Since the new 2017 Audi RS5 Coupe has been driven by journalists, the theme we’ve been hearing is that it isn’t as exciting as everyone had hoped. Sure, it’s fast and grippy and loud but it just didn’t seem to resonate with fans like the previous car did. Maybe it’s the loss of the superb 4.2 liter V8 engine, which has been replaced by a twin-turbo V6. Either way, fans almost seem disappointed. Which is why this video review from Car Advice is rather refreshing because it’s very positive about the car’s performance and excitement.
It starts with the sound. Many other journalists have complained that the exhaust note of the new blown-six is too quiet. However, from outside the car, it sounds quite superb, actually. It’s raspy, raucous and loud. Yes, the cabin is very quiet, so the exhaust is muted. But a quick roll-down of the windows fixes such issues. The sound itself, though, is very good.
Now, it is disappointing that Audi’s absolutely brilliant naturally-aspirated V8 has sent out to pasture. However, the new 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is a stellar powerplant. It makes a very healthy 450 hp and 473 lb-ft of torque. When paired with its eight-speed automatic, it helps the Audi RS5 get from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, though we think it can be quicker than that. So while it may not be as charismatic as the previous V8, the new twin-turbo V6 is damn quick.
In terms of handling and performance, the new Audi RS5 was said to be technically impressive but not all that enthusiastic. It seems as if the new RS5 is more of a GT car, something incredibly fast but more of a comfortable straight-line bruiser. Admittedly, it’s very dynamically capable, with tremendous Quattro grip and a limited-slip rear differential. Its turn-in is sharp and its chassis is dynamic. However, many enthusiasts have claimed that if feels more like a sporty GT car, rather than a proper RS car. Though, this new review from Car Advice seems to paint as a positive.
Overall, this is the most positive and enthusiastic review of the Audi RS5 Coupe and it’s refreshing to here. It also makes us excited to drive it.