Super fast and unique car that will make you fill like 007 agent. under full factory warranty. Loaded with all the options. Come check it in person. Here are the headline numbers: 444 horsepower, 443 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed—if you order the optional Dynamic Plus package—of 174 mph. All that, and room for the kids and their stuff.
Built on VW Group's MLB Evo hardware, the RS 5 Sportback is identical to its two-door sibling from the B-pillar forward. However, wheelbase and overall length have grown 2.3 inches to accommodate the rear doors, and the roof is 1.1 inches taller to improve passenger headroom. The extra doors and the large rear hatch mean the Sportback weighs 89 pounds more than the Coupe, which Audi says accounts for it being a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph.The RS 5's twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6—and Audi makes it very clear this engine, also used in Porsche's Panamera, was developed entirely in-house—delivers a creamy surge of thrust, accompanied by a woofly baritone exhaust rumble when you nail the gas. It's one of the nicest V-6s in the business, though with peak power arriving at a relatively modest 5,700 rpm, it lacks the thrilling top-end zing of the 4.2-liter V-8 that powered previous-generation RS 4/5 cars. But whereas the V-8 developed 317 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm, the V-6 makes its maximum 443 lb-ft available from just 1,900 rpm. It's a torque monster, and rapid progress is most effortlessly achieved by short shifting before the digital tach starts flashing red to warn of the approaching rev limit.Or you can leave the eight-speed ZF transmission to its own devices. That the engine's torque curve is flatter than Kansas from 1,900 rpm to 5,000 rpm gives it a lot to work with; there's always a response when you get on the throttle. In the normal drive mode—what Audi confusingly calls Auto—the transmission glides through the ratios before settling in the highest, most efficient gear and letting the torque do the work. But in Dynamic mode it neatly downshifts right where you want it on corner entry, the engine matching revs on the way through, and will coolly hold gear when you lift off the gas. You'd still be quicker down a canyon road fanning the paddles, shifting yourself. But not by much.
The RS 5 Sportback rides 0.3 inch lower than the regular S5 Sportback. The standard wheel/tire combination is 19-inch forged alloys with 265/35 summer tires, but our U.S. spec tester was fully loaded, fitted with 20-inch wheels and 275/35 tires, and the Dynamic Plus Pack. That adds monster 15.7-inch carbon ceramic brakes and gray painted calipers up front, in addition to Dynamic Ride Control, which uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable shocks connected diagonally via oil lines running through a central valve to reduce diagonal pitching and roll through corners. Oh, and the Dynamic Plus Pack also includes a tweak to the engine management system that lifts Vmax from 155 mph to 174 mph.
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