If there was ever a complaint about the new Audi RS5 Coupe, it’s the fact that it lacks some passion, some excitement and some hooliganism that seems present in its competitors. It’s a bit too grown-up, a bit too mature. So why not put it up against quite possibly the most psychotic car in the segment — the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe.
In this latest Head 2 Head video from Motor Trend, they do exactly that. It’s also the first H2H episode for new host Jethro Bovington, who’s a welcome edition. Bovington and Johnny Lieberman take the two cars to some gorgeous Welsh roads to see which is the better performance coupe.
First, though, let’s take a look at both cars’ specs. The Audi RS5 Coupe is a bit wider, lower and lighter than the A5 Coupe it’s based on, making it slightly sharper and more dynamic. Under the hood, it uses a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine to make 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That blown-six is mated to an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox and powers all four wheels. The test car in this video also has the optional sport rear differential, allowing it to rotate around corners better.
As for the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, it’s the more hardcore version of the standard C-Class Coupe. It’s powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes a whopping 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of tectonic plate-shifting torque. That mighty V8 is paired with a seven-speed multi-plate clutch automatic gearbox and powers only its rear wheels. So it’s clearly the hooligan in the group.
On the stunning Welsh roads, that hooliganism really shines for the AMG. The Audi RS5 is very fast, surprisingly enjoyable to drive and has tons of grip but it just isn’t the same fun as the tire-shredding AMG. What’s interesting is that the previous-gen RS5 had a great V8 engine but has ditched it for a more efficient, punchier twin-turbo V6, while AMG stuck with a V8 and it’s so much better for it. Don’t get me wrong, the RS5’s V6 is great, makes tons of power and is actually just as quick as the AMG and its V8. But it isn’t as exciting or as enjoyable to drive.
In the end, the Audi RS5 puts up a really good fight, actually making Lieberman to claim that he might have a crush on it (likely due to its good looks and Sonoma Green paint work). Though, it’s not good enough of a fight to beat the mighty AMG and its insane V8.