The 2018 Audi RS5 is a subcompact car inside, but its exterior footprint is within a couple of inches of a Ford Mustang in every dimension. For what it’s worth, Mustangs are also subcompacts. Fastback coupes just aren’t very big inside. The RS5 is the top trim available in the A5 lineup, the A5 and S5 lie beneath it, with 252 and 354 hp, respectively. – autoweek.com
The 2018 Audi RS5
The latest version of the RS5 is new for 2018. The new powerplant is 2.9-liters and, sure, it’s twin-turbocharged, but still, 444 hp. In fact that power peak comes between 5,700 and 6,700 rpm, much lower than the rev happy V8. Peak torque is much higher too, 443 lb-ft between 1,900 – 5,000 rpm, 126 more than the outgoing motor.
Clean design inside and out simultaneously adds distinction to the RS5 and allows it to blend in. This is not a car purchased to make a splash, but it definitely does make a statement.
The 20-inch wheels enveloped by 30-series, low-profile tires with red brake calipers shining through; fat exhaust pipes hanging out of the back and racy looking stitched seats inside. The comfort setting of the drive select system makes it darn near supple.
Switch to dynamic
Our RS5 came with the optional Dynamic Ride Control adjustable shocks, which not only firm things up at each corner, but joins the shocks into one system with oil lines running diagonally across the car to connect them to each other. There’s a control valve in between, which can send oil from one shock to another. This allows the system to reduce pitch and roll and make the RS5 feel lighter on its feet than its nearly 4,000-pound curb weight would suggest.
And then there’s the power. Having such a healthy low-end torque curve gives you tons of thrust over such a broad rev range that having an eight-speed automatic transmission seems superfluous. And 444 horsepower is good, always.
Dynamic Package including RS sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control, RS sport exhaust, red brake calipers ($3,250), Navigation Package including Audi MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi connect prime and plus (6 month trial), Audi virtual cockpit ($2,600), black optic package including 20” five-arm trapezoid design forged bi-color wheels, 275/30/20 summer performance tires, black optic exterior kit with quattro script, body color exterior mirror housings ($1,500), fine nappa leather package including fine nappa leather seats with honeycomb stitching, fine nappa leather covered center console and door armrests, LED interior lighting plus package ($1,500), Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound ($950). – autoweek.com
- POWERTRAIN: 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6, eight-speed automatic, AWD
- OUTPUT: 444 hp @ 5,700-6,700 rpm, 443 lb-ft @ 1,900-5,000 rpm
- CURB WEIGHT: 3,990 lb
- FUEL ECONOMY: 18/26/21 mpg