For those who feel the Audi S5 Coupe is a little lacking in the performance department, Audi Sport has unveiled the RS5 Coupe just in time for the Geneva Motor Show.

At the heart of the RS5 is an all-new 2.9 litre biturbo TFSI V6 engine that features develops 450 hp and 600 Nm, which is more than what is offered by a Panamera 4S and its 4.2L V8 predecessor (444 hp/430 Nm).

The mill is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic auto and a rear-biased (40:60 split) quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. Where the S5 Coupe takes 4.7 seconds to sprint from 0-100 km/h, the RS5 requires just 3.9 seconds to do the same. It’ll also hit a top speed of 280 km/h should buyers select the optional dynamic package.

If you’re interested to know, the RS5 consumes just 8.7 litres of fuel per 100 km, according to the NEDC cycle. It’ll also emit just 197 grammes of CO2 per km, which represents a 17% efficiency gain over the previous model.

This brute force (and efficiency) is matched by a lighter body, which tips the scales at just 1,655 kg, a decline of 60 kg. The car’s chassis also features five-link suspension at the front and rear, the latter replacing the previous car’s trapezoidal-link setup. The standard RS sport suspension also results in a much lower-riding car than before, and can be enhanced with additional options.

These include Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning, allowing drivers to select from a variety of driving modes via the Audi drive select system. Audi Sport even offers an optional rear sport differential.

According to the brand, the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car served as an influence for the RS5’s styling. At the front, the main changes include a new front bumper, Singleframe grille with honeycomb mesh, larger intakes, and tinted Matrix LED headlights. Look a little closer, and you’ll spot smaller intakes and outlets around said headlights as well.

The car also receives quattro blisters or wider wheel arches, which sees a growth in track of 15 mm, complemented by standard 19-inch wheels (20-inch are optional). From the rear, the RS5 is instantly recognisable due to its oval-shaped tailpipes, an RS trademark. Other details include a carbon-fibre diffuser and lip spoiler mounted on the trunk lid.

Moving inside, the predominantly black interior comes with is accompanied by carbon-fibre trim on the doors, dashboard, and centre console. RS-specific kit found here include the sport seats (with optional diamond stitching in Nappa leather), flat-bottom steering, RS badging, and special displays for the Audi virtual cockpit system.

The RS5 also comes with the RS design package that introduces red accents for a bit of contrast, where you’ll find red stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever, door cards, along with red seatbelts. Speaking of colours, Audi Sport offers Sonoma green metallic as an exclusive paint finish for the RS5 Coupe.