Being an Audi, you can also expect an immaculately finished interior too.
Leather RS sports seats, multifunction steering wheel, and Audi’s excellent customisable Virtual Cockpit are standard, as are the usual array of driver aids. You also get a touchscreen satnav, head-up display, and full smartphone connectivity without having to resort to the options list.
Let’s not kid ourselves though. Company bosses would be well served keeping an eye on the staff car park. If anyone rolls up on a Monday morning behind the wheel of an Audi RS 5 ignore the air of respectability and start checking the boardroom chairs for joke items.
- 2.9-litre V6 boosts power and economy
- 450bhp for 0-60mph under 4secs and 155mph top speed
- 32mpg and 197g/km makes it attainable for more company car drivers
- Audi Virtual Cockpit with RS specific display
- Deliveries start in summer
IF the popularity of Fawlty Towers and Benny Hill are any indication then the German sense of fun is very much in tune with our own. Take a peek at the new Audi RS 5 Coupe and you’ll agree.
They may be all focused efficiency on the outside but underneath there’s still a big kid just itching to put a whoopee cushion on the teacher’s chair.
From the outside it’s brilliantly engineered, beautifully designed, and perfectly suited for life as an executive car. In other words it’s typically German, but peel away the veneer of respectability and you’ll find a huge lump of unbridled lunacy that’s a bit silly but guaranteed to leave you grinning like an idiot.
Yes, we know it’s a slightly tenuous link but hopefully you get the point.
The heart of this Teutonic tearaway is a newly developed 2.9-litre V6, with a couple of turbos bolted on for good measure, that produces a whopping 450bhp. Standstill to 60mph takes less than four seconds and the new RS 5 boasts a top speed of 155mph, limited of course.
If you feel so inclined, and you can handle the inevitable increase in your company car tax rate, you can opt for the dynamic pack which upgrades the top speed to 174mph. If you do follow this path it’s probably worth adding the uprated RS suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes, and the RS-tuned Dynamic steering as well.
Oh, and the carbon roof will improve weight distribution and handling so be sure to tick that box too. Better safe than sorry as they say, which is probably why the Quattro all-wheel drive system and eight-speed tiptronic transmission are standard.
While a total lack of self control will obviously increase the price tag beyond the stated £62,900 it isn’t really necessary. There should be more than enough performance for most of us without having to resort to the options list. Not only that, it could mess with one of the main reasons why the RS 5 is really worth considering.
Audi has been busy tuning the new engine so despite the above-average performance you get in the RS 5 the running costs are more than bearable for a large swathe of the company car driving public.
A drastic weight saving operation has ensured that V6 engine is still capable of returning a healthy 32mpg whilst reducing emissions to just 197g/km. That’s a 17% reduction on the previous model and a remarkable feat for such a powerful car.
Obviously you’re not going to attack every journey with the full force of Audi’s arsenal but it’s always nice to know it’s there if you need it. For the majority of the time you will be more interested in comfort and convenience, as are we all.
The RS 5 sits towards the top end of the Audi family tree and it has the looks and interior to reflect its status. It’s a very sleek and elegant car in standard form but the additional RS touches around the intakes, exhausts, grille and wheel arches add a bit of muscle to match the power.