We waited a long time for the new, second-generation 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe. Now that it’s here, though, many fans are disappointed. It’s not the fire-spitting monster a lot of fans were hoping it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s brutally fast, has tons of power and enough grip to pull tarmac up off the road. However, there’s no violence, there’s no engagement and there’s no anger. While we’ve heard this from other journalists before, we really get to see it and hear it in this new video from Carbuyer.
The 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 under the hood of the Audi RS5 makes 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That’s quite good, with about the same amount of horsepower as the previous-gen car but with a lot more torque and at lower rpms. So it’s properly quick. According to Audi, it can get from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, which is right on par with the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Though, it’s certainly possible it can be quicker than that in the real world.
But that mighty engine is paired with a traditional eight-speed automatic, rather than a dual-clutch or a proper manual. While I personally feel that the ZF-sourced eight-speed is the best auto in the world, an RS car needs something a bit snappier, a bit sharper and a bit more aggressive.
And that’s sort of the theme with the new Audi RS5. Rather than being spiky, sharp and aggressive, it’s sort of calm and relaxed. Stable and comfortable. Sure, it’s damn quick and has tons of grip, thanks to Quattro all-wheel drive, but there’s no drama. From the cabin, we can hear how whisper quiet it is and, over bumps, how comfortable in is. It’s remarkable how something so aggressive looking and so powerful can be so calm. Now, maybe this was the point all along. Maybe Audi was trying to make the RS5 more of a fast GT car, rather than an all-out sports car. If that’s the case, then job well done. But it just doesn’t seem right.