Making the RS5 stronger and sexier.
Audi’s A5 is arguably one of the most stunning designs under $100k. Its dynamic appearance embodies sport and class with flowing lines and provocative curves. The RS5 is Audi’s most imposing version of the A5, with even bolder styling cues and Audi’s famous 4.2-liter under the hood – two aspects that Senner Tuning takes to the next level.
The design of the Audi RS5 is so good on its own that Senner Tuning decided to keep their bodywork subtle. Instead of designing new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, spoilers, and other exterior components that could ruin the design, the German tuner focused on highlighting the features that made the A5 models so popular. Up front, Senner has replaced the silver trim on the grille and bumpers with carbon fiber units in a glossy black finish, creating a more uniform appearance. The brushed aluminum side mirrors that are signature S- and RS-model features have also been replaced with carbon fiber mirrors wearing a glossy black finish on the Senner Tuning RS5.
While the modifications to the bodywork remain minimal, Senner Tuning has installed a new suspension and wheels to make the RS5 look even more striking. The conversion uses a new Bilstein B16 PSS10 coilover kit to not only lower the coupe, but also allow for drivers to create the optimum set-up with its ten-way adjustability. Two different wheels are also available for the RS5 conversion: the Sword SC1 (pictured on driver side) and VARA T1S (passenger side). Both wheels feature a black diamond polish and measure 9.5 x 20 up front and 11 x 20 at the rear, and wear 255/30 R20 front and 295/25 R20 rear Vredestein Sessanta Ultrac (XL) tires for added grip.
The Senner Tuning RS5 is powered by Audi’s mighty 4.2-liter high-revving V-8 engine that sends 450 horsepower and 317 lb-ft. to all four wheels. This propels the coupe to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph. While this may sound impressive, Senner Tuning thought that the 4.2-liter had some untapped potential. By installing a new stainless-steel exhaust system with valve controls and retuning the engine control unit, Senner was able to extract an additional 56 horses and 35 lb-ft. of toque for a total output of 506 horsepower and 352 lb-ft. The added power reduces the 0-62 acceleration time to just 4.2 seconds and allows the RS5 to reach a 186-mph top speed. However, the tires are not able to handle such speeds leading Senner to electronically-limit the top speed to 174 mph.
The interior of the RS5 undergoes similar refinements as the exterior with Senner Tuning. The cabin remains mostly untouched but at customer request, the German tuner can install a custom leather and carbon fiber trim.
The complete tuning program for the Audi RS5 is currently available from Senner Tuning for € 113,900 (+/- 150,000 USD) for the complete car, while the kit is priced at € 18,900 (+/- 25,000 USD) including tax and MOT. Customers can also finance or lease the Senner Tuning RS5.
Senner Tuning Audi RS5:
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Maximum Horsepower: 506
Maximum Torque: 352 lb-ft.
-Stainless-steel exhaust system with controllable valve flaps
Type: Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.2 seconds
Top Speed: 174 mph (electronically-limited)
Wheels, Tires, and Suspension:
Wheels: Sword SC1 (driver’s side) or VARA T1S (passenger side)
Finish: Black diamond polish
Front Wheels: 9.5 x 20
Rear Wheels: 11 x 20
Tires: Vredestein Sessanta Ultrac (XL)
Front Tires: 255/30 R20
Rear Tires: 295/25 R20
Suspension: Bilstein B16 PSS10 ten-way adjustable
-Carbon fiber grille surrounds
-Carbon fiber side mirrors
-Optional custom carbon fiber trim
-Optional custom leather interior
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