Now that the Audi RS5 Coupe has been driven by many journalists (sadly, not us), the response its getting is quite surprising. Most of us thought that it would be another fire-spitting monster, like the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, BMW M4 and even the previous-gen RS5. However, it’s not that, really. Sure, it’s very fast and very capable but it feels more like a GT car than a proper sports car. In this video review of the new RS5, we get to see exactly what that means.
From the outside, the Audi RS5 looks properly aggressive. There are gills and scoops and flares all over, making the RS5 look angrier than ever. While many may not like it, we actually do like it quite a bit and think it looks seriously sporty. However, its looks somewhat belie its driving characteristics. Instead of being psychotic and aggressive, it’s smooth and quiet. It’s even rather comfortable. What happened to the brittle suspension from the original car?
It’s so quiet on the inside, in fact, that the reviewer had to open the window while driving just to hear the engine properly. It’s almost luxury car-quiet on the inside. And if you watch the video, there are seemingly very few road intrusions into the cabin. So the suspension is supple and compliant as well.
Don’t let all of this mistake you, the Audi RS5 is still rapid. Its firepower comes from a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is sent through the brand’s eight-speed automatic transmission. No dual-clutch or manual for the RS5. Power is then sent to all four wheels, via a sport-tuned Quattro all-wheel drive system. So it’s seriously quick. According to Audi, 0-60 mph takes just 3.9 seconds. The BMW M4 Competition Package has been clocked at 3.8 seconds with less power and only rear-wheel drive. So the RS5 could be even faster than advertised.
It also has tremendous levels of grip. In the video, the g-force meter starts reading 1.0 g of lateral grip and it seems as if they were on public roads. That’s mighty impressive. Thank the brand’s brilliant Quattro system for that.
Though, despite all of the power and performance, it’s just never that exciting. The cabin is quiet, the suspension is comfortable and the steering isn’t the liveliest. So it doesn’t seem as if it even wants to compete with its traditional rivals from Mercedes-AMG and BMW M. Maybe that’s a good thing, maybe it’s not. We won’t know until we get our paws on one.