If there was ever a car in Audi’s recent history that disappointed the most on initial launch, it’s the brand-new Audi RS5 Coupe. Don’t mistake that to mean that the RS5 is bad. It’s actually a great car. It’s just not what fans had hoped for or expected. There’s no denying its speed or its performance but it just isn’t the shouty, angry sports car that many fans, enthusiasts and journalists alike had thought it would be. But do we need to cut it a bit of slack, take a moment and appreciate it for what it is? Carfection seems to think so.
We recently wrote that the Audi RS4 Avant, a car almost mechanically identical to the RS5 Coupe, makes more sense as an overall package. Reason being is that the powertrain and suspension setup in both cars is more at home being a brilliant all-rounder, rather than a maniacal, fire-spitting sports car. And the Coupe body style of the RS5 seems to throw people off a bit, as they were more expecting the latter, rather than the former.
In this new video review from Carfection, the RS5 Coupe seems to make a lot more sense if you view it with the rest of its RS predecessors. All of which were very fast, very comfortable and very enjoyable cars to drive, everyday, all the time. But they were never the most dynamic, razor sharp sports cars on the market. Yet we loved them anyway because we could appreciate them for what they were. This new Audi RS5 Coupe seems to be getting a bad rep, as the expectation is that it’s going to be a BMW M4 or Mercedes-AMG C63 rival. While it is a rival to those cars, it goes about things differently than they do. It’s more comfortable, more of a GT car.
It’s still violently fast and packs gobs and gobs of performance. Its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine makes 454 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Audi RS5 to rocket from 0-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. That’s seriously quick and faster than its competitors. The notion that it isn’t a great performance car comes from the fact that it’s a bit too comfortable and, at around 6 or 7/10ths, it’s not the most engaging car. However, Carfection argues that if you really push it, to its very limit, it does come alive and become a proper weapon. The rest of the time, though, in normal driving, it’s a comfortable GT car that’s fully capable of mind-bending performance, should you want it.
If you view it like that, rather than a track-focused weapon, it starts to make so much more sense. And when you view it like that, you should be able to appreciate it much more.