The Audi RS5 does an adequate job delivering an agile and smooth ride, as experienced in other models such as the RS4 and RS6. The car’s performance has also garnered it a decent run at the Britain’s Best Drier’s Car contest. The RS5 is the second model to be released as a rival against the BMW M3. Similar to its predecessor, the RS4, the RS5 contains a permanent Quattro four-wheel drive and a 4.2-litre V8 engine. But the RS5 only offers a two-door coupe—a limited choice compared to the estate and saloon variations of the RS4.
The RS5 made several modifications to the RS4 coupe model, such as new plasticwork on the front and rear and the inclusion of flared wings all around the car. The front bumper has also been completely changed by including air intakes such as foglight housings that give it a more angular look. At the same time, the front has a deep-set look thanks to a protruding splitter. Large oval exhausts take up most of the RS5’s back end. Plus there is a rear wing that goes into automatic lift off as soon as you arrive at a speed faster than 75mph.
The RS5’s main power comes from its 4.2-litre V8 engine, which has an impressive maximum output of 444bhp. The minimum peak torque starts at 4,000 rpm, making it a flexible and fast engine to work with. The RS4 also happens to sport the first dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox from Audi’s RS line. Other handy features of the RS5 include its four-wheel drive traction that lets you arrive at 30mph in just 1.8 seconds. This feature is complemented by its launch control. The engine’s S-tronic gearbox also contains paddle shifter that enable full throttle, but without having to kickdown acceleration. Shifts between speeds are barely noticed whether you are on manual or auto modes.
Ride and handling is equally impressive, as passengers can expect their body movements to remain tight as they move along the road. Plus grip and traction are high enough to maintain a smooth ride even on the toughest roads.
Unfortunately the RS5’ interior is not as impressive as its exterior and performance. Although drivers and passengers will be treated to supportive front chairs made of quality material, practical features such as the MMI control system could be improved further through better updates. The steering wheel is too thick in terms of width due to its grille-aping detail. Although the gearshift paddles are standard fit, they are difficult to reach and should be made bigger for easier use. But this setback only takes some getting used for easier use of the car. On the upside, the boot is quite large at 455-litres. Plus rear seats can be folded to give you bigger space at the boot.
By itself, the RS5 is not a total success. It could still use a lot of major improvements. But if one were to look at it as a premium sports coupe that can make long distance driving easier to manage, then the RS5 is able to live up to such standards.
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