Audi RS 5 Coupe

Editors' First Take

The Audi RS5 has a problem: It's boring. Yes, even with 444 horsepower, a sub-4-second 0-to-60 time, a torque-vectoring rear differential, ceramic brakes and more, the RS5 is just... meh. There's no drama, no excitement. It's sterile. Total weaksauce.

To remedy this, Audi engineered a new Competition package for the RS5 Coupe and RS5 Sportback, as well as the RS4 Avant sold abroad. The changes are actually quite extensive, and wow do they make a big difference. This is totally the RS5 Audi should've built all along.

Interestingly, Audi decided to leave the RS5's engine alone in the Competition upgrade. The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 makes the same 444 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque as before, which is fine, since power was never an issue. When you drive the RS5 in its Comfort and Auto settings, there's little in the way of discernible powertrain difference, but shift over to Dynamic or put the eight-speed automatic transmission in Sport, and the gearbox livens up with quicker shifts. You can even run each gear right up to redline in manual mode and the transmission won't force an upshift. Too bad the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters provide very little tactile satisfaction.

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