS version of its gracefully penned sport coupe.

The new 2013 Audi RS5 boasts 450-horsepower and 316 lb-ft of torque from a high revving (8,250 rpm), naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 with FSI direct injection and sodium-cooled exhaust valves, good for a sprint to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h. The German brand's famed Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, featuring a self-locking crown-gear centre differential and electronically controlled torque vectoring, as well as a special sport rear differential that allows more rear-wheel drive feel, optimal for performance driving, while power will be routed to the wheels via a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch sequential transmission. Additionally, standard Dynamic Steering "automatically adjusts the steering ratio and steering force" to the RS5's speed to optimize steering for any situation, while a rear spoiler set within the rear deck lid will extend automatically to increase downforce at high speeds. The price for all this super coupe goodness? A mere $77,000, plus $1,995 in destination fees .

This makes it the highest priced of its two German rivals, BMW's M3 and Mercedes-Benz' slightly more powerful C63 AMG Coupe. It should be noted, however, that the M3 will be entirely new for 2013, and therefore the price could rise. In the RS5's corner, it's the only one of the three to offer all-wheel drive, and certainly there's value to that.

The new RS5 gets some exclusive styling details such as a honeycomb "Singleframe" grille, distinct front and rear bumpers, a front splitter and a rear diffuser, plus unique 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch 5-spoke rims are available for $1,000), while Audi promises the "latest in technology through Audi connect and Audi MMI Navigation."

Available colours include Ibis White at no charge, and for $750 more Suzuka Grey Metallic, Panther Black Crystal, Daytona Grey Pearl, Misano Red Pearl, Phantom Black Pearl, or Sepang Blue Pearl. Black or Lunar Silver Nappa leather upholstery with Rock Grey piping is offered inside.

Additional options include a Sport Exhaust for $1,500; RS Aluminum Optics bumpers for $1,000; and a tire pressure monitoring system for $350, which arguably should be made standard in a performance car. Safety and performance in mind, ceramic brakes can be had for $6,000 (cheap compared to ceramic brakes on a Porsche), while it's unclear whether adaptive cruise control is available or not (the car builder says N/A, but then it's priced at $1,700 if you pop open the information link). The only options inside include a $250 rear sun blind; a $3,200 Navigation Package that includes an HDD Navigation System, Speech Dialogue System, HD Radio, DVD Player, and a Parking System with rearview camera; and a 505-watt, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound audio system upgrade with "Acoustic Lens technology, proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and ICEpower digital amplification with a detailed study of the Audi interior," says Audi. A fully optioned 2013 Audi RS5 will set you back $92,050, plus destination charges.

The new RS5 is yours to build at Audi's retail website right now.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Audi, 2013, RS5, $75,000 - $99,999, Midsize,

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