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2013 Audi RS5 | Review, Prices, Specs, Release Date

October 10th, 2012 Filed under: Audi

2013 Audi RS5 | Review, Prices, Specs, Release Date. #8211; Call the 2013 Audi RS 5 the end of forbidden fruit. For years Audi soldiered on without a true competitor to the BMW M3, a circumstance that left the Audi faithful with gnashed teeth and wrung hands. That changed in 2010 with the introduction of the RS 5. It appeared to have the power, handling and looks to go fender to fender with anything in the class, but we never knew for sure.

For unexplained reasons, the RS 5 never made it to the land of baseball, apple pie and excruciating political rhetoric.

Considering that the number of cars Audi debuted at this year’s Frankfurt auto show actually reached double digits, we forgive you for losing track of one or two. But one of the minor debuts the updated RS5 coupe deserves a second look. After all, this is the car we#8217;ll finally get sometime in 2012.

The biggest changes for the RS5 are readily apparent, because the front end received the most attention. While the lower grille and chin spoiler go unchanged, the central grille gets Audi’s new clipped top corners, as well as a more subtle trim ring. And then there are the headlights, which get an overall shape that will help the car fit in wherever owners of the new A6 and A7 gather.

The new lights have a more chiseled shape, and the old strings of individual LEDs comprising the running lights are gone. In their place are more modern light tubes that run almost a full circuit around the headlight housings. Around the corner, the car’s side window trim is now black instead of brushed metal. At the rear, slightly darker lenses cover revised taillights. Audi’s designers could find nothing wrong with the car’s beautiful cabin, so it survives this refresh mostly unchanged.

Minor updates include a new steering wheel and shifter knob, as well as a reduction in MMI button count.

More than just a stonking V8 plunked into the engine bay of an A5, the RS 5 is comprehensively massaged by Audi#8217;s in house performance arm, Quattro GmbH. Only the roof and doors remain unaltered from the donor A5. The RS 5 is tipped off by wider fenders, a pop up rear wing, lower ride height, a front fascia festooned with gaping maws below the headlights and rear punctuated by big oval exhaust tips. Yet despite these changes, the visual effect is subtle.

It#8217;s likely many will mistake the 2013 Audi RS 5 for its lesser brethren.

The war between BMW and Audi is always fierce, but in this segment in the US, Audi#8217;s been without a weapon. But with the RS5 now on turf, locked and loaded, we can expect one hell of a gunfight. Unsurprisingly, the RS5 is a fantastic car.

It looks great, handles great and its big V8 purrs like a Lion on Ambien. In NorCal we were offered a mix of street drives (filled with wonderful San Fran traffic) and a whole bunch of track time at Sonoma Raceway. One item of note is that I had three separate guys give me the thumbs up when driving around town, which I deemed a good sign of the RS5#8242;s appearance. Come to think about it, maybe those chaps were actually more interested in something else.

Either way, I got noticed in this machine. Not my cup of tea, but it would appear the RS5 is a real dude magnet.

The tinkerers at Quattro GmbH can build performance cars as well as any other automaker, but in its twenty nine years of existence, the go-fast outfit has failed to establish a cadence as to where and when it uses the RS treatment. That#8217;s about to change as Audi elevates its performance sub brand in an effort to replicate the reputation and consistency of BMW#8217;s M and Mercedes-Benz#8217;s AMG divisions. Give it a few years, and Quattro will be spreading its seed to any Audi that will lift its hood long enough for an engine swap.

If earning our attention with the firecracker TT RS was the first step in jump-starting the RS lineup, step two comes with this RS5, the closest thing to an official announcement that Quattro intends to run wheel to wheel with M and AMG. By targeting the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe two of the most respected cars to ever come out of an in house tuner Audi has taken the fight straight to the competition.

The 2013 Audi RS 5 . bearing bold fender flares and caricatured air inlets, could#8217;ve come out of the section of a designer#8217;s sketchbook labeled #8220;experimental.#8221; In photos, it appears deceivingly similar to the A5, a car with which it shares just its roof and doors, but in person the RS 5 looks like it rolled right off the concept stand at the Frankfurt auto show.

2013 Audi RS5 Price :

Pricing starts at a shade under $69 grand, which makes it pricier than either the M3 or the C63 AMG coupe before you start adding options. Our RS 5 tester totaled $77,320 with the addition of its fancy blue hue and three option packages.

A Google Earth linked navigation system is part of a $3,550 package and provides brilliantly detailed images, though load times on startup can be very slow. Our tester was also equipped with the $2,500 Titanium package that consists of a few cosmetic changes and the 20 inch wheels and tires. Out of all the options, we liked the $1,000 sport exhaust system more than anything else.

It#8217;s auditory candy.

