Words by Declan Glynn
Thanks to a wonderful blend of premium functionality, comfort and dynamic ability, the new Audi RS 5 Sportback is more than just a sporty car.
Striking RS design elements promise ultimate sportiness that you can transfer effortlessly onto the road with its powerful engine, and quattro all-wheel drive.
The forward thrust of the Audi RS 5 Sportback makes everything in the rear-view mirror appear smaller in an instant.
It develops exhilarating power under the bonnet with its 2.9-litre V6 TFSI twin-turbo engine (shared with the Porsche Panamera 4S, no less).
Thanks to an output of 450bhp, and a whopping 600 Nm of torque, you can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 3.9 seconds.
The standard limited top speed of 250 kmph can optionally be increased to 280 kmph.
Thanks to ‘Quattro’ permanent all-wheel-drive and a sportily-tuned eight-speed tiptronic transmission (with optimised gear changes), fast and self-assured sprints are guaranteed.
It is possible to tailor your own driving experience with the Audi ‘drive select’ dynamic handling system, enabling the driver to experience the standard ‘RS sport suspension’, which makes the RS 5 Sportback hug the road.
On the road is where the new Audi RS 5 Sportback stands head and shoulders above its competitors.
Thanks to the car’s standard twin-turbo system, the new petrol engine feels much more urgent low down the rev range that the previous V8-powered RS 5.
Under strong acceleration, the RS 5 Sportback’s four-wheel-drive system provides enough traction to whisk you off the starting line in a controlled and urgent fashion.
The RS-5 Sportback’s tiptronic (automatic) gearbox has eight well-chosen ratios, which does add greatly to the outstanding driving enjoyment of the car.
The gearbox is also smooth and amenable when the driver takes control manually, too.
My review car looked absolutely stunning in its striking Nardo Grey exterior colour, while ‘Fine Nappa’ black leather upholstery (with a honeycomb pattern) ensured that the interior of the car looked equally as desirable as the exterior.
Additionally, plenty of other RS-specific interior trim elements add a real sense of occasion to the mix.
The classy cabin and dashboard of the RS 5 Sportback are both exquisitely finished and super-intuitive to use.
Audi’s pitch-perfect execution of the new RS 5 Sportback is to be commended, with the car proving itself to be as close to perfection as you can get in this market segment.
The incredibly capable Audi RS 5 Sportback is priced from €114,050 (ex-delivery) and is on sale now.