- 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
Equally comfortable on the track and on the road, the high-performance 2015 Audi RS 5 amps the A5 up to 11 with a larger engine and numerous go-fast upgrades inside and out. For 2015, there are no real changes to speak of, just a few new wheel designs and the addition of red brake calipers to the options list.
The RS 5 is built to take on the latest high-performance models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, like the BMW M4 or the C63 AMG from Mercedes. On the outside, there are a few distinct visual cues that distinguish it from the A5. A unique mesh front grille covers the widely gaping air-intake, and standard exterior features include dual exhaust tips, adaptive xenon headlights, wide-body wheel flares, 19-inch 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).
While most of the competition has moved to smaller, forced-induction engine, the RS 5 takes an old school approach with its power plant which is a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 that makes 450-hp and 317 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a beefed-up seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Quattro all-wheel drive with a rear-wheel drive bias that is dialed in for a sportier feel comes standard. The RS 5 zips from 0-60MPH in 4.5 seconds and offers fuel economy ratings of around 16/23 mpg city/highway.
The interior if the RS 5 is clean and well configured, per Audi’s standards. The front 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.
Standard safety features include 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.