Audi RS 5 is a coupe variant of the A5 line up and it was first unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show after which there was an exhibit at Geneva Motor Show, 2012. Since it belongs to the A5 family of coupe, cabriolet and Sportback models, its roofline with steeply raked rear window is the distinguishing aspect of the car. It was in 2013 that the Indian markets got this two door coupe and the RS 5 had already received its first nip and tuck by then. So we got a fresh, facelifted version of the car.
A two door sports coupe may not sound practical to all but super car lovers do appreciate the RS 5 for its brilliant performance and to a considerable extent its everyday usability. Its 4.2 litre petrol V8 engine is mated to 7 Speed S Tronic gearbox. This powerful motor churns out 445 bhp at 8250 rpm and has a peak torque of 43.82 kgm that comes at 4000-6000 rpm. These specs show how fast and flexible the RS 5 has been engineered to be. Indeed this V8 engine is tuned to behave like the 5.2 litre, V10 motor that powers Audi R8.
Audi has also used a lot of electronic hardware in the fabrication of the RS 5 Quattro. It makes the car fun to drive while helping it to get a good road grip and allowing you to safely race it ‘round the corners.
The first makeover has given this coupe more of Audi family looks. A band of LED beads is now integrated within the wedge shaped xenon headlamps. The goatee grille carries a prominent mesh design and with thick chrome outline and Audi rings it gives a sporty character to the RS 5. Even the large air dams sport a mesh pattern. A sharp crease line between the wheel arches makes the car look muscular without affecting its elegant silhouette. This 2 door coupe uses 265/35 R19 tyres and 20 inch wheels are available as option. At the back the trapezoidal tail lights have a modish casing and stretch to the tail gate. With a subtly tweaked bumper design, the dynamism of the car looks more pronounced. In the typical Audi super car style, the exhaust system is double tipped and has rich chrome finish. A speed activated rear spoiler has also been given to this car.
Cabin of RS 5 is no less sporty. Its seats are upholstered in fine Nappa leather with contrast stitching. Brushed aluminium inlays on the centre console and internal door panels enhance the athletic feel of the car. Although the cabin looks more practical for only two people, the RS 5 has been designed to accommodate four and so there are seat belts + side air bags for the rear seat occupants too. And there is three zone climate control for comfortable ride.
The ergonomic cockpit is visibly driver centric. Shift paddles on the multi function steering wheel, and Audi drive select with MMI display are useful features. The shrouded MMI screen in the centre of the fascia also has navigation assist.
There is a six CD changer and Radio Symphony for your entertainment and you can always plug in USB/Aux devices. Bluetooth connectivity is standard. For keeping candies and other little items there is a cooled glovebox and door pockets can hold your 1 litre water bottles.
RS5 is a super sports car that does 0-100 km/hour dash in 5.05 seconds and so it has been fortified well with a series of safety features. Anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist are the basic set ups used. There are six air bags along with side and front impact protection beams. ESP and electronic differential lock are also standard. In this Quattro model, anti slip regulation (or traction control) minimises power to any wheel that is in danger of slipping. Locking wheel bolts are also provided. Tyre pressure monitoring system and crash sensor add to the security of the drive. The steering wheel is servotronic and speed sensitive.
Tool kit, car jack and tyre repair kit are provided with new Audi RS 5 coupe as standard. Anti theft features include Thatcham category 1 alarm and engine immobiliser.
In India there is only variant available for RS 5 and this is the RS 5 4.2 FSI coupe priced at Rs 1.07 crore (ex showroom price Delhi). The car comes in range of solid, metallic and pearl effect colours. Some of these include Phantom Black, Sepang Blue, Ibis White and Misano Red.
Audi RS 5 Quattro is not a fuel efficient vehicle or a family car but as a sports coupe it belongs to a totally different genre and still costs less than some other super cars. It was awarded the ‘Car of the Year’ in 2011 by BBC TopGear Magazine. The coupe was also honoured as the Sports Car Of The Year at 2013 Essen Motor Show Race Night.
A good blend of strong built, luxury and performance, the RS 5 does not fail to impress.