Ever since the second-generation Audi RS5 Coupe made its debut, fans have been somewhat disappointed by its character. It isn’t the rip-snorting monster they thought it would be and that its predecessor was. It looks aggressive and exciting on the outside but its cabin and driving demeanor lack the same aggression. That’s especially disappointing when you take a look at its competition, mainly the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, both of which are incredibly exciting to drive.
One area where the Audi RS5 doesn’t disappoint, though, is performance. While the RS5 is a bit too calm and comfortable to be a canyon-carver, it’s an absolute weapon in a straight line. Its 450 hp 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive make it a rocket off the line. Audi claims 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds but we imagine it’s faster than that. As evidenced by this 360-degree drag race by Carwow.
In this video, the Audi RS5 takes on its two aforementioned German competitors in said drag race. The video is interesting because it was shot in 360-degrees, which can be controlled in YouTube and you can turn the camera around and watch the cars in the race. The camera is mounted atop the Mercedes-AMG C63 S but the voice you here is Mat Watson’s, who’s driving the Audi RS5 Coupe.
At the start of the race, the RS5 Coupe gets the launch on the other two cars. Its all-wheel drive grip is just too much for the rear-wheel drive Germans, as the Audi RS5 leaves them for dead quick. However, the RS5 is lucky it was only a quarter-mile race, as the AMG’s massive 503 hp allows it to quickly catch up and it would have won had the race been longer. Thankfully for the RS5, the quarter-mile ended before the AMG could retake the lead.
Check it out, it’s cool to watch and shows off three really great sports coupes.