The 2021 Audi RS5 Sportback has 444 horsepower, 442 pound-feet of torque and will hit 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. It has Quattro all-wheel drive with a torque-vectoring rear differential, ceramic front brakes, adaptive dampers and a sport exhaust. Throw in a ton of tech, comfy accommodations and a liftback shape that's both fashionable and functional, and the RS5 positions itself as one hell of a go-fast all-rounder. So why don't I want one?
This car's biggest problem is that it desperately lacks drama. It's not enough for the RS5 Sportback to just be quick, fast or agile. It needs to be visceral. It needs to be exciting. It needs to make you laugh. You should want to drive it harder and harder, again and again. Audi absolutely nails this unquantifiable feeling with cars like the, and even the electric . The RS5, by comparison, is kind of sterile.
The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 has plenty of shove, but it's too quiet -- ditto the RS Sport Exhaust. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and seamlessly, but the small, steering wheel-mounted paddles offer no experiential draw. At least the RS5 is more fuel-efficient than other sporty compact luxury cars, returning 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. Normally I'd say good luck hitting those numbers given the RS5's performance stats, but since this car really doesn't eke you into driving it hard, those EPA numbers are pretty spot-on.
Electric cars really are for the masses these days, with great tech, ranges and a whole lot of style in many cases.
Audi wants to reinvent the sports car with the help of autonomous driving.
The gorgeous sedan will be joined by a Q6 E-Tron crossover next year, too.
This wild-looking machine is built for dominating the desert and doing it efficiently.
With 401 horsepower at its disposal, it's sure to be quite the pocket rocket.
It'll reach 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.
Play with the configurator to make your own E-Tron GT. Or, go buy one this summer.
This is one seriously nice shade of blue.