Audi's new RS5 Coupe is a wonderful grand tourer. Fast, pretty, luxurious and techy, it's the sort of car I could easily and happily live with every single day.
But while the RS5 may earn straight-As in its core subjects, it won't be turning in any extra driving-enthusiast credit. Across-the-board impressive as it might be, Audi's mean, green performance machine feels a bit too buttoned-up for its own good.
Audi's 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is a fantastic piece of work. Output is more than ample, the RS5 Coupe loaded with 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, all of which is available across a broad range in each gear. And with a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and the surefooted power delivery of Quattro all-wheel drive, the RS5 can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in a scant 3.7 seconds, just barely inching out its BMW M4 and rivals.
The Good A potent 2.9-liter biturbo V6 delivers incredible punch, and inside you'll find top-notch luxury and Audi's fantastic Virtual Cockpit tech.
The Bad With 444 horsepower, the RS5 has plenty of bark, but its on-road demeanor could use a bit more bite.
The Bottom Line The RS5 Coupe is a formidable grand tourer, and one heck of a daily driver. But as a full-fledged RS model, it's not quite as unhinged as expected.
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