Audi Testing RS5 Prototype with Full Camouflage, Spyshots Reveal

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Audi is hard at work testing the prototype of the upcoming RS5, and our photographers have spotted another example on public roads.
Like the previous RS5 mule spotted before, this model bears a full layer of camouflage. Audi does this to conceal the shape of the body for as long as possible, just like other automakers do with their prototypes.

The new Audi A5 will be showcased on the second day of next month, but its RS5 performance variant will come years later. Until then, Audi has to conceal the look of the RS5, but we expect the engineers of the German brand to loosen up the camo of the prototype after the unveil of the A5.

Another removal of camouflage will come after the S5 comes to market, and this model is scheduled for a 2017 launch. Until then, all we have is this covered-up prototype driving on public roads.

We already know Audi will ditch the naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 engine of the ongoing RS5 for a downsized V6 engine. The latter will be a twin-turbo TFSI unit, with a 3.0-liter capacity. Most likely, the new powertrain is a development of the unit found on the new RS4, and it is expected to provide over 450 HP.

The second generation of the RS5 will employ the new MLB Evo platform, a development of Audi that will significantly reduce the weight of the car. Thanks to this, the second-generation RS5 will be lighter, more fuel efficient, and faster than the ongoing model. However, the V8 sound will disappear.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system will be a standard feature, as will a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Some reports claim this model will get an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the interior, the RS5’s second-generation will feature Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, complete with the new MMI interface and the latest driver aids and commodity features provided by the German company.
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