Audi RS 5 review: A celebration called driving

Mar 29 2014, 16:03 IST
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Audi RS 5 may not be a muscle car, but it is no less either Audi RS 5 may not be a muscle car, but it is no less either
SummaryAudi RS 5 may not be a muscle car, but it is no less either.

It doesn’t happen everyday that you drive a car which makes an angry, howling sound when you step on the gas; it doesn’t happen everyday that the faster you drive, the effortless the experience becomes; it doesn’t happen everyday that you actually celebrate driving.

Agreed, we don’t have muscle cars in India, but we do have high performance versions of some sedans, sedans are that powerful in their own right. What comes to mind are the ‘AMG’ editions of Mercedes-Benz, the ‘M’ models of BMW, and the ‘S’ and the ‘RS’ series of Audi.

The Ingolstadt, Germany-based company makes two kinds of performance cars—the ‘S’ and the ‘RS’. The difference is that while the S-branded cars—S4, S6, S8—have powerful engines but retain all the comfort features and can be used for daily driving conditions; the RS-branded cars focus chiefly on performance and less on comfort. Technically, while the ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’; the ‘RS’ initials are taken from the German RennSport, translated as ‘racing sport’. Today we review the Audi RS 5.


Few cars boast of a sight that sports car fans cannot get enough of. The front end is clearly characterised as an Audi RS model by the Audi single-frame radiator grille. Then there are big air intakes that not only guarantee a supply of cool air into the engine but also look good. Accentuated wheel arches and large wheels define the muscular side contour of the RS 5. The rear has clear lines into which the bumper blends harmoniously. In fact, the car perhaps looks the best from the rear with the twin-exhaust giving it a mean character. The spoiler, which automatically extends out of the tailgate at speeds in excess of 120 kmph to increase downforce, completes the striking look.


Step inside and the first impression you get is of a tastefully done and impeccably executed cabin. What will catch your eye is the shaped sports seats in Alcantara-leather combination or Silk Nappa leather (depending on which model you buy). Then there are sporty controls such as the RS 5 multifunction leather sports steering wheel, the RS 5 selector lever knob and aluminium look pedals.


You just need to fire the engine to feel the power under the hood. That power is generated by the 4.2-litre V8 FSI engine that generates a whopping torque of 430 Nm between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.


Adjust your sitting position, wear the seatbelt, fire the engine, put

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