Since the debut of the new Audi RS5, fans have been wondering if it’s worth the money over the standard Audi S5. While, yes, the RS5 is significantly faster, sharper and more dynamic, it’s not that more exciting. It seems as if Audi has tuned the new RS5 to be more of a fans grand touring car, rather than an all-out sports car. So it’s not the most thrilling of cars. And considering that it’s quite expensive, much more so than the S5, is it worth the extra money? Carwow finds out in this latest video.
The Audi RS5 is an interesting car. Its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 makes 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That twin-turbo V6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic and powers all four wheels, with a rear bias. From 0-60 mph, the RS5 takes just 3.8 seconds, which is surprisingly fast. But is it that much faster than its lesser sibling? Its little brother makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft from its 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, which is almost 100 hp less. It also uses an eight-speed auto and a similar Quattro all-wheel drive setup, though less rear-biased.
So on paper, the RS5 is considerably faster and is worth the extra money, in terms of performance. However, it’s all the other intangible stuff where the RS5 is let down.
On the inside, the RS5 is almost identical to the S5. The seats are the same, the steering wheel is the same, the dash is the same and the trim is the same. The only way to tell that you’re sitting inside an RS5, rather than an S5, is by looking at the “RS” badges adoring the cabin. That’s it. And that’s very disappointing in such an expensive and powerful car.
In terms of driving dynamics, the RS5 is actually quite a bit more fun. At the limit, it’s sharper and far more of a hooligan. While it’s difficult to slide fast Audis around, thanks to Quattro grip, the RS5 likes to slide about. In the video, Mat Watson actually does many skids. But around town, the RS5 is quiet, comfortable and soothing. At normal speed and even spirited driving, there’s little to distinguish the two cars, if anything at all.
So when it comes down to it, Watson doesn’t think that the Audi RS5 is worth the extra money over the already very good Audi S5. What do you think?