the RS 5 gearbox into the Dynamic mode, hear the twin exhausts crackle, find a long straight road, and step on the gas. The throttle response is instantaneous—almost like an on-off switch. But the exhilaration doesn’t end here. Put the gearbox in the Sport mode, and the throttle response is not instantaneous, it is absolute insanity! The car is so fast that you won’t even have time to look at the speedometer. In fact, you shouldn’t. But if you really need figures, here they are: the RS 5 sprints from 0 to 100 kmph in a blink-and-you-miss 4.6 seconds, and onwards to the 200 kmph mark in a further 10.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 280 kmph.
But the RS 5 is not just about speed. It’s more about control. What if you suddenly see a blockade on the road? Just step on the brake pedal as hard as you possibly can. You may feel your heartbeat, you may get sweaty palms, but from 100 kmph the RS 5 will come to a standstill in lesser time than taken to reach there. Then, features such as electronic differential lock, anti-lock braking system and anti-slip regulation ensure the car doesn’t skid.
Driving around Delhi, which boasts of the country’s finest roads, we did find a blooper. Because of the RS 5’s low ground clearance, it scraped a few ‘tall’ speed-breakers—it may not have damaged the car’s underbody, but will surely scratch the owner’s heart. Also, one must keep in mind that after a long drive, the owner will be substantially poorer—the RS 5, clearly, is not a fuel-efficient car in the true sense of the word. In the Sport mode, the car will return you 6-7 kmpl and in the Dynamic mode you may get a maximum of 10 kmpl.
For R98.3 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), what you get is a high performance car that can also be used for the daily office commute—but only if you drive since the RS 5 is a two-door, four-seater car and getting in the rear seating area is an arduous task. It has a huge boot and all the creature comforts you will expect in a car this price, minus the soft suspension. We don’t have muscle cars in India. The concept, in fact, is American. The two that immediately come to mind are Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. The Audi RS 5 may not be