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FRANKFURT 2011: Audi updates the RS5

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Though the RS5 wasn’t old to begin with, Audi saw fit to give it a mid-model face-lift to freshen up the line a little. On the outside, the most significant differences are the new headlamps and tail lamps, along with a different lower fascia in the front bumper. Even inside, there aren’t any changes that are apparent at first glance, subtle changes to the steering wheel and gear lever.

The real changes, however, happened under the sheet metal. Power comes from the same 4.2 liter V8 monster producing 450 bhp@8250 rpm and 43.84 kgm of peak torque sent through all four wheels in typical Quattro style, but the ancillaries have been modified to reduce the load on the engine, thus increasing efficiency. Overall, the car loses none of the features that make it so endearing and gains a bit more flair!

Of course some owners who have already taken delivery of the RS5 that was launched in India just a couple of months ago may find their car a bit behind the curve. Nevertheless, the RS5, with the new updates, should do a good job of keeping the outgoing BMW M3 at bay just for a little longer.