Twenty-five years have passed since Audi introduced its incredible TDI turbodiesel engine. Last week, to mark that anniversary, the German automaker installed a 3.0-liter V6 engine equipped with two turbochargers and one supercharger into an RS5. The supercharger Audi selected for this celebration is not standard, gas-powered supercharger; a 48-volt electrical system powers it, ridding drivers of that pesky engine lag since the engine is not needed to spool up.
This brutish engine delivers 380 horsepower and 553 ft-lb of torque, as well as hits 60 MPH from a standstill in a blistering 4 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission provides seamless shifting among gears. All of the power and performance is managed by the iconic quattro system, Audi’s all-wheel-drive platform.
Power and handling aren’t the only advantages to this modified RS5. The company also touts the fuel economy: it says the RS5 consumes five liters of diesel over 100 kilometers (or 47 MPG). For today’s efficiency standards, it’s essentially a stand-alone among its competitors. A modified Audi RS5 has enough characteristics to satisfy any consumer – and “satisfy” is a bit of a gross understatement.
Audi did not specify whether this concept would see production. Most critics begrudgingly agree that this will remain a concept car; however, with the shift toward green cars, the electric turbocharger technology should likely become an optional powertrain in the near future.
The Audi RS5 Concept will debut at AMI Leipzig, so we will be sure to keep you updated with the reception and performance of this gorgeous car. In the meantime, there are plenty of models here at Audi Cary across our expansive inventory. From the all-new A3 to the spacious Q5, and many more, our brand ambassadors can’t wait to demonstrate the capabilities of our cars.
As always, stay uncompromised – and we hope to see you soon.