The Audi RS5 Coupe is undoubtedly a desirable car even before ticking any of the boxes on the options list. At €84,000 in domestic market Germany and $74,200 in the United States, it better be, right? Well, today we’re not having a look at the base RS5 as Autogefuhl had the opportunity to check out a version equipped with the all the bells and whistles.
The glossy and carbon fiber accents complement the car’s Nardo Gray paint, while the 20-inch wheels with a turbine design also cost extra. This particular example not only has the ceramic brakes, but also a carbon fiber roof, RS exhaust, and laser headlights. Inside, the RS5 Coupe had the upgraded seats and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 19 speakers.
After checking out the heavily facelifted interior and the upgraded infotainment, Thomas from Autogefuhl hit the road to put the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 to work on the Autobahn. The reviewer was left impressed with how stable and quiet the car remained even while doing 124 mph (200 km/h). Interestingly, the reviewer says the RS5 Coupe feels more connected to the road with the softer suspension setup rather than the stiffer setting.
Thomas goes on to specify the car is more enjoyable than an RS6 or RS7 due to its smaller footprint and lower weight making it more agile, although I’m sure many will disagree with his statement. At the 32:50 mark, we can see the RS5 Coupe doing an acceleration test in the eighth gear from 60 km/h to 100 km/h (37 to 62 mph). The task was accomplished impressively fast after the transmission kicked down to third for better power delivery.
Needless to say, fuel consumption is not the RS5’s strong point as the V6 is quite thirsty when you floor it and during bumper to bumper city driving. In an ideal scenario, on a highway with cruise control turned on, the performance coupe sips around 8 liters / 100 km (29.4 miles per gallon). However, Thomas mentions fuel consumption shoots up significantly in city driving, especially when the engine is cold.
The lack of a fully adaptive suspension is also a downside, but being a relatively small car does make up for that in terms of handling. Being a coupe means it’s not the most practical car out there, although the mechanically related RS4 Avant and RS5 Sportback are perfect substitutes if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the coupe’s sleek styling.