2018 Audi RS5 review: Big numbers, little fun

Introduction

Powered up Audi RS5 delivers absurd pace from its Porsche-derived engine, and is also wonderfully comfortable and complete with the classiest cabin in the class. It goes up against super-coupes like the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Body Style: 2 door Coupe Seats: 4  MRP from £63,575 

Did you know? The twin-turbo V6 in the RS5 is just 2.9-litres in capacity, the S5 below it has a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6

2017 Audi RS5

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 6.0 / 10

If Audi’s RS department is consistent in one thing it’s its inconsistency. It has the ability to create some sensational cars, and the on-paper promise of the RS5 looks promising. Lighter, more powerful, a sophisticated four-wheel drive system with standard Sports Differential, and pouting assertive looks wrapping up all that technology. Looks and fit and finish, are, as expected, exceptional. But to drive it’s just not thrilling enough compared to its two most obvious rivals in the shape of BMW’s M4 and Mercedes-AMG’s C63 coupes. Indeed, we’d struggle to justify spending the extra it commands over its S5 relation. 

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