Audi RS5 Review |CarAdvice

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Audi RS5


Pros: V8 revs and revs; quick-shifting gearbox; superb agility and in corners; sharper looks and ergonomics

The updated Audi RS5 has its price cut by $13,900 to $161,400 but it carries enormous weight on its It sits just one level the mighty Audi R8 supercar and head to head with the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupes. But is it a match for its rivals?

The answer to that is an absolute ‘yes’. Nonetheless, hard to imagine another where the three main are all so good. But in the case of the premium sports segment, the RS5, M3 and C63 AMG all the near-apex of German engineering with Porsche the pinnacle#8230;).

So why the Audi over the rest?

For a it’s the only car in its segment is all-wheel drive, meaning it drive to every tyre as of Audi’s Quattro system. changes the entire dynamics of the RS5 to the M and AMG, both of which drive only the rear Arguably, the average driver can go in the RS5 than they could in its two rivals, given it tends to do a lot of the work for you.

The flipside is the M and AMG demand more for a similar result and hence greater driver engagement. The simply digs in and does .

The RS5 is powered by a 4.2-litre naturally V8, which produces 331kW of and 430Nm of torque. Power is to the backs and fronts via a seven-speed transmission. Recent updates to the RS5 seen its fuel efficiency by 0.3L/100km to 10.5 litres of per 100km; better than the M3 at 11.2L/100km and C63 at 12.1L/100km.

The all-important figure has also improved by one to 4.5 seconds. This is still 0.1 than the standard C63 AMG, makes a full 170Nm from its 2.0L-larger engine, but than the soon to be replaced BMW M3; its V8 reaches triple digits in 4.6

From the outside the 2013 RS5 is the ultimate portrayal of the A5 range, a sharp and athletic stance now wedge-shaped headlights that xenon lamps and gorgeous strips of LED daytime running – a fad that Audi is largely for starting and evolving. The grille has been updated while the and rear bumpers have mildly reconfigured.

Our test car came coloured in Blue with pearl on the outside and black Nappa with contrasting stitching in grey for the inside. Optional 20” wheels (5-arm rotor put the price up an additional $3,900 dynamic steering ($2,400), exhaust system ($2,400) and style package ($1,400) the total price to $171,500 on roads.

The mostly black with chrome and carbon highlights is very much a interior, with high materials and a pervasive sense of all over. The recent updates introduced a new flat-bottom steering and minor updates to the infotainment

Beyond the cabin class, the RS5 is an absolute joy to drive. Apart the sensation of being in control of one of the point-to-point cars around, the of the engine is a constant reminder of lurks beneath the bonnet.

The seven-speed gearbox works with the V8 in nearly all situations, in traffic, but in dynamic mode manual gear control the paddles, the whole package is manic. The rapid-fire gearshifts, up and down, are Formula One-like in urgency, showcasing just how far road cars have The high-tech V8 engine revs to more than 8250rpm, an orchestra-worthy soundtrack as it extracts power.

The Audi RS5 is by no means in its power delivery and overall

But it’s certainly more in its approach to cornering than its key There’s none of the brutish that you get from a C63 AMG, can at times be like a soccer after a home-team loss, or the brilliant – balance and finesse is prioritised over outright speed in the M3.

It also rides firmly, which can be a deterrent to enjoyment, particularly when the BMW superbly across all surfaces. what the RS5 lacks in comfort, it up in cornering ability. Pushed into a corner the RS5 grips on much regard for the laws of

Mid corner you’d expect at any moment life will before your eyes the end in sight, but instead, the RS5 continues on

Through our usual testing of Brisbane’s Mount Glorious and the RS5 felt like a much version of a Mitsubishi Evolution, in its precision and agility. There’s a sense of that comes with this Audi, which is not there with the rear C63, particularly, which keeps you on edge.

Audi RS5

During our with the RS5 in Brisbane, we had tremendous of rain that helped justify why the Quattro system is for a car with this much As with most rear-wheel muscle cars, trying to any ounce of performance in the wet is generally a exercise, but the RS5’s AWD system it look easy. Be it out of corner or acceleration, the Audi’s Quattro minds not if it’s dry or wet; it gets the job done.

The steering is much improved compared other Audis, but up against the systems in the C63 and M3, it#8217;s a sore that highlights the lack of involvement compared with rear drive rivals. The is quick and accurate, but also and too heavy in dynamic mode.

When it comes to just driving, the RS5 can be put into auto which eases the aggression of the and lightens the steering. Comfort goes to an economy-focused extreme, into tall gears at opportunity and making the steering far too

If you must justify the purchase to the half, you can argue that the RS5 has a sized cabin that can accommodate four adults for trips. There’s heaps of in the boot and the front seats are and supportive around corners.

The seats are also useful and not a gimmick. They can actually be if needed – though they#8217;re best kept for short or children when undertaking journeys.

The few things that did some challenges with the RS5 lack of a reversing camera, as an option. The low front nose, can be hard to accommodate in car parks and spaces and the multimedia system like most current Audis, is unnecessarily complicated to simple task – an area BMW’s iDrive shines. On a personal front, the large tips seemed like a down from the quad-exhaust on the S5.

When it comes to purchase the choice between an Audi RS5, C63 AMG Coupe and BMW M3 Coupe is incredibly but here are some facts to Firstly, the RS5 is currently the newest, the M3 soon to be replaced and the C63 AMG coupe halfway through its life.

The RS5 a certain driving style values precision and pinpoint over engagement and then the fact that there are far Ms and AMGs floating around RS5s.

All three are equally cars and if money was no object, you buy them all. But what should be credited for is creating a iteration car that has managed to its iconic Germans rivals in every respect.

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