This new second-gen Audi RS5 is a great car but it’s been met with some criticism for its lack of driver engagement and thrilling engine/exhaust noise. While it’s not bad by any means, even in those regards, it’s just hard to live up to its predecessor, which cast a pretty large shadow, especially in terms of noise. The first-gen Audi RS5 came packed with a mighty 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 and it was a proper engine with a proper noise. So when MTM gets its hands on one, the noise gets cranked to eleven.
In this new video from AutoTopNL, we take a look at a POV drive of an MTM-tuned RS5 Coupe and it kind of makes us miss the old car. That old free-breathing V8 was, and still is, a masterpiece. The way it revs to 8,250 rpm and makes a fantastic noise all the way there. This MTM-tuned one sounds seriously aggressive, more so than the standard car and that’s impressive considering just how great the engine sounds from the factory.
There are some things about the first-gen RS5 that do make us remember just how much better this new one is. For instance, you can see just how much the old RS5 understeers, even in the limited driving of this video. The new one is far sharper, with more accurate steering and a grippier front end, which helps it understeer a lot less. There’s also less weight over the nose, thanks to the new one sporting a twin-turbo 2.9 liter V6, rather than the big V8.
The new Audi RS5 also has a better interior. While the old one is still cool looking, this new one looks fantastic. We also don’t know if we can go back to traditional dials, as we’ve become so accustomed to the new Virtual Cockpit. And the old MMI system looks positively ancient by comparison.
Still, the first-gen Audi RS5 has a ton left to offer, especially if you get it tuned by MTM, or someone similar. So while the new Audi RS5 is an improvement over its predecessor, there’s still some nostalgia surrounding the V8-powered first-gen RS5.