2013 Audi RS 5 Overview
Since BMW brought out the M3 variant of its popular 3-series, every automaker in the world has been trying to best it; the M3 is the yardstick by which every performance luxury coupe has to be measured. So how does the 2013 Audi RS 5 stack up? Let’s find out.
Based on the A5 coupe, the RS 5 similar but gets a few distinct touches that distinguish it from the conventional model. Its lines are smooth and well-proportioned; the unique mesh front grille covers a widely gaping air-intake. Standard on the RS 5 are dual exhaust tips, adaptive xenon headlights, wide-body wheel flares, 19” alloy wheels, and an adaptive rear spoiler that deploys at 75 MPH. The options list is limited, but does include tinted windows, 20” alloy wheels, and gloss black front-grille.
The interior if the RS 5 is clean and well configured. The standard seats are heated, power adjustable Nappa leather buckets that do hard work keeping occupants in place even under aggressive driving. Standard features include a multifunction steering wheel with paddle-shifters, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a ten-speaker stereo. There are also a few tech options available in the RS 5, including adaptive cruise control, satellite navigation, Audi’s MMI Navigation plus system with voice control, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. For those seeking more luxurious trappings, leather and Alcantara seats are optional, as are ventilated seats.
In order to match the best performance coupes around, the RS 5 has to deliver when it comes to the engine department and thankfully it does. Under the hood lies a 450-horsepower, 4.2-liter -V8 with 317 pounds-feet of torque mated to a beefed-up seven-speed automatic transmission. With standard Quattro all-wheel drive and extra firm suspension, the RS 5 is good for 0-60MPH in 4.5 seconds and economy ratings of around 16/23 mpg city/highway.
The Audi RS 5 comes with a slew of standard safety features: eight airbags, traction/stability control, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. Larger ceramic brakes are optional for extra stopping power and less brake fade on the track.
So does the 2013 Audi RS 5 stack up the BMW M3? To be determined. There are a few notable differences between the two, including the M3’s rear-wheel drive setup vs. the all-wheel drive setup of the RS 5, but the fact that the RS 5 is even in the conversation makes it one hell of an automobile.