2021 Audi RS5 Sportback review, test drive

Audi RS5: what is it?

The primary RS5 was one particular of Audi’s icons. Very little brief of a German muscle car with a compact silhouette, a brawny, normally aspirated V8, and a generous dose of ‘Vorsprung Durch Technik’, it was one particular of the pillars on which Audi rested its substantial technical bulk.


All this has modified right now. 1st up, in 2018, Audi chucked out the normally aspirated V8 and plugged in a twin turbocharged V6. So, bye bye V8 icon. If you assumed that was a massive alter, right now Audi only sells the RS5 in this article as a 4.8m-extensive Sportback. Compact coupe it just isn’t. The Sportback gets 4 doors, a huge estate car-like boot and loads of included practicality. But can Audi’s little one RS7 provide both of those, a ‘pukka’ RS driving expertise and loads of day-to-day practicality?

Audi RS5: what is actually it like on the outside the house?

A person thing’s for certain, I believe it truly is one particular of Audi’s stunners, a car you can seem at endlessly. The very low-slung profile gets you 1st. The arched, restricted-fitting coupe-like roof, the pillar-significantly less doors, and fastback rear perform beautifully collectively. Then the wheel arches bulge out that excess little bit and assistance give the RS5 a crouching cat-like stance. Even though the nose has been properly executed and has a lot of character with its sharp cuts and creases, it truly is the rear of the RS5 Sportback with its arrow like variety that really is drool-worthy. The wide hips and subtle spoiler set the tone, and then the strip of decorative  fake ‘metal’ that runs all-around the massive oval exhausts looks just excellent.

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Audi RS5: what is actually the motor like?

Beneath the hood, the V6 is also a little bit unique. Co-made with Porsche, the two.9-litre, twin-turbo V6 places out a strong 450hp and has a torque profile that, in this article, has been tailor-made exclusively to give it strong performance. You get 600Nm from one,900-5,000rpm. The turbos are placed inside the ‘V’ for fast responses and what tends to make the motor feel even sportier is that it will come hooked up to a lightening fast eight-velocity computerized gearbox. The quattro program also employed in this article tends to make a huge big difference. It makes use of the sportier crown wheel differential exactly where sixty % of electricity is usually sent to the rear, which can be amplified up to 85 % to counter understeer (or a deficiency of front end grip).

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The suspension is also tailor-made to give it a sporty push. It has a 5-backlink set up at the front and rear, and when there is no rear-wheel steering and air suspension, the steering has been exclusively set up to give it a fantastic amount of money of agility.

Audi RS5: what is actually it like on the inside?

The interiors are ordinarily Audi. That is to say they are built to a incredibly large common and, for the most part, display screen amounts of in shape and complete that set class requirements. The materials in this article are all 1st price, and what tends to make the expertise inside the cabin feel even additional unique is that Audi has employed new shapes and forms that seem excellent. This is primarily real of the metallic carbon-fibre weave that runs in an organically shaped band proper across the cabin. Matched by a single attractive band of wide trim on the centre console, it amps up the great variable of the cabin considerably. And boy, has Audi manufactured the 50 shades of gray cabin perform. Delicate glints of chrome sporadically scattered across the cabin spotlight the crucial bits, and the different textures and colours have been layered in an exceptionally advanced fashion.

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In addition, you get all the RS regalia and badges. You get logos on the seats, on the centre console, and at the base of the steering wheel. The sport steering wheel now also gets two programmable RS modes. The monitor just isn’t huge ample to impress on its have, but Audi’s MMI consumer interface (Modular Infotainment Platform or MIB three) is among the very best there is. Neat, clear, tidy and intuitive, it is fast to react and has slick operation. Audi, in addition, looks to have supplied a hardware update, so the velocity with which it operates also impresses. As this is an RS, the program also provides performance-related facts. You get information on motor and transmission temperature, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, and there is even software that will give you lap instances all-around a circuit or acceleration from to 100 kph.

Also on the RS5 is Audi’s digital cockpit or fully digital instrument panel, massaging seats for the front travellers, electrically actuated pneumatic lumbar help (that feels additional natural), and ample Alcantara on the door playing cards, steering wheel and in other places to enhance Audi’s great variable. Other characteristics consist of Parking Support Plus, a panoramic sunroof, and a button that lets you to change the monitor off at night this is crucial on extensive night drives, as brilliant, contrasting lights are inclined to speed up eye fatigue. You do not, even so, get cooled seats, wireless charging or wireless Apple Car Participate in and Android Auto.

