2018 Audi RS5 range


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Audi RS5 vs Lexus RC F. Better than a BMW M4 or Mercedes-AMG C63? - Autocar



Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
ABT provides a subtle tune for the new Audi RS5

The Audi RS5 was recently released to European markets with a local reveal here in SA to take place in the coming months. Despite its relatively young lifespan the latest coupe by Audi Sport has already been fiddled with by ABT.

Thanks to the ABT Power control unit which manipulates the ECU, the Audi-specialist tuner was able to squeeze 375 kW and 680 N.m from the twin-turbo 2,9-litre V6. That makes it 44 kW and 80 N.m more powerful than before. There’s no official figures displaying what this hike in power translates to on the road.

Other than the ABT-branded 20-inch alloy wheels there aren’t any visual changes made to the performance coupe. It does, however come with an LED that projects the ABT badge on the floor when the search light is active.

The German tuner has stated that this is just its first attempt at tuning the RS5 and that a more hardcore variant is imminent.




Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Lighter Audi RS4 and RS5 Carbon Edition models launched

Respective weight losses of 60kg and 80kg are possible thanks to carbonfibre-reinforced polymer parts and aluminium wheels

Audi has added new Carbon Edition models to its RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupé ranges, with respective weight savings of 60kg and 80kg.

The lighter variants come with carbonfibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) parts, including a front spoiler, sill extensions and diffuser. The door mirror caps are also CFRP, while the RS5 also gets a CFRP roof and rear spoiler.

Inside both of the all-wheel-drive models are CFRP inlays and Fine Nappa leather seats in black with contrasting red stitching. The usual raft of RS standard features, including Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which comprises an 8.3in touchscreen and a 12.3in digital instrument cluster, remain.

Added to the exterior is a matt aluminium finish for metallic exterior trim, while 20in five-spoke aluminium wheels replace the standard 19in ones. The 20in wheels feature milled slots that require manufacturing processes Audi otherwise retains only for its super sports or racing wheels. Behind these are red brake calipers. Despite their enlarged diameter, each wheel removes 2kg of unsprung mass from the car.

The RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions weigh 60kg and 80kg less than their regular siblings, but even this lighter RS4 still tips the scales at 1730kg, while the carbon-intensive RS5 weighs 1585kg.

Both Carbon Editions stick with the same twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine as the regular variants, outputting 444bhp and 443lb ft of torque. No improvements are claimed for straight-line speed, leaving the RS4’s 0-62mph dash at 4.1sec and the RS5’s at 3.9sec.

Carbon Edition models also come with a Quattro Sport rear differential as standard. RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes and dynamic steering remain as optional extras.

The RS4 Carbon Edition is priced at £71,625, which is £10,000 more than the regular model. The RS5 Carbon Edition costs £75,400, which is £12,500 more than the standard variant. Order books are open now.




Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Manhart’s Audi RS5 Is Called The RS 500

Manhart has given the new Audi RS5 Coupe a new name and along with that some performance and cosmetic upgrades and changes.

As we know the stock model puts out 444 hp and 600 Nm of torque from the bi turbo 2.9-litre V6 but the tuner’s ECU upgrade pushes power up by 50 hp and torque by 100 Nm.

Thanks to the performance hike, the Coupe can sprint to 100 km/h faster than the 3.9 seconds it can achieve in stock form. Unfortunately Manhart did not release the actual time but I would hazard a guess of 3.7 seconds.

Other changes made include some subtle work applied to the exterior, which also gets gold accents, and 21-inch Concept One wheels, with a matte black look.

Contributing to its final stance is a custom KW coilover suspension kit that brings the entire ride closer to the ground, and if you feel like you want to spend a bit more, you can throw in a new stainless steel exhaust system that can be fitted with catless downpipes for a deeper tone.




Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Here’s how much the new Audi RS5 Coupé costs in SA

The new Audi RS5 Coupé has arrived in South Africa.

The new Audi RS5 Coupé has officially arrived in South Africa, sporting a fresh 2,9-litre twin-turn V6 and the Ingolstadt-based automaker’s trademark quattro system.

The all-wheel-drive coupé makes 331 kW and 600 N.m, with the latter representing a whopping 170 N.m increase on the output of the outgoing naturally aspirated V8. The claimed 0-100 km/h time comes in at 3,9 seconds (and fuel consumption at 8,7L/100 km), while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard. The local price for this mighty performance coupé? Some R1 285 500. That makes it R357 500 more expensive than 260 kW/500 N.m Audi S5 Coupé.

