The car being put through its paces is the first test edition seen to feature production bodywork which suggests that the new super-coupe is in the final stages of development. The previous test edition borrowed the bodywork of the S5. The RS5 incorporates larger air intakes, wider arches, bigger wheels and brakes and more prominent exhaust surrounds than the S5.
The larger air intakes are thought to be necessary due to the RS5’s more potent engine. Unconfirmed reports suggest the RS5 will change from the existing, normally aspirated, 444bhp V8 to a twin-turbocharged V6 producing around 500bhp.
This should result in the new four-wheel drive coupe being able to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in four seconds.
In most cases, the RS5 has made its appearance late in the A5 model’s life cycle, but sources are predicting that the next-generation RS5 will be debuted earlier to satisfy growing demand.
The new vehicle will provide stiff competition to BMW’s M4 and Mercedes-AMG’s C63 Coupe. Pricing is likely to be slightly higher than the existing car’s £58,365, but the new edition will feature additional technology, such as the Audi Virtual Cockpit and various driver assist systems.