Audi RS5 to Use a 4.2l V8
The sad news is that the German manufacturer seems to have opted for the smaller engine, the 4.2l. As we told you, this V8 unit develops 450 horsepower and will be mated to either a seven speed DSG automatic or a six speed manual transmissions, automobile-magazine.fr reported.
The RS5 is built on a sports chassis and will use Audi's Quattro all wheel drive system. The chassis will most surely embody the manufacturer's new building philosophy of making the structure of their vehicles lighter than the previous generations.
Following those new guidelines, the next S5 line will weigh around 1,200 kg for the Audi S5 coupe and 1,360 kg for the S5 cabrio. This is the reason why Audi is not afraid of using a smaller displacement engine for its new RS5. Even if the 4.2l is far less powerful the 5.2l V10, overall performances are hoped to be at around the same levels.
As for release date and targeted market, nothing is sure so far. But until the RS5 gets here, fans will have to make do with the Audi A5 and S5, both of which will make their US debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The Europeans already saw the two at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.