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2018 Audi RS5 Coupe finally arrives in the U.S., starts at $69,900

Better late than never

The second-generation Audi RS5 Coupe has been on sale for nine months in Europe, but it's only now that U.S. buyers get a chance to snatch one. The second-generation RS5 has finally gone on sale in the United States with a starting price of $69,900 (excluding a $975 destination charge).

For this considerable amount of money, buyers get a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine instead of the previous RS5's naturally aspirated V8.\

The new power plant delivers 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque available between a broad range of 1,900 and 5,000 rpm. That's a bump of 126 lb-ft of peak torque over the previous generation model, and it translates into a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.7 seconds — 0.8 seconds quicker than the previous RS5. Top speed is 155 mph, but it can be raised to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.

Credit for the blistering performance also goes to the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with self-locking center differential and the rear-biased quattro all-wheel-drive system that also features a rear differential with RS-specific tuning.

As with any Audi Sport model, the 2018 RS5 features a performance suspension that lowers the car by 7 mm compared to the S5 Coupe, but customers also have the option of the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control which uses steel springs and adjustable dampers.

The Audi drive select system is standard and offers four distinct drive modes (comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual), with handling also enhanced by RS-specific programming for the ESC, and available RS-tuned dynamic steering. Braking power comes courtesy of standard RS steel brakes or optional carbon-ceramic front brakes.

Standard equipment highlights include full LED headlights with LED DRLs and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals, Audi smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration, three-zone automatic climate control with digital rear display, and an array of safety assist systems. Those include Audi pre sense basic, Audi pre sense city, Audi side assist, rear cross traffic assist, and Audi pre sense rear.

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