2014 AUDI RS 5 COUPE REMAINS THRILL TO DRIVE
By Tom Crosby
There are cars for commuting, cars for the family, work vehicles and cars that make you heart thump with joy when you drive, and sink when you park. The Audi RS 5 couple creates that type of addiction.
For anyone who loves a sport coupe, first time behind-the-wheel of the RS 5 sparks a new and immediate love affair. The straight-ahead steering bias, the rumble of the 19-inch tires gobbling the road underneath, and the previously contoured perfect seating posture, easily bring joy to a driver’s heart.
When the rpm needle jumps towards redline 8,250, the Audi RS 5’s oversized black exhaust pipes roar like a hungry lion unleashed on helpless prey as it accelerates down the highway.
This year a Cabriolet (convertible) was offered as a RS 5, as well as the coupe, our test drive.
Options included $500 for a beautiful Sepang Blue pearl paint job; $4,000 for the MMI Navigation plus package with upgraded Bang & Olufsen Sound System, rear view camera, parking assist, navigation with voice control and Audi connect with online services; a $2,500 black option package with summer tires on 20-inch Titanium finished Rotor-design wheels, and $1,000 for the large, growling dual black sport tailpipes.
With the huge optional black optic honeycomb front grill with two lower matching grilles on either side, the look matches the power – which can be had in seven-speed double clutch S tronic automatic transmission or using the steering wheel manual paddles.
Transmission shifts can be personalized for even more exhilaration. Audi’s iconic quattro (all-wheel) hugs curves like finding a lost loved one aiding precise handling in curves and quick highway maneuvers. The ride is firm, with just enough road feedback to match the sporty performance.
Interior space is adequate with enough rear room for adults on short trips. The interior is rich and luxurious, with Audi’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) knob on the front spine to access information and entertainment manually or by voice command.
Normally quiet inside, the roar when the mechanical beast is unleashed resonates in a driver’s soul. The speedometer tops out at 200 mph, the steering wheel is flat at the bottom for a unique steering wheel feel, and gauges are easy to read.
Visors are short and on long trips on sunny days, you wish they were adjustable – the only behind the wheel irritation. Mileage is average for the horsepower and safety ratings are expected to be well above average.
LIKES: Acceleration, looks, handling, ride
BOTTOM LINE: If you love sport cars, this one has it all
- Base price w/destination fee $70,495
- Curb weight 4,009 lbs.
- Wheelbase 108.3 inches
- Length 183 inches
- Width 73.2 inches
- Engine specs 4.2-liter, 8-cylinder, DOHC, FSI
- Horsepower 450 hp at 8,250 rpm
- Torque 316 lbs.-ft. at 4,000-6,000 rpm
- Transmission 7-speed automatic with S Tiptonic and manual shift option
- EPA Rating 16 city, 23 highway
- Range 16.1 gallons, premium fuel
- Performance 0-60 in less than 5 seconds