2013 Audi RS5

Posted on 1 March, 2012

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Audi, First Drives, Luxury

Tweaked RS5 On Ice Is More Thirst Quenching Than Before

We’ve admittedly had our share of issues with the approach Audi takes with its RS cars. In theory, “RS” represents the German tradition of heavy-breathing RennSport driving – essentially for cars that can really race. What we have found most often, however, is that the RS more readily approximates a branding exercise that comes sort of close to smacking us upside the head with thrills, but falls short in key ways – especially when Audi has brought us to a track, eagerly awaiting our feedback.

RS models tend to weigh a lot, and the company’s Quattro obsession can harm handling while cornering – and it costs a pretty pickle or two to boot. The RS model that finally got us closest to Renn Sportiness was the TT RS (a car that’s finally hitting the U.S., having already been savaging European roads since 2009). Then we waited until Spring 2010 and the RS5 that promised us things – wonderful things. The A5 upon which it is based was possessed of the near-perfect rear-biased sports coupe proportions, and the S5 it spawned was a pretty solid piece of work, too, so we were excited to drive it.

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