The RS5 Coupé is available in seven exterior colours, including the new Sonoma green metallic pictured below. A carbon roof with a naked fibre structure is also available as an option.

In addition, the optionally available RS Dynamic Package adds Matrix LED headlamps (LED headlights are standard), dynamic steering, a sports differential, raised top speed (280 km/h) and sports suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control.

Inside, you’ll find RS sport seats in Nappa leather with a honeycomb pattern along with a flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel. The RS design package adds contrasting red elements on the centre console, armrests, seat belts and floor mats.

Audi’s virtual cockpit is standard on the new RS5 Coupé, while a head-up display is optional. The standard specification list furthermore includes 20-inch alloys, four-way electrically adjustable front seats (with lumbar support and a massage function), a Bang & Olufsen sound system, MMI Navigation plus, a reversing camera and a tyre repair kit.



Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Driven: Audi's potent new RS5 arrives in SA

Audi has hotted up its local range with three new RS-badged cars: the RS5, the RS3 Sportback and the TT RS.

The new RS5 quattro is the most muscled-up version of the A5 coupe line up, and its 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine wields outputs of 331kW and 600Nm to make it one of the most powerful 'family' Audis in the four-ringed line up.

This gives it the claimed ability to blast the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h - which can be increased to 280 km/h as an option.

The RS5 looks the part with a honeycomb grille, an RS diffuser at the rear, spoiler lip, 20" wheels, and oval tailpipes. Customers are also able to specify the RS Dynamic Package which contains Matrix LED headlights, dynamic steering, a sports differential, and sports suspension plus with dynamic ride control.

Passengers are welcomed inside by illuminated door sills bearing the RS5 logo, with LED light guides tracing the contours of the doors and the center console - in 30 different colours if you choose the optional ambient lighting. Sporty luxury is laid on by electrically-adjustable RS sport seats in honeycomb-stitched nappa leather.

The all-digital Audi virtual cockpit comes standard, as does a 21cm infotainment system with navigation, and RS-specific digital instrument displays for speed and revs.

Paired with an eight-speed auto transmission and rear-biased quattro drive, the RS5 is a grand tourer with a penchant for twisty mountain passes, as I discovered at the media launch in Cape Town earlier this week.

The famous Du Toit's Kloof pass, a snaking mountain road that for once was reasonably clear of trucks, was an ideal playground to test Audi's new R1 285 550 toy and it didn't disappoint. The acceleration is livid, and that turbo V6 hums a suitably sporty tune to match the g-forces it's capable of.

With its drive modes set to Dynamic the RS5 swept through fast sweeps with great composure, and even with the suspension set to its hardest the car soaked up mid-corner bumps without getting skittish.

In such hard driving it's a fast but impressively forgiving car, and it's not prone to early understeer due to its quattro system which is by default split 40:60 front to rear, but can transfer up to 85 percent torque to the rear rear wheels when required. The flat-bottomed RS multifunction steering wheel feels great to grip with its perforated leather.

The RS5 is a car that doubles as a comfy and refined tourer when you're done chasing through mountain passes. Back on normal roads, selecting Comfort mode softened the suspension and smoothed out the ride to easy-cruising mode.

RS5 pricing vs rivals

Audi RS5 Coupe331kW/600NmR1 285 550
BMW M4 Coupe Competition331kW/550NmR1 412 136
Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe350kW/650NmR1 342 246



Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Audi’s next-gen RS5 Coupe arrives in SA

Audi Sport has launched its first model to feature its current RS design idiom, with the introduction of the second-generation RS 5 Coupé.

The new Audi RS 5 Coupe is the gran turismo among the RS models and is priced at R1 285 500.


The 2.9 TFSI V6 bi-turbo engine, which Audi developed from the ground up, offers sharp increases in power and efficiency; capable of 331kW/600Nm – 170Nm more than the model it replaces. The Sportiest A5 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250km/h – however customers can choose to increase this 280km/h as an option.

The V6 bi-turbo consumes a claimed 8.7 litres/100km with emissions of 197g/km. This is an efficiency gain of 17% over the previous model. Also beneficial for the new RS 5 Coupé is a drastic reduction in weight; the vehicle weighs 1655kg, 60kg less than its predecessor.

A revised five-link construction is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model.

