This week’s theme is Audi and there seemed no better way to kick things off than by first focusing on the Audi which has most impressed us in 2011, the RS5.
With the Audi RS5, Senner Tuning took all the usual steps: some exterior appointments, upgraded suspension and of course, more power. Starting with the engine modifications, the 4.2-liter direct-injected V8’s output was boosted to 506 hp (+56 ponies) and 353 lb-ft, by letting it “breathe” more efficiently through a new, valve-controlled stainless steel exhaust system. Thanks to these changes, the modified RS5 accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, or almost half a second faster than the stock model.
The removal of the electronic speed limiter allows the coupe to reach a top speed of 174 mph. Speed-thirsty customers can also opt for a tire swap, in which case, the RS5 can go up to 300 km/h (186 mph). The Bilstein-sourced B16 PSS10 coilover kit, which allows for adjustable damping, both on the compression and rebound cycles, in 10 stages, and the 20-inch alloy wheels with 225/30 rubber up front and 295/25 at the back, round off the performance upgrades.
On the outside, exterior changes are limited to carbon fiber mirror casings, a new window frame finish and a blacked out honeycomb front grille. Inside, upon request, Senner Tuning can fit the cabin with carbon fiber and custom leather trim.
The complete car costs $150,075, including all taxes and registration, while customers already owning an RS5 will have to pay $24,903 for the conversion kit.