- High-performance version of the A5
- Available as a coupe or cabriolet (convertible)
- Naturally aspirated, 450-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 with rear-biased all-wheel drive
The 2014 Audi RS 5 returns for its second year with a naturally aspirated V-8 and plenty of speed and performance.
There aren’t many changes to speak of for the new model year; a blind spot warning system has been added to the optional navigation system package and ventilated seats are now available on coupe models.
Based on the A5 coupe and squarely aimed at the BMW M3, the RS 5 has few distinct cues that distinguish it from the conventional model on the outside. This being an Audi, it still has smooth lines and symmetrical proportions, but there are styling bits spread throughout that hint at its sporting intent, starting with the unique mesh front grille that 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 RS 5, like the A5, is offered in two body styles: coupe or cabriolet (convertible).
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.
Given its focus, the RS 5 has to deliver when it comes to the engine department and thankfully it does with a 450-horsepower, 4.2-liter -V8 that makes 317 pounds-feet of torque which is 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.