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2015 Audi RS 5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/17/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Audi RS 5 is now available with two revised packages: the Technology Package, featuring a DVD player, HD radio, Audi Connect, Parking system plus with rearview camera, Audi Side assist, navigation, voice control and a color driver information system, and the Black Optic Plus Package, which now comes with a carbon-fiber engine cover and 20-inch V-spoke wheels.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Audi RS 5 is one of two performance-oriented variants of the A5 and is available as a coupe or convertible. Its sole powertrain is a high-revving 4.2-liter V-8 with 450 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is acceptable, at 16/23 mpg city/highway for the coupe and 16/22 mpg for the convertible.

Overview

Despite weighing around two tons, the 2015 Audi RS 5 performs well, with excellent acceleration thanks to its high-revving V-8 and the well-tuned dual-clutch automatic. It also handles well thanks to its stiff suspension and standard rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. Audi's Drive Select system lets drivers tailor the car to their liking; however, the car's steering doesn't change much and provides little to no feedback.

Ride quality suffers because of the car's stiff chassis and large 20-inch wheels that transmit road imperfections straight into the cabin. The seats are ideal for carving up twisty roads, offering plenty of support to hold the driver in place during spirited drives. However, they aren't ideal for long drives since the lack of cushioning means impacts on rough roads are transmitted straight into the cabin. Adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning are optional and part of the Technology and Driver Assist packages.

What We Think

Despite weighing more than two tons, the Audi RS 5 is a good performance machine and offers great acceleration and handling thanks to its high-revving V-8, rigid chassis, and standard all-wheel-drive system. In a 2013 First Drive we noted that the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic was "responsive, immediate, and intuitive," providing good levels of driver control. However, the combination of a stiff suspension and large 20-inch wheels hurts the car's ride quality and "borders on too firm."

You'll Like

  • Responsive transmission
  • Great handling and grip levels
  • Excellent all-wheel-drive system

You Won't Like

  • Rough ride over less than perfect pavement
  • Steering feel is artificial
  • Heavy curb weight

Key Competitors

  • BMW M4
  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
  • Lexus RC F
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    Ford Mustang GT

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