2013 Audi RS5 Interior :

The Audi allroad returns following a seven year hiatus with a new modern design and class leading technology. It is powered by the 2.0T four cylinder engine mated to an efficient eight speed Tiptronic® transmission that makes it faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

It retains its multipurpose design cues such as unique grille, headlamps and LED design, front and rear bumpers, roof rails and side sills as well as stainless steel front skid plate and rear diffuser. The allroad also has a one inch wider track and 1.5 inches of more ground clearance to better manage gravel or snowy terrain.

The interior offers excellent functionality as well as the latest technology through adaptive cruise control and Audi connect. Audi connect is available as part of the latest Audi MMI® Navigation plus system that provides Google Maps, Google Voice Local Search, real time fuel prices, weather, news and travel information as well as a Wi-Fi connection for up to eight devices.

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That might actually be for the best, as there are already too many ways to adjust the RS 5. Audi#8217;s Drive Select system in one of the cars I drove had no less than five settings, and each setting had three options: Comfort, Auto, and Dynamic. Despite this plethora of adjustability, I could never get the electromechanical steering to a configuration that I liked, it always stayed in this sort of feedback void. In Dynamic, steering effort was sometimes too high, and Comfort was too light.

Auto mode would change the resistance between the two, sometimes unexpectedly after an aggressive run up an on-ramp, drivers might be surprised to find that the effort needed to merge into traffic has increased dramatically. RS 5s optioned with the variable steering rack search between ratios of 9:1 and 18:1, while dynamic locks it to 14:1. Cars without the variable rack are stuck at 15.9:1.

2013 Audi RS5 Exterior :

In our testing, 0-60 fell in 4.3 seconds (4.1 seconds with 1 foot of rollout like on a drag strip) and the quarter mile sailed by in 12.5 seconds at 110.8 mph. All wheel drive gives the RS 5 exceptional traction at launch, firing it out of the hole with alacrity. Its trap speed, however, shows the effects of its portly 4,039 pound curb weight. A C63 Coupe is quicker (12.3 seconds at 116.3 mph), an M3 is not (12.8 seconds at 111.2 mph).

The CTS-V, however, is quicker than them all (12.2 seconds at 117.5 mph). Its EPA fuel economy of 16/23 city/highway mpg (we managed 16.7 mpg in mixed driving) pips its German rivals, provided you can keep your right foot tamed. You won#8217;t.

Audi#8217;s Drive Select is standard, altering the steering effort, throttle, transmission, exhaust, and differential among three settings. While comfort, auto, and dynamic each have their own merits, the selectable settings are more of an indulgence than a part of the car#8217;s character. We have the feeling that Audi could build a great car (possibly even a better car) with a single calibration for each of those parameters, just as they#8217;ve done with the fixed rate suspension.

On Northern California#8217;s forgiving roads, we found a perfect ride and handling balance with the optional twenty inch wheels.

With its silky engine, lively differential, and stout brakes, the RS5 is every bit worthy of the RS badge, but that#8217;s not where Quattro stops when it comes to aesthetics. Every body panel save for the doors, the roof, and the hood is changed from the A5, yet, true to Audi subtlety, you might guess at first glance that every panel save for the front clip is untouched.

It#8217;s not until you#8217;re standing next to the car, looking down on the broad fenders, that you really appreciate the RS5#8242;s wide body.

2013 Audi RS5 Engine :

For its first front engine, rear drive biased RS model, Audi decided to build a high strung thoroughbred with Clydesdale proclivities. Power comes from a 4.2 liter direct injected, naturally aspirated V-8 making its power near the 8500 rpm redline. A seven speed dual clutch automatic gets grunt to all four wheels, and enormous motorcycle style wave pattern disc brakes clamped by eight piston calipers do the stopping.

Electronically selectable steering rates, shift points, and throttle response afford very driving characteristics to the car.

On the heels of the reintroduction of the RS performance brand last year with the incredible TT RS, the next track tested RS model to be come to U.S. shores is the RS 5. Performance design, a high revving naturally aspirated 4.2 liter V8 engine and a sport tuned suspension deliver impeccable performance. The RS 5 goes from 0 – 60 in just 4.5 seconds. With a rear sport differential and crown gear standard, the RS 5 epitomizes the next level of quattro performance.

Each RS model undergoes 8,000 kilometers of durability testing and tuning at the treacherous Nuerburgring to ensure it can perform at the limit as well as simply enjoy a weekend drive. Combined with RS design elements such as the honeycomb Singleframe® grille, unique front and rear bumper, front splitter and rear diffuser as well as offering the latest in technology through Audi connect and Audi MMI Navigation plus, the RS 5 is sure to attract many customers who appreciate having performance under foot whenever they choose.

Powertrains : 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V-8, 450 hp at 8250 rpm, 317 lb-ft of torque between 4000 and 6000 rpm, seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, AWD with torque vectoring differential.

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