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The rear seats are a little bit compromised for the reason that of the very low roof, but there is a good amount of money of legroom, the seat again is comfortable, and the massive sunroof stops the rear of the cabin from obtaining gloomy. This plainly is no A6, although. You are seated a little bit very low, and if you are previously mentioned six toes, headroom could be restricted. Area and comfort up front are great. The sporty seat supports your shoulders beautifully, the lumbar help is incredibly successful and easy to alter, and just after a day of tricky driving, the therapeutic massage functionality is a welcome addition. I also just really like how the seats seem. Completed in black and rock gray, with a honeycomb motif, they are beautifully done in Alcantara and leather-based.

These who benefit practicality will also be thrilled with the lift-again boot – the accessibility is fantastic, it is wide and deep, and is easy to load. And whilst boot ability, at 465-litres, just isn’t huge, its uniform condition signifies you can use every single square inch of room. 

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Audi RS5: what is actually it like to push?

On paper, the RS5 does not feel particularly exciting, primarily at 1st look. It will come powered by a V6 motor and weighs a substantial one,742Kgs. Get guiding the wheel and first impressions usually are not incredibly strong either. The massive turbos will need time to spool up, and when it accelerates well when you set your foot down, the explosive performance you be expecting of an RS design just isn’t fairly there.

Use a little bit additional throttle and the circumstance cures alone incredibly promptly. Two points take place practically concurrently. 1st, the reactive gearbox provides a lightening fast downshift, and with the turbos now blowing madly, the RS5 shoots ahead to the horizon. Right before you know it, you hit seven,000rpm, you are up a equipment and into the thick of the powerband once yet again. So fast are upshifts, I’m originally persuaded this is a twin-clutch gearbox. The true star, even so, continues to be the motor. Past 4,000rpm, the motor just looks to operate absent from you, accumulating a momentum and power of its have. The RS5 even has a entertaining and exciting exhaust take note, primarily to the prime end. Even though Audi suggests -100kph will come up in three.9sec, it feels even more quickly! I certain didn’t be expecting it to be this fast.

What I do be expecting is loads and loads of grip, even on a slippery highway. Of course, the steering is as inert as Helium and I’m not certain if the rear is steeping out minutely or I’m just imagining points. Nonetheless, if you are looking for the weapon program with the very best ballistics, this is it. The grip is just prodigious, even in the wet, and what I particularly like is that there is a simplicity and predictability about the way the RS5 goes down the highway. Its capacity to come across grip is in point so fantastic, it tends to make a wet highway feel merely damp, and a damp highway bone dry. How does Audi do it? The quattro program is plainly nonetheless a step forward.

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When you sync your driving design and style with the fashion in which the quattro program places electricity down to the highway and up your self-assurance amounts, the RS5 is just massive, massive entertaining. Not like the RS7, the RS5 rotates fantastically on turn in, and then what amps it up even additional is that it shows the agility of a little something 50 % its measurement. It even lets you to set electricity down early and rocket out of corners. It nonetheless won’t do slides, but the additional rear-biased differential does let you to issue it into corners additional aggressively, and that tends to make all the big difference.

The RS5’s suspension also rounds off a greater part of bumps fairly okay and it just isn’t too noisy. Audi has, even so, deleted adjustable dampers from the characteristics listing, so the journey is stiff even in Consolation on a poorly surfaced highway, you even get a lot of brief and sharp up-down movements. These driving regularly in visitors will also have to disregard a often snatchy and hesitant gearbox that, inspite of possessing a rather easy torque convertor, feels very strung and on edge.

Audi RS5: must you buy one particular?

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If you are anyone who likes to push, loves performance and would like a car that can seat 4 in relative comfort and have a fantastic amount of money of baggage, the RS5 is a strong prospect for your money. For one particular, it truly is exceptionally appealing. A lithe athlete dressed in a designer fit, its very low-slung strains and fastback rear get your focus. The engine’s performance is incredibly strong in the prime end, the 4-wheel-push program features massive grip, and dealing with is so welcoming that it goads you into driving harder and quicker. Of course, the journey is stiff, the motor does not fairly have the bottom end urge of rivals, and it just isn’t as properly equipped as it must be at its Rs one.04 crore. Nonetheless, if you want one particular car to do it all, the practical and entertaining Audi RS5 could just be the one particular for you.

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