With the standard RS sport suspension, the new RS 5 Coupé sits 7mm lower than the base model. As an alternative, Audi Sport also offers the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning. Drivers can make their personal driving experience more individual, dynamic or comfortable using the standard dynamic handling system Audi drive select.

Exterior design

The designers drew inspiration for the new RS 5 Coupé from the racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. The new model measures 4.7m long (74mm longer than its predecessor), 1.3m tall (6mm lower) and 1.8m wide.

In comparison with the A5 Coupé, the Singleframe radiator grille appears broader and flatter thanks to its new honeycomb structure. It bears both the Quattro lettering and the RS 5 emblem.

Beneath it, a blade in contrasting colour runs between the air inlets, connecting these with one another. These also adopt the three-dimensional honeycomb structure and underline the dynamism of the RS 5 Coupé.

The standard headlights use LED technology, while the optional Matrix LED headlights are distinguished by their darker tinted bezels.

Alongside them are additional lateral air inlets, which make this top-performing athlete appear even wider and more aggressive. It’s fitted with a RS-specific diffuser insert, oval tailpipes and a surface-mounted spoiler lip.

The styling packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium – provide even more customisation. Overall, the RS 5 Coupé is available in seven colours, with Audi Sport also offering the exclusive paint colour Sonoma green metallic. A carbon roof with visible fibre structure is also available as an option.

Additionally, customers are also able to specify the RS Dynamic Package which contains Matrix LED headlights, dynamic steering, quattro with sports differential, speed limiter increase to 280 km/h and sports suspension plus with dynamic ride control.


As standard, the RS 5 Coupé welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing the RS 5 logo. LED light guides trace the contours of the doors and the center console – doing so in 30 different colours in combination with the optional ambient lighting.

Bathed in black, the interior is of an extremely high standard and sportily equipped. RS sport seats in Fine Nappa Leather with honeycomb pattern is standard – and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel underscores the character of the high performance Coupé in the interior as well. The steering wheel rim bears the RS badge, as do the front seat backrests and the shift gate.

The RS design package brings the sporty contrast colour red into play on the centre console as well as on the armrests, the seat belts and the floor mats with RS logo. The steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are all covered with Alcantara.

The luggage compartment offers 10 litres more volume than before. It now holds a best-in-segment value of 465 litres.

Display and controls

As standard, the RS 5 Coupé features large RS-specific analog instruments for speed and revs. Between this is the 7” colour driver infotainment system. The MMI navigation plus has a screen diagonal of 8.3” and is a standard feature on the new vehicle.

The all-digital Audi virtual cockpit is also standard on the new RS 5 Coupé. With a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels, the 12.3” TFT display provides detailed and selectable graphics. As with all RS models, the RS screen supplements the infotainment and classic displays.

It places the rev counter with integrated digital display for speed in central focus. The driver can configure other displays around this, such as torque, power, tyre pressure and temperature and g-forces. The rev counter also serves as a shift indicator: if the eight-speed tiptronic is in manual mode, green, orange and red segments are activated sequentially as the revs increase.

Just before the engine reaches the limit, the entire scale flashes red. The lap timer, a further function of the RS menu, records up to 99 laps and compares the times against each other.

Another option available is the head-up display. It projects all relevant information onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision as easily comprehensible symbols and digits. Drivers can then keep their eyes on the road. Here, too, the RS 5 Coupé features specific content like the shift light and displays for lap times and oil temperature.


The Audi smartphone interface integrates iOS and Android (not yet available in SA) devices via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto respectively into an environment within the MMI developed specially for them. The Audi phone box connects the smartphone to the vehicle antenna for improved reception quality and charges the smartphone inductively via wireless charging according to the Qi-standard.

The RS5 is sold with a 5-year or 100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.

Standard kit
The following equipment will be offered on the Audi RS 5 Coupé as standard:
• 20" Audi Sport alloy wheels
• 4 way lumbar support with massage function
• Aluminium look in interior and race inlays
• Aluminium matt styling package
• Ambient lighting
• Audi connect
• Drive select
• Smartphone Interface
• Virtual cockpit
• Side assist and pre-sense rear
• Auto release function
• Bang & Olufsen sound system
• Bluetooth interface
• Cruise control
• Cornering and poor weather light
• Comfort key
• Deluxe automatic air conditioning
• Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
• Exterior mirror housings in matt aluminium look
• Electric seat adjustment for front seats
• Front RS sports seats in Fine Nappa leather trim with diamond stitching and RS embossing
• Interior mirror with automatic anti-glare action
• ISOFIX child seat mounting for passenger and rear seat
• Leather-covered multifunction sports steering wheel, 3-spoke, flat-bottomed, with shift paddles
• LED headlights with range control and rear lights incl. dynamic turn signals at rear
• Light / rain sensor
• Lighting package
• MMI Navigation plus
• Parking system plus
• Quattro with self-locking centre differential
• Rain sensor
• Rear spoiler
• Rear view camera
• RS sports exhaust system
• RS sports suspension
• Seat belt monitoring
• Side airbags at front and head airbag system
•Start/stop system
• Storage compartment and luggage compartment package
• Tyre repair kit and Indirect tyre pressure monitoring system



Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Audi RS5 (2017) Launch Review

Audi's flagship sports coupe has arrived on South African shores, but it too is a victim of downsizing as the sonorous V8 has been replaced by a twin-turbocharged V6. Does a force-fed lump make up for a raw, naturally-aspirated V8? David Taylor joined Audi Sport in the Western Cape to find out.

Back in the day Audi really nailed its RS products. What was not to like? A rip-roaring V8 motor, which was an absolute peach, mated to a user-friendly quattro setup. There was something for everyone too, an RS4 wagon, an RS5 coupe, an RS5 convertible. Let's not forget that pearl of a B7 RS4 either, which was so good that even today it commands a premium and is highly sought after as a collector's piece. Rolling into 2017, we find ourselves at the mercy of downsizing, where car companies are forced to deliver performance with smaller and cleaner engines. It's a monumental task, yet the manufacturers have embraced it.

The looks have changed dramatically in the jump from Audi A5 to Audi RS5.

Small engine, big torque

Take this new Audi RS5. It had a thumping naturally-aspirated V8 motor under the bonnet, but now for the 2017 lineup, we find a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6. Eh? The numbers restore some credibility, thankfully, and with 331 kW (matching the outgoing car) and a staunch 600 Nm (170 Nm more than the old V8), it looks like it's up to the task. Audi Sport claims it'll blitz to 100 kph in a shade under 4 seconds, which puts it squarely in the 'annoy supercar owners' club. Brisk indeed. Like all RS products, the vehicle is all-wheel drive and power goes to each corner via an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. You'd expect S tronic in a vehicle of this nature, which would be great actually, but the reality is that it simply cannot handle the sheer torque of the motor.

As for this motor, it has an interesting origin because it's also used in sister brand Porsche, in the Panamera, but Audi has squeezed a bit more power out of it. We simply cannot have the new RS5 making less power than the old one, can we? This new engine weighs less than the old car and contributes to the overall 60kg weight reduction in comparison to its predecessor. It's also claimed to be more efficient, with a figure of 8.7 L/100 km. The result is a faster, lighter, more efficient Audi RS5.

How does it drive?

The Audi RS5 has an illustrious history. Its predecessor was a rip-roaring, snarling coupe that made a wonderful noise and thanks to its quattro setup, could sprint off the line. Dynamically it wasn't as direct and involving of say, a BMW M3, nor was it as much of a handful as an AMG offering. You got the feeling that while it was fast, it was geared primarily for daily driving. You could happily sit in traffic each day, in Comfort mode, and then light the afterburners when the road opened up and other road users had vanished.

New Audi RS5 follows this recipe. While it may be a tad harsh, to say it doesn't feel as raw as its rivals from Bavaria and Affalterbach, there's no denying its performance. Despite the lack of a launch control system, the car powers off the line and its sub 4 seconds to 100 kph is believable. We'd have to wait for a road test opportunity to confirm just how quick it actually is. Through the twists and turns of the Western Cape, we found the Audi RS5 to be relaxing mostly and it's only when you're really provoking it, do you feel that typical Audi safeness. Sure, the quattro system has been reworked to send a bit more power to the rear axle than the front, but you're never going to see the tail-happy antics that the purists adore.

Big oval exhausts make a wonderful noise in Dynamic mode.

The engine, despite being down two cylinders, is terrific. Eager to please, responsive and free-revving all the way are admirable traits, and in true Audi fashion, bangs and thumps out the exhaust are appreciated and encouraged. While you can take command of the car using the steering-wheel-mounted paddles, the car is more than up to the task of thrilling in full automatic mode. Being the hands-on type, we utilised them right from the get-go and while it's not as direct as Audi S Tronic 'box, the Tiptronic setup has been mapped to feel as aggressive and responsive. Success, in other words.

Our launch units were equipped with adaptive damping (Dynamic Ride Control) and this is truly the business, with the ability to switch from firm and poised, to relaxed and comfortable. However, in its most hardcore setting and on less-than-perfect roads, the RS5 is still totally bearable and comfortable to live with. You can thank the excellent chassis for this. Herein lies the problem. Where we've always loved the sheer raw brutality of the C63 AMG and the ultra-direct responsiveness of the M3, we've quietly appreciated the RS5 for outright liveability. You'd love a weekend fling with either of the former, but you'd be thankful that the RS5 isn't an absolute handful and a hooligan.

Luxurious and tech-laden cabin

One of the most beautiful steering wheels in the business...

Audi has knocked it out the park again when it comes to cabin refinement and quality. It's brimming with technology and comfort features, as it should be when it comes to a flagship offering. The RS sports seats are benchmark examples of how to do car chairs well, the digital dashboard represents the best of tablet-like infotainment and the steering feel has a luxurious character about it. If there was one minor drawback, its that our low-down driving position meant that the rear legroom was severely compromised, which is fine. Children add weight and additional weight slows you down.

There are some nice performance touches to the infotainment screens and virtual cockpit dashboard. There's a G-Meter, power indicators and the rev counter has been configured to encourage you to stretch the car's legs. Approach the redline and the speedometer flashes red. Hook the next gear, rinse and repeat. There is also a lap timer if you're so inclined. Nice option to consider is the heads up display. Audi has gone all out to incorporate smartphones into the RS5's cabin. The car comes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, there are numerous USB ports and there's also a wireless charging pad.

Audi RS5 features:

20 inch Audi Sport alloy wheels

4 way lumbar support with massage function

Audi Smartphone Interface

Audi virtual cockpit

Audi side assist and pre-sense rear

Bang & Olufsen sound system

Bluetooth interface

Cruise control

Comfort key

Deluxe automatic air conditioning

Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation

Electric seat adjustment for front seats

Front RS sports seats in Fine Nappa leather trim with diamond stitching and RS embossing

ISOFIX child seat mounting for passenger and rear seat

Leather-covered multifunction sports steering wheel, 3-spoke, flat-bottomed, with shift paddles

LED headlights with range control and rear lights incl. dynamic turn signals at rear

Light / rain sensor

MMI Navigation plus

Parking system plus

quattro with self-locking centre differential

Rain sensor

Rear spoiler

Rear view camera

RS sports exhaust system

RS sports suspension

Side airbags at front and head airbag system

Start/stop system

Tyre repair kit and Indirect tyre pressure monitoring system


As for the looks, we were pretty underwhelmed by the run-of-the-mill Audi A5 and even the S5 was lacking some visual oomph. However, in RS5 application and with the right paint finish like Nardo Grey or red (not this green colour you see in pictures), it really looks menacing and purposeful. So that's one big box ticked. The Audi RS5 is a big leap forward for Audi, but for the RS brand? We think the brand has grown up and realised that its clients are of the discerning, mature type. Sure, it's fun to light the rear tyres and drive the nuts off cars, but how often do we do that in reality?

The sad fact of life when it comes to fast, premium German execs is that most of the time they're driven to work and back, and very few are taken on journeys to find their limits. Audi has realised this and made its new Audi RS5 as comfortable and luxurious as possible. Sure, it'll deliver the goods when you're sitting at a traffic light and you want to blow away that youngster in his Polo GTI, but ultimately we think Audi Sport has cashed in its reality cheque by making this RS5 more about the comfort, luxury and drive.

Is it as fast and involving as its predecessor? Absolutely. Does it have enough going for it, for it to challenge the likes of BMW M and Mercedes-AMG? Sadly not. Would we happily recommend it as a grand tourer that'll seat two in comfort yet deliver 85% of thrills for the average owner? Absolutely.

Audi RS5 Price in South Africa

The Audi RS 5 Coupe is priced at R1 285 500, standard with the 5 year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.




Honorary Master
Dec 15, 2009
I dislike these stick on tablets instead of a proper built in system, although there are benefits but it just looks kark IMO.


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
DRIVEN: Audi RS5 Coupé TFSI Quattro Tiptronic

The previous iteration of the RS5 was known and loved for its high-revving 4,2-litre, naturally aspirated V8. This placed the vehicle on another level compared to the V6 supercharged S5 of the time. But the new RS5 employs a 2,9-litre, twin-turbo V6 … and the question is, does it still deserve the RS badge?

The powertrain

The RS5 is based on the new A5 launched earlier this year on the MLB (longitudinal engine layout) platform. The subsequent weight saving and the 331 kW power output (matching that of the previous version) means that it is no slouch in a straight line. In fact, the claimed zero to 100 km/h time is a mere 3,9 seconds. The new engine delivers 600 N.m, which is up dramatically from the old V8’s 430 N.m, forcing the engineers to employ the eight-speed tiptronic (torque converter) transmission instead of a dual-clutch ‘box.

How does it go?

We spent limited time in the vehicle and a full road test in the near future will reveal more. But first impressions are that the vehicle is rapid off the mark with little drama from the engine from an acoustic point of view. The wave of torque from low engine speeds is impressive, but I miss the crescendo of the naturally aspirated V8. Yes, it does burble and add the odd pop to the exhaust note, but it is not vastly different to what is offered in the S5. Obviously, the stopwatch will tell a different story, but in terms of subjective feel, the experience is not that different from behind the steering wheel.

Ride and handling?

The vehicle rides extremely well in comfort mode and comes across as an accomplished high-speed GT. Even in dynamic mode, the ride is smoother than expected. It may seem unfair to criticise a car for riding too well, but I expected the RS to have a stiffer set-up to enhance the handling prowess.

This was tested on a short gymkhana course where it was joined by two other RS siblings namely (the RS3 Sportback and TT RS). It was clear that the RS5 had more power, but it wasn’t nearly as agile thanks to its size and mass. In short, the RS5 is far better suited to open roads and flowing corners. The fast Audi’s power delivery is rear biased with the centre differential sending 60% of the torque to the rear axle with (optional) sport differential.


Audi injected more aggression into the design by adding a fresh grille with a new honeycomb structure, LED headlamps with tinted bezels, lateral air inlets, a spoiler lip, an RS diffuser and those large oval exhaust pipes.

On the inside, there’s a familiar feeling of opulence and craftsmanship. The brand’s current design elements are all present, from the horizontal air vents running across the entire facia and the standard 12,3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster to the 7-inch MMI screen with its controller in front of the broad gear lever and those beautiful, form-hugging seats trimmed in plush leather. It’s a lovely place to be with an excellent driving position. The rear seats, though, are compromised and not suitable for carrying adults any significant distance.


Audi knows its clients and has created a comfortable luxury GT with enough fire power to blow away most pretenders. It’s a safe approach that has resulted in a vehicle that can easily be used every day. But I cannot help but feel slightly disappointed that Audi did not widen the gap between the S5 and RS5 and give the latter a harder performance edge.

As it stands, there seems little risk that the RS5 Coupé will steal sales from a more performance-orientated competitor, such as the BMW M4. Only time will tell how the market reacts to this “softer” offering in the uber-performance coupé segment…


Model: Audi RS5 Coupé TFSI Quattro tiptronic
Price: R1 285 500
Engine: 2,9-litre, V6, turbopetrol
Power: 331 kW at 5 700-6 700 r/min
Torque: 600 N.m 1 900– 5 000 r/min
0-100 km/h: 3,9 secs
Top Speed: 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption: 8,7 L/100 km
CO2: 197 g/km
Transmission: 8-spd auto
Maintenance Plan: 5-year maintenance plan


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Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Tested: Audi's new RS5 is a luxury tar-shredder

The new RS5 quattro recently became the top dog of the A5 coupe range in South Africa, as Audi’s challenger to tar-shredders like the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

It flexes muscles with a 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine feeding 331kW and 600Nm to all four wheels via quattro drive. That’s the same power output as the normally aspirated 4.2 V8 used in the previous RS5, but there’s been a whopping torque boost from the previous 430Nm.

This gives it the claimed ability to blast the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 3.9 seconds at sea level and reach a top speed of 250km/h - which can be increased to 280km/h as an option.

With our Vbox attached, the RS5 swept the 0-100 in a best time of 4.2 seconds at our Gauteng test track. That’s with a standard torque-converter auto transmission and no launch control. At least, no official launch control; we did the left-foot braking thing to build up some revs before setting those 331kW loose into an unsuspecting horizon.

Audi’s charger is properly quick off the mark, and pushes you into the plush leather seat with gratifyingly chest-squeezing force. The car has almost identical acceleration to its obvious rivals, the BMW M4 Competition package and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S – all three cars hit the 100 mark in 4.2 seconds. The Audi’s notably slower in 60-120km/h overtaking acceleration however, posting 4.1 seconds versus the similarly-powered Beemer’s 3.3 and the much more powerful Merc’s 3.0.

Interestingly the RS5 is no faster than its cheaper stablemate, the RS3, which is just as fast to 100 and is in fact three-tenths quicker in overtaking. We attribute this slight hesitance on the RS5’s part to its torque converter eight-speed auto gearbox, which is a delightfully smooth-shifting thing but not quite as quick through its cogs as dual-clutchers like the RS3 and M4.

The RS5’s brawny pace is backed by some vocal bluster from the twin-turbo V6, though it’s not as aurally pleasing as the deliciously gruff normally-aspirated V8 of its predecessor. This new turbo engine also doesn’t call for high revs like that old V8. I’m all for mid-range flexibility – that’s what you need in the real world and 90 percent of driving and the new RS5 has plenty of it – but when you’re in that playful right-brain mood, there’s nothing like a lot of high-revving cylinders to stir your soul, with no turbocharger muting the noise.

Laying it down is a rear-biased quattro system that ensures a grippy but entertaining car. Long gone are the days of frustrating all-wheel-drive-generated understeer in the corners. The RS5’s quattro drive is by default split 40:60 front to rear, but can transfer up to 85 percent torque to the rear wheels when the car senses it’s being driven in balls-to-the-wall mode. It makes for a car that threads through turns with a crisp turn-in and a tail that can be enticed into playful (but very controllable) looseness.

For a not-particularly-light grand tourer this Audi displays exemplary cornering manners and the sports suspension is well balanced, preventing excessive body roll without getting jittery or unsettled on bumps like some sports cars with too-firm rides. The RS steering wheel felt great to grasp too; there’s something about the texture of perforated leather that sets off the pleasure sensors.

Switching the Audi Drive Select system from sport to comfort sees the RS5 retracting its fangs and becoming a civilised daily drive in real-world commuting, with lighter steering and less-sensitive throttle and gearshifting responses. It softens the suspension too if you spec the car with the optional RS Dynamic Package which also comes with dynamic steering, Matrix LED headlights, and a rear sports differential for even grippier cornering.

The A5 two-door coupe is probably Audi’s best looking car with the exception of the R8, and in RS5 guise those curves are appealingly sported-up with a honeycomb grille, an RS diffuser at the rear, rear spoiler, 20” wheels, and oval tailpipes.

The cabin, decked out in Audi’s typical high-quality trimmings, presents an athletic side with electrically-adjustable RS sport seats in honeycomb-stitched nappa leather.

Lighting plays a big part in this Audi’s sporting dazzle and there are illuminated door sills bearing the RS5 logo, and LED light guides that trace the contours of the doors and the centre console - in 30 different colours to select from.

For a brand that often reserves its best features for the options list the RS5 comes very well kitted out of the box, with items like navigation, parking assistance with rear view camera, and electrically adjustable front seats with massaging.

It also comes standard with Audi’s virtual cockpit, which is an all-digital instrument panel that can be personalised for various views including RS-specific digital instrument displays for speed and revs.

Perched atop the dash is a large 21cm screen for the infotainment system which is controlled by a knob between the front seats, and which I found fairly simple and straightforward to use.


In a highly-competitive market segment of luxury tar-shredders the RS5 doesn’t disappoint.

Ingolstadt’s contender straddles the executive-car/sports-car divide perhaps a little more tilted to the comfort side than its Munich and Stuttgart rivals, but it’s still an entertainingly capable high-performer in both the curves and a straight line.


Audi RS5 quattro

Engine: 2.9-litre, V6 turbopetrol
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic
Power: 331kW @ 5700-6700rpm
Torque: 600Nm @ 1900-5000rpm
0-100km/h (tested, Gauteng): 4.2 seconds
60-120km/h (tested, Gauteng): 4.1 seconds
Top speed (claimed): 280km/h
Price: R1 285 500
Warranty: 1-year/unlimited km
Maintenance plan: 5-year/100 000km


Audi RS5 quattro 331kW/600Nm R1 285 550
BMW M4 317kW/550Nm R1 276 236
BMW M4 Competition Package 331kW/550Nm R1 412 136
Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe 350kW/650Nm R1 342 246
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe 375kW/700Nm R1 461



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