The Audi RS5 is unquestionably one of the best everyday sports cars on sale. Thanks to its 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 making 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, it’s capable of 0-60 mph in 3.7-ish seconds. So it’s a rocket ship of a car. It also boasts tenacious Quattro all-wheel drive grip and dynamite looks. What’s surprising, though, is that Auto Express named it one of their ten best sports cars of 2018.
That’s surprising not because the RS5 is a great sports car but because it’s being recognized as one. Audi Sport products are typically passed over in favor of their BMW M and Mercedes-AMG counterparts, rightly or wrongly. Thanks to all-wheel drive and some inherent understeer, Audi Sport products are often overlooked as great sports cars. Fast, sure, everyone knows Audi can make some of the fastest cars in the game. But not all of them are great sports cars.
It’s especially surprising given the fact that the Audi RS5 didn’t initially receive a warm welcome. Everyone loved its looks and its speed but there were a lot of complaints of it being a bit too anodyne and clinical. It didn’t have the raw emotion that many expected from an Audi RS car. However, it seems as if Auto Express has changed its mind about the RS5 because it’s been named one of their ten best.
When you look at the list, it’s filled with truly great driver’s cars. The McLaren 570S, Mazda MX-5, BMW M4 Competition Package, Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, Nissan GT-R, Jaguar F-Type and the Porsche Cayman all made the list as well. So the RS5 is in excellent company. What’s even more interesting, though, is to think about the cars that aren’t there, that the RS5 beat out. The BMW M2, Mercedes-AMG GT and the Corvette are all absent.
So the Audi RS5 Coupe is a damn fine sports car, something we already knew. But now we know that others know the same and it feels nice.