2012 Audi RS5: Aluminum und more awesome

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Audi hasn't even delivered the Audi RS5 to the U.S. and already they've tweaked its face. If only they'd given it a new heart.

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This is going to sound like an over-privileged journalist carping but, honestly, I've been hoping they'd swap out the 450-hp 4.2-liter V8 in the RS5 with something smaller, weirder, and possibly twin-turbo. If I wanted a V8-powered luxury coupe I'd get a CTS-V. If I wanted something insane and techno-ridiculous I'd get an Audi RS5.

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Nope. There's not even a power boost in this redesign. They've just upped the top speed owners will never drive the car from 155 mph to 174 mph and given it a corporate face more in line with the new S7 and A5.

Pretty but vacuous. Just like the girls I stopped liking in Junior High.

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Illustration for article titled 2012 Audi RS5: Aluminum und more awesome
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It's not bad at all, but I also think it's suffering from a mismatch of styles thanks to Audi's 3-year design updates. They're trying to force a new design language onto a car that was designed around another look.

So this car with fluid and curvy lines is stuck with a grille and lights from the sharp-edged new look. Something's not quite right, but it's still a fabulous car. I like that they've moved away from headlights with distinct LEDs, especially with so many others jumping on that bandwagon.

As for the engine, I'm guessing that Audi has decided that in this segment they need the V8. Anyone who wants something smaller would just get an S5.