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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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    1 PREVIOUS OWNER, FULL AUDI SERVICE HISTORY, JUST BEEN SERVICED AT AUDI, 2 KEYS, SPECIAL ORDER SUZUKA GREY COLOUR, AUDI EXCLUSIVE LEATHER ELECTRIC SEATS, HEATED SEATS, PANORAMIC SUNROOF, BANG AND OULFSEN SOUND SYSTEM, SPORTS EXHAUST, ADAPTIVE CHASSIS, SAT NAV, KEYLESS STAT, 20" ROTAR ALLOYS, Audi MMI Multi Media Interface, Xenon Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, Bluetooth Phone Prep, DAB Radio, Audi AMI IPOD Connection & Jukebox, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Lights, Auto Wipers, Auto Dim Rear View Mirror, Dual Climate ControL, Multifunction Steering Wheel With Paddle Shift Gears, Electric Heated Wing Mirrors With Powerfold, Rear Privacy Glass, LOVELY EXAMPLE.

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    2011 / 11 REG + FULL SERVICE HISTORY, LAST SERVICE 70K AT AUDI, 2 KEYS, HEATED SEATS, PANORAMIC SUNROOF, BANG AND OULFSEN SOUND SYSTEM, SPORTS EXHAUST, ADAPTIVE CHASSIS, SAT NAV, KEYLESS STAT, 20" ROTAR ALLOYS, Audi MMI Multi Media Interface, Xenon Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, Bluetooth Phone Prep, DAB Radio, Audi AMI IPOD Connection & Jukebox, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Lights, Auto Wipers, Auto Dim Rear View Mirror, Dual Climate ControL, Multifunction Steering Wheel With Paddle Shift Gears, Electric Heated Wing Mirrors With Powerfold, Rear Privacy Glass, LOVELY EXAMPLE.

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    4x4 FINANCE PACKAGES AVAILABLE- We offer this Audi RS5 Coupe in Fantastic Condition throughout and with a Full Audi Service history. Stunning Colour Scheme! Here at Auto-Sportiva we are an AA Approved Garage so Buy with Confidence. Ask about our Extendable AA Warranties. Spec Includes- Full Black Leather Interior, Technology Package-High, Satellite Navigation, 20'' Inch Titanium Look Rotor Alloy Wheels, Black Styling Package, Bi-Xenon Headlights, CD Changer, Voice Control, Mobile Telphone Preperation with Bluetooth Interface, DAB Radio, Heated + Electric Seats, Piano Black Interior Trim, Privacy Glass, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, PaddleShift Gearbox, Dual Climate Control, I Pod Connection, Cruise Control, Next MOT due 10/02/2018, Last serviced on 17/10/2016 at 64,410 miles, Standard Features - Deluxe 3 - Zone Climate Control, Electric Front Windows, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Audi Concert Audio System - Single CD with MP3 Compatibility - Colour Screen - SD Memory - Card Reader and AUX - IN Socket, Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Automatic Windscreen Wiper Operation, Airbags, Power steering. 4 seats, Ibis White, WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND CALLING OUR SALES TEAM PRIOR TO VIEWING ONE OF OUR VEHICLES TO AVOID ANY DISAPPOINTMENT IF SOLD - FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT - www.auto-sportiva.com. Vehicles Supplied fully inspected, Valeted and with a Comprehensive Warranty and Clear HPI report so Buy with Confidence. Extendable AA Warranties are availabl

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    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Trip Computer, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Push Button Start, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, ABS, CD Player, Multi-Disc CD Player, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Radio, Colour Coded Body, Auto Lighting, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, Power Hood, Front Centre Armrest, Electric Seats, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Sports Seats, Folding Rear Seats, Rear Headrests, Auxiliary Input, Audi Music Interface, Finance Available, Part Exchange Available, Supplied with Warranty, iPod Connectivity, 4x4 AZ Autos a proud to present the stunning Audi RS5 Cabriolet 4.2 FSI Quattro V8 S in Pearl effect Sepang Blue. The only RS car with the cabriolet option, the RS5 stuns with its sheer presence and beauty. The most powerful variant of the RS5 line, the animalistic 4.2L V8 blasts out a whopping 444BHP as opposed to the humble 375bhp of its lesser V6 counterpart. The real treat though is the drive coupled with the amazing roar of the V8, this vehicle will go from 0-60 in just 4.9s and reaches a limited top speed of 155mph, with phenomenal grip and handling thanks to Audi's Quattro system. This vehicle has an endless list of specification including camera, satnav, memory seats, Bluetooth to name a few with the optional extras such as bigger alloys, Bang&Olufsen system and the sports pack upgrade Our RS5 has benefited from a full Audi service and is near enough immaculate in condition. With only a handful of RS5 cabriolets on the market the vehicle is due to be popular and most likely wont be with us very long. This vehicle is the ultimate blend of Power, Performance, Beauty and refinement.You can also reserve this car for 48 hours with a £150 refundable deposit. Good Credit, Poor Credit, No Credit? We work with lenders to get you the best rates. Click to our website and apply for finance with a decision within 60 seconds. Only RAC Approved Dealers offer RAC BuySure; a guarantee that all of our vehicles have been prepared to the RAC 82 point Approved Preparation Standard and c

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    Audi RS5 4.2 FSI V8 Quattro Coupe 450PS S Tronic 7 Speed Automatic registered January 2015 finished in Panther Black Crystal Effect with Full Black Leather interior with Rock Grey Stitching and Piping and Carbon Fibre trim, Reversing Camera, Park Distance Control with Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Keyless Entry and Go, 20 Inch Audi Sport Cast Aluminium 5-Arm Rotor Design Matt Black Alloys with Red Callipers, Electric Glass Sunroof, Bang and Olufsen Audio, Electric Heated Front Sports Seats with Lumbar Support, Sports Suspension with Variable Shock Absorption, Drive Select, Powerfold Heated Electric Door Mirrors in Dulled Aluminium, Satellite Navigation with DVD Player, Cruise Control, Bi-Functional Headlamps with Gas Discharge Lamp and Automatic Headlight Range Adjustment and Dynamic Cornering Lights, Sound Package 1, Bluetooth Media, Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel, DAB Radio, Privacy Glass, Voice Control, HDD Juskebox, Electronic Parking Brake, Floor Mats, Adjustable Rear Spoiler, Full Audi Service History on 08/12/15 at 6,875. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Pa

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    Audi RS5 presented in Misano Red comes with a full Audi history, 1 Owner (plus Demo) and the following specification; Fine Nappa leather, electric heated sports seats with memory, multi-function flat bottom steering wheel, dual zone climate control, satellite navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, DAB radio, Bang Olufsen sound, cruise control, automatic Xenon headlights, rain sensor, power fold exterior mirrors, automatic dimming mirrors, front and rear park assist and 19" alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Coupe Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 42,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2013 (62) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 4.2 Finished in: Misano Red

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    Audi RS5 4.2 V8 FSI Quattro Automatic with Paddleshift registered December 2011 finished in Phantom Black Pearl with Full Black Leather and Carbon Fibre interior, Milltek Exhaust, 20 Inch Gloss Black Alloys with Split Rims, Spacers and Black Calipers, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Electric Door Mirrors, Electric Heated Front Sports Seats, Audi Drive Select, DAB Radio, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Phone and Audio, HDD Music Jukebox, AMI iPod Connect, Carbon Fibre Wrapped Exterior Trim, Door Mirrors and Spoiler, Milltek Exhaust, 20 Inch Gloss Black Alloys with Split Rims, Spacers and Black Calipers, Xenon Headlamps with Washers, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Full Audi Service History at Whetstone at 5,526 on 31/01/13; 9,360 on 24/02/14 and 19,524 on 28/04/15 and Southampton at 25,530 on 07/03/16. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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  • Audi RS5 4.2L V8 FSI Quattro

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    Audi RS5 4.2L V8 FSI Quattro S Tronic with Paddleshift registered March 2011 finished in Phantom Black Metallic, Full Silk Nappa Leather Interior with RS Embossed Sports Seats, 19 Inch 5 Spoke Aero Design Black Alloys, Electric Heated Front Seats with Lumbar Support, Adaptive Xenon Headlamps with Washers, Keyless Entry and Go, Audi Parking System Plus with Front and Rear Sensors, DRLs, Audi Satellite Navigation, Bang and Olufsen 13 Speaker System, Carbon Fibre and Aluminium Interior Trim, Audi Concert Radio with MP3 and DAB, SD Slot, AUX and USB, 3 Zone Auto Dynamic Climate Control, Leather RS Multi Function Steering Wheel, iPod Connect, Electromechanical Parking Brake, Audi Voice Command System, Bluetooth Connectivity, Auto Lights and Wiper Sensors, Anti Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Electric Front Windows, Electric