Audi RS5 review, opinion and how much it costs and much more in our review
AUDI RS5: $75,195 (£68,175)
Usually, when you get behind the wheel of a 500- or 600-strong monster, your palms start to sweat, because you realize that in many ways, not only you are driving the car, but she is you, and she, wayward, can plunge you into adrenaline nirvana, but it can put your life in serious danger if you yourself are not careful enough. In the case of the Audi RS5, everything is exactly the opposite. I tested a car that is the most intelligent member of the supercar club. You can also join the discussion of the car and material on our forum.
This car is discreet in everything. Let’s start with the exterior. It seems that the designers were tasked, if possible, to make up a supercar for an ordinary, unremarkable car, and to make up so that even experts and enthusiasts would not at first glance understand what kind of animal they are.
The “combat” RS5 is not easy to distinguish from the “civilian” A5. The trademark restraint in design and the reluctance to throw gills all over the place, aggressive air intakes and other warlike elements of style make themselves felt.
The main insignia is located at the back. The RS-series has a signature exhaust design with two huge ellipsoidal false pipes. The standard A5 is equipped with two round nozzles, while the S5 has a four-barrel.
Second point. The RS5 is wider than the standard car. However, only 15 mm on each side, and a quick glance will not snatch the “charged” version from the crowd.
There are differences in front – at the level of nuances. The radiator grille and air intakes are made of plastic with a faceted texture.
Also pay attention to the carbon fiber finish. Composite skirts, bumper lips and side mirrors.
These are, in fact, all the differences. But wait, all the standard ways of differentiating the sports version from the standard are listed, what else are you missing? You can argue this way, and you will be right. However, the point is not what was done, but how. All the visual insignia, from the extensions to the RS badges, look so modest, so deliberately restrained that at first it is not even clear what Audi meant. But then you look at the design of the RS5 in the context of the overall brand philosophy, and everything falls into place.
Everything except the exhaust sound! Yes, I understand, family restraint, yes, this is the style, but, for example, the same RS7 doesn’t care too much about manners, announcing the surroundings with a loud roar. And the RS5 is the height of intelligence. Of course, there is a pleasant baritone in the sound (however, you have to listen to hear it), and even shots at gear changes, but in general, the acoustic accompaniment in the compartment can be described with these two words: very quiet.
Plus or minus for a car with supercar ambitions, you decide.
The salon is a classic of the genre. The ergonomic, carefully calibrated interior of the standard A5 has got hold of Alcantara on the struts and the roof, sports buckets with grippy lateral support, and it only became more beautiful from this. The seats, by the way, can do massage.
Special thanks – for one of the best steering wheels in the class, and even in the overall standings of all-all-all cars that I had on a test drive.
There is, however, one steering wheel that I value more. This is a BMW M steering wheel. But the “erasable” steering wheel from Audi is not far behind the Bavarian masterpiece.
Small in diameter, beveled at the bottom, plump, but at the same time embossed, with comfortable tides for fingers at 10 and 2, trimmed in Alcantara – it turns the RS5 control into a continuous session of tactile high.
The engine under the hood of the Audi RS5 is a bone of contention for the Volkswagen Group. The divisions of the concern cannot agree among themselves in any way “whose engine”.
This engine was first seen on the current second generation Porsche Panamera and also on the Porsche Cayenne. And only then the unit appeared on Audi: in particular, on the RS5 and RS4 models.
However, Audi swears and swears that the engine was developed from scratch by their minders! In general, draw your own conclusions, but for now I will tell you about the characteristics of this wonderful motor, whoever it is.
V6, 2.9 liters, biturbo, 450 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.
It works in tandem with the classic torque converter 8-speed “automatic” ZF. As in the older RS models, Audi ditched the use of a robotic transmission on the RS5, preferring a reliable and time-tested one.
The drive is, of course, a permanent full Quattro.
On the run
The RS5 jumps to the 100 km / h mark in 3.9 seconds! And it’s very, very fast.
All settings are in dynamic mode, the gearbox is in sports, we turn off the stabilization system, press both pedals at the same time, release the brake – and a frantic jerk!
This Audi is really damn fast, but I don’t want to emphasize that. It handles amazingly, and I have not seen such stability and equanimity anywhere else.
The RS5 is surrealistically stable, it will insure and correct any, even the most unforgivable mistake, you can press the gas to the floor in a downpour and snow, and it will rush like an armored train along the rails – confidently and unshakably.
The previous paragraph is not a joke. Night, drizzling light rain, not even rain, but just a suspension of small particles of water hanging in the air and settling on the asphalt. The road is not wet, but slightly damp, the temperature is 5-7 degrees. I go into a circular motion, unscrew the steering wheel and depress the accelerator pedal all the way. On the dashboard, the stabilization system icon blinks hysterically, but I absolutely do not feel when and how it is connected. The car just goes, picks up speed with great efficiency and does not give the slightest hint of slipping wheels. Filigree adjustment of auxiliary systems. I did a similar trick more than once, and again, and again, the stabilization system did not fail.
However, any medal has a downside, and in our case it is psychological. Many people say: when buying a sports car, I want to feel that I am driving it, and not he is driving me, that it is I who make important decisions, I want to feel my measure of responsibility. And indeed, as long as the auxiliary systems are on, you will not be able to feel your responsibility on this Audi.
However, if you want superhuman control over the road, and you are a simple guy and not a pilot of some racing series, this coupe is the perfect option for a very fast car for every day.
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Material and photographs provided by Viktor Smeyukha