2019 Audi RS5
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Based on the sporty S5 coupe, the fully weaponized RS5 has even more firepower and meaner sheetmetal. Its extra-aggressive styling is front and center, with massive air intakes and wide fenders. While these visual pieces are standard, a carbon-fiber roof and three appearance packages provide personalization, as does an attention-grabbing Sonoma Green paint color.
Engines, Ride, and Handling
Under its sinewy clamshell hood sits a 444-hp twin-turbo V-6. That's six fewer horsepower than the outgoing V-8 model, but torque has increased dramatically from 317 lb-ft to 443. The output routes through Audi's rear-biased Quattro all-wheel-drive system via a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Behind the wheel, the meanest version of Audi's sports coupe is easy to control and enjoyable to exploit, with docile handling that is predictable in both wet and dry conditions. The real beauty is how supremely comfortable the RS5 rides over distances short or long. While rivals such as the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 demand more attention during spirited sessions, the Audi is involving and intoxicating nonetheless.
Interior and Technology
The RS5's interior mixes an array of rich materials and high-tech equipment. The standard front sport seats are supportive during cornering and comfy on road trips. Diamond stitching and a fully digital gauge cluster highlight the fancy options. Its fantastic driving position and excellent visibility—for a coupe, at least—are complemented by a back seat that will accommodate two adults of average height. While the infotainment system uses outdated software, it includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Audi also supplies a host of driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist.