The top-of-the-line Audi A5, the RS 5 clearly differs from the rest of the A5 models with its more muscular exterior. The body has been widened with flared wheel arches and side sill rims. The car also sits 20 millimetres closer to the ground than the standard A5. The sportier front bumper has large air intakes in the place of the fog lights. The single frame radiator grille is in high-gloss anthracite with an aluminium-look surround. Also the mirror housings have a matt aluminium look. At the rear, the diffuser and two oval exhaust outlets provide a powerful look. A tailgate spoiler extends automatically at a speed of 120 km/h and retracts when the speed drops to 80 km/h. Driver can also activate the rear spoiler with a press of a button. The 19-inch, forged alloy wheels are shod with 265/35-series tires.
Inside the car, the standard sport seats provide excellent lateral support. Sport seats are electrically adjustable and feature a leather/alcantara or full leather upholstery. Even sportier bucket seats or more comfortable seat options are available optionally. The multifunction steering wheel has a sporty 3-spoke design. The thickened rim is trimmed in perforated leather with contrast stitching. The instruments have black gauges and white lettering with distinctive scaling. As a little extra detail, the red needles briefly rise high and then drop back down, when the ignition is switched on. For the 2012 model year, the RS 5 received a little update to its exterior and interior, but technically the car has remained the same.
The high-revving, normally aspirated, 4.2-litre V8 produces 450 hp and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque. As it is a naturally aspirated engine, the top torque is available at bit higher revs, between 4,000 and 6,000rpm. For the maximum power, you have to rev it up untill the rev meter needle reaches 8250rpm. Perhaps there is no need to mention, that the car’s performance is sufficient, and a bit more. Acceleration from zero to hundred kilometres per hour takes just 4,5 seconds. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h. But if you think that can drive somewhere even faster, Audi can increase the limit to 280 km/h as an option.
The Audi RS 5 comes as standard with the seven-speed S tronic transmission. Manual gearbox isn’t even available. Although I don’t think anyone would even want one, because the S tronic performs superbly. The S tronic can operate in fully automatic mode, or you can give orders via the gear lever or shift paddles on the steering wheel. Engine’s power is delivered to the all four wheels through Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The centre differential can widely vary the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles. If necessary, up to 70 percent can flow to the front or as much as 85 percent towards the rear. As standard the system offers rear-biased 40:60 torque split between front and rear axles. To make sure that the RS 5 decelerates as well as its accelerates, the car is equipped with a powerful braking system. At the front high-gloss black brake callipers are fitted with eight pistons. The front brake discs have diameter of 365 mm. At the the car has single piston callipers and 324 mm discs.
The Audi drive select is a standard feature and allows the driver to change the handling and performance of the car by a press of a button. Driver can switch among three modes of operation; Comfort, Auto and Dynamic. The Audi drive select changes performance of the steering, transmission, differential and the engine. With the comfort mode, the RS 5 is suitable for daily driving, while still being sportier than most of the cars on the road. With the Dynamic settings, the RS 5 feels ready for the track. The Audi drive select also controls the exhaust system’s two throttle valves and the sound flaps. When they are open, the exhaust sounds of the V8 become even more resonant.
- 331 kW (450 hp) / 8250rpm
- 430 Nm / 4000-6000rpm
- 7-speed automatic
0-100km/h / 0-62mph
- 4.5 seconds
- 250 km/h
- 10.5 l/100km
- 246 g/km