While the Audi A5 Coupe isn’t the most track-ready car in the world, there’s actually quite a lot you can learn from testing one a track. Track testing a car proves its limits, how far it can be pushed, what it’s really capable of and if it can hold up to what manufacturers claim. So when Matt Farah was at New Jersey Motorsports Park doing some racing, he decided to test out the Audi A5 loader he borrowed from Audi to get around in.
With just a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Audi A5 Coupe wasn’t the fastest car at the track. Though, Farah admits it has some real scoot and isn’t slow. Packing 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the A5 Coupe can get from 0-60 mph in a shade under six seconds. That’s not necessarily rapid for track use but makes it more than fast enough to be fun on the street. And that’s sort of the point of tracking a normal car. If it can hang with faster cars on the track, like a Porsche Cayman in this case, it should be fun on the road. Farah does compliment its powerband but also claims its engine note to be a bit boring. Which is accurate. The 2.0T is a good motor, if an uninspiring one.
However, Farah does note that the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is snappy and fun to use. The Audi A5 is probably more fun with a manual transmission, especially on a track, but the S-Tronic unit is still fun and enjoyable to use.
But the most important aspect of the review is that the Audi A5 Coupe is actually pretty fun to drive on the track. Admittedly, it’s not the most thrilling but it surprised Farah with its agility. The steering is said to be a bit light but it actually has a surprising amount of steering feel and it loads up nicely. So while it doesn’t have the power to make the most of its chassis and steering on the track, on the road it seems like it could be a great blend of power and agility.
Overall, Matt Farah said he was more impressed than he thought he’d be with the Audi A5.