Now that the Audi RS6 Avant, RS Q8 and R8 V10 Performance exist, the comparatively under-powered Audi RS5 Coupe seems to get forgotten. However, despite its relative lack of power, it’s still one of Audi’s quickest performance cars. In this new video from Carwow, we get to see just how quick it really is and its performance is genuinely impressive.
Carwow’s Mat Watson puts the Audi RS5 Coupe to the test with a 0-60 mph timed run in the wet. Audi claims that the RS5, with its 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6, 454 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, can get from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. That’s just a few tenths slower than the much more powerful RS6 Avant. However, when Watson ran the Audi RS5 to 60 mph, using his own independent timing gear, he was able to record a 3.92 second time while in absolutely soaking conditions. In fact, it looked as if the RS5 launched from an inch of water.
So not only did he match Audi’s claimed time, he did it in awful conditions. That not only proves that the Audi RS5 is faster than claimed, when in dry conditions, but it also proves just how capable Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is. If he launched it in the dry, it likely would shave a few tenths off that time, potentially even matching the 600 horsepower RS6.
However, once on the road, its handling doesn’t necessarily match up to its straight-line performance. While it’s incredibly capable, it’s just not the most precise, nor the most enjoyable, sports car to drive. It’s more of a fast GT car, with quiet, comfortable and refined road manners. That’s not necessarily a problem, as the RS5 does make for a great GT car at a lower price point than most others, but it might disappoint some enthusiasts who were hoping for more fun.