There was a bit of disappointment that followed the reveal of the Audi RS5 Coupe, mostly due to its engine. The 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that powers the new RS5 replaces the old, naturally-aspirated 4.2 liter V8 that powered the old one. While it makes almost identical power and even more torque, fans are a bit underwhelmed by the new blown-six, as it isn’t as sonorous or as exciting as the older, but brilliant, V8. Having said that, this new Audi RS5 Coupe is flipping fast.
In this recent drag race by The MotoristSA, we see which is faster, the new Audi RS5 or the BMW M4 Competition Package.
These two cars are direct competitors and will be at each others throats for the foreseeable future. However, they’re actually remarkable similar. They both have twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines that replace naturally-aspirated V8 engines from their predecessors, they’re both coupes and they both use automatic gearboxes. They have similar power figures as well. The RS5 gets 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque while the BMW M4 Comp Pack has 444 hp and 406 lb-ft. The Bimmer is a bit down on power but it’s also a bit lighter.
Both cars have their differences, though. The M4 has a higher-revving inline-six engine while the RS5 uses a more compact V6. The BMW also has a rapid-fire seven-speed dual-clutch auto while the Audi makes do with a standard eight-speed automatic. But the key difference is the fact that the RS5 is all-wheel drive while the M4 is only rear wheel drive. So the combination of more torque and more grip gives the Audi RS5 a serious advantage here.
And it shows. Off the line, the RS5 simply leaps ahead of the M4, before the latter car ever has a chance. And the Audi keeps on pulling ahead all the way through the finish line, crossing it while ahead of the BMW by at least two car lengths. I’ve driven the BMW M4 Competition Package and launched it from a standstill. It’s not slow. So the fact that the RS5 can flat out demolish the M4 like that is incredibly impressive and proves just how fast it really is.
The new Audi Rs5 might not be as soulful as its predecessor by holy hell is it fast.