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Audi RS5: Buying guide and review (2010-2015)

Audi RS5: Buying guide and review (2010-2015) Classic and Performance Car
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The RS5 launched in 2010 was Audi’s answer to the top performance offerings from BMW’s M division and Mercedes AMG range. Featuring Quattro all-wheel drive it was the all-weather, tech-laden and extremely stylish. Fitted with all the usual RS styling cues it featured a number of advanced technological updates including a much improved four-wheel drive system, and new seven-speed S tronic transmission.
 
Dynamic Ride Control and RS specific suspension allied with a high-revving naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 ensured that dynamically the RS5 was not left short changed. But why should you get one over all the other capable offerings out there?  The RS5 may have been out for a while, but its combination of talents is hard to match, ensuring that it remains a desirable choice especially as a second hand buy.
 
Which one to buy?
 
As the halo model in the A5 range, the RS5 was initalliy launched in coupe form with a seven-speed S tronic transmission and 444bhp 4.2-litre V8. The convertible model was offered from 2012 on. 
 
Unlike the lesser models in the range, the RS5 did without forced induction to deliver the goods. It’s a torquey unit, happy to idle along however it does reward the enthusiastic driver with a great V8 soundtrack and an 8500rpm rev range. 
 
As a razor sharp driving tool the RS5 falls short in a number of key areas: It does not have the rear-wheel drive dynamics of an M3 or its incisive steering, however the RS5’s talents are arguably better suit to real world conditions. The four-wheel drive system gives the car serious grip through the corners, and with a sport diff and torque vectoring added to the mix the RS5 feels extremely composed in all conditions. All this technology can however make the RS5 a little remote when pressing on, but the added security of this setup more than makes up for this when road conditions aren’t ideal.
 
The ride can be hard and jiggly on anything less than perfectly smooth surfaces too, and you’ll probably want to keep the adaptive shock absorbers in their comfort setting for general driving. Carbon Ceramic brakes are an optional extra, as well as a desirable Sport Pack from 2012 onwards, which included 20-inch alloys and a sports exhaust system among other changes.
 
Despite a number of fuel savings measures, driven hard the combination of a near two-ton curb weight and big V8 will have you tapping the fuel gauge like a Cessna pilot wondering if you have sprung a leak. 
 
The interior is well built and comes packed with standard equipment, the sports seats are particularly supportive. Some of the more notable options to look out for are keyless go, the B&O sound system and the technology pack, which includes a sat-nav, cruise control and USB connectivity. Some owners have been unimpressed with the dynamic steering option, citing unreliable feedback. Many second hand cars come packed with optional extras so a decent saving can be had over speccing up a new car by going for a nearly new RS5.
 
Performance and specs
 
Audi RS5 Coupe
Engine 4163cc 32valve DOHC V8 
Power 444bhp @ 8250rpm 
Torque 317lb ft @ 4000-6000rpm
Top speed 155mph (limited)
0-62mph 4.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 26.2mpg 
Gearbox Seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2751mm
Length 4649mm
Width 1860mm
Height 1366mm
Curb weight 1725kg
 
Common problems
 
The RS5 is still in production and all parts and spares are readily available, being and most cars will have a main dealer service history, with many early models slipping out into specilist hands.

• Reliability has so far been a strong point, and there have been very few recurring faults experienced by owners. Regular servicing is a must, as with any high performance car. With so much choice on the second hand market, if there are gaps in the service record, just walk away.

• Some owners have complained of intermittent electrical gremlins, most have been resolved by Audi but it is worth checking up the maintenance history if the car you are looking at has been troublesome in this respect.

• The ride can be hard on the standard 19-inch alloys which is only exacerbated by the fitment of the optional 20-inch items. Check for the usual alloy damage that can so easily occur with such low profile tyres.

• Brakes are generally up to the task of hauling in the heavy RS5, but optional carbon ceramic discs were available. These are far more expensive if replacement is required.
 
Model history
 
2010: RS5 launched in coupe body style with 444bhp 4.2-litre V8 and seven-speed S tronic gearbox
2012: Facelift carried out on A5 range, including RS5 models. This included minor changes to front and rear light units as well as modified grilles. RS5 convertible launched with soft top. Running gear unchanged from coupe. Steering racks changed from hydraulic to electromechanical setup
2015: RS5 discontinued in both Coupe and Convertible forms
 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.audi.co.uk
• www.audisrs.com – Audi RS forum
• www.audiownersclub.co.uk 
• www.unit20.org – Audi specialists
 
Summary and prices
 
Audi quietly announced that RS5 production ended in 2015, with a new RS5 expected in 2017. Nearly new models can provide between a £5000 and £10,000 saving over the coupe’s original list price of £60,000. Run-out models also tend to come with a decent list of optional extras. 
 
The early 2010 coupes start at around £28,000 rising to around £40,000 for a well-specced 2013 model. Convertibles were available from 2012 on and generally carry a £10,000 premium over the coupe. 
 
The RS5 was one of the last naturally aspirated offerings in its segment, and the V8 remains a characterful engine today. With four-wheel drive, a spacious interior it’s a great long-distance companion, irrespective of road conditions, and a mature alternative to some of the more compromised sporting coupes out there.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 24th Jan 2016
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