The Audi RS 5 Sportback it is quite a supercar and should be understood as such. It is not the most comfortable or most efficient version of the model, not even remotely, since its virtues reside in its engine and dynamism. That is why this premium saloon should not be the option of those looking for a luxurious and exclusive car to move around the city and highways. This is a car for those who like to have fun, and a lot, at the wheel. And if it can be on circuits, even better.
The RS 5 Sportback it is extreme from all sides. It is aesthetically imposing, aggressive, sharp, mechanically radical and economically very expensive. Costs 105.010 euros And every extra, many like the sport rear axle differential or the adaptive suspension are essential to get your maximum performance, will increase the price without mercy. Of course, for that amount, the RS 5 It is shown as one of the most complete supercars for everything it offers.
Its design starts from the seen in the elegant A5, but it adds more aggressive bumpers, with huge air intakes, a rear diffuser that is as attractive as it is functional, two quite striking oval exhaust outlets and 20-inch wheels that protect its optional, carbo-ceramic brakes, with which you can roll in circuit without fear of fatigue. In addition, it features widened wheel arches, to fit your size tires. 275/30. It is a manual neck turner.
The interior stands out for its sports seats RS upholstered in nappa leather, the Alcántara of the steering wheel or the optional carbon fiber trim, which will also add details in that material on the front, the side skirts and the rear diffuser, as well as a small spoiler on the boot lid. Accessibility is good, despite its low height and the seats are as enveloping as they are comfortable, a success. The rear seats meet tall adults without problems in terms of space, although they can touch with their heads on the roof. Your trunk, of 430 liters, offers space for large suitcases and shopping for the whole week.
Although in comfort mode it can be really docile, the setting of its suspension makes it uncomfortable even in its softest configuration. In addition, it must be borne in mind that its consumption will only decrease from 9.5 liters if you drive extremely gently. To enjoy the RS 5 Sportback it is better to forget about consumption, activate the mode RS1 O RS2, both customizable, in its most extreme settings and accelerate.
That’s when your 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 release your 450 CV power and 600 Nm of maximum torque to reach the 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds. The kickoff is almost violent and does not lose strength either at low revs or, of course, at highs. The change is fast and very precise and by playing with the cams it allows you to even reach the injection cut. But not everything is speed, it is dynamically very convincing despite weighing almost two tons. It connects curves with extreme ease and its direction is very direct and transmits a lot. It is very difficult to push you to the limit, even by removing the traction control. The feeling is that you can always give more, much more.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.