When the current Audi RS5 first debuted, a lot of enthusiasts and journalists were a bit disappointed with it. Objectively, it’s a great car; it’s great looking, fast as all hell, handles well and is comfortable enough to easily drive everyday. However, it’s always lacked a bit of the fizz that enthusiasts want in a performance car in its price range. So was the Audi RS5 actually a missed opportunity?
In this new video from Jay Emm, we get to revisit the Audi RS5 to see if it was actually a missed opportunity to be more.
Powering the RS5 is a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. That helps it hit 60 mph in under four seconds, so it’s very, very fast. However, as fast as it is, the Audi RS5 never really achieves that sort of speed with any sort of enthusiasm.
There are a few reasons as to why it’s always considered numb. It’s brutally fast but it’s steering is completely lifeless and the noise from its V6 isn’t particularly inspiring. When compared to its rivals, it’s not the most thrilling of cars in the segment. It’s also a bit too expensive.
To be honest, customers wouldn’t be too upset with spending the money on the RS5 if it provided the necessary thrills. However, it’s far more of a small grand touring car than an actual sports car to compete with the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. It’s too soft, too lifeless and too comfortable to be a proper sports car. And if it’s a grand touring car you want, there are better ones than the RS5.
Which is why the Audi RS5 Sportback is the model that makes more sense, as its added practicality and style make it a better GT car than the Coupe and give it more value. So while it is a good car, Audi seems to have missed the mark a bit with the RS5.