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Audi will probably only release official (that is non-leaked) photos and details for the RS5 at the Geneva Motor Show, but then again it is always more fun to speculate and scrutinise a handful of photos, which is exactly what I’m going to do.
Yes, as was expected, a RS5 version of the A5 will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and you can expect the usual RS fittings inside and out. Bigger wheels, bigger brakes, more aggressive front-end styling and carbon/red inlays for the cabin.
The biggest mystery is the engine. You would expect the RS5 to sit in between the RS4 and RS6 in terms of power, but the 4.2 V8 in the RS4 has basically reached the end of its life and the V10 in the RS6 doesn’t really fit into Audi’s engine downscaling policy (as seen in the 3.0 supercharged S4).
I think that the engine choice made in the RS5 will set the tone for the next generation of RS cars and I suspect we can expect some form of forced induction V6 similar to the S4, but with substantially more power.
Lastly, and take this as cutting-edge speculation, the photos of the interior (shown below) show an automatic gear selection interface but without the “S” for Sport mode, regularly found in the R-Tronic variants. To me this means that the RS5 will run a S-Tronic gearbox (DSG) which could mean that the engine is not as powerful as we all think, or that Audi has finally been able to increase the durability of the DSG gearbox in high-torque cars.
Expect the RS5 to hit our shores in September or October.
Update: Well the official specs are out and here they are:
- 331 kW high revving V8 engine
- 10.8 Litres per 100km
- Newly-developed center differential for quattro drivetrain
- Seven-speed S-Tronic Gearbox
Arguably one of South Africa’s most underrated hatchbacks has undergone a significant facelift. The Suzuki SX4, dubbed a ‘lifestyle hatchback’ by its makers, gets a revised engine, optional all-wheel drive, and a cleaner, more chiselled appearance.
Lotus will use the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show as the venue for the unveiling of its 2011 model year Elise roadster.
The Elise has been the mainstay sports car in the Lotus line-up for more than a decade now, and while the MY2010 changes reflect an update, rather than a completely new car, they signify the first major cosmetic reworking since the current, Series 2 version was launched in 2000.
The two-seater roadster gets a reworked clamshell at the front, with cleaner detailing and smoother air intakes, as well as slightly more aggressive overall styling. The headlights are new, too, and feature LED daytime running lights. The changes result in a 4 percent reduction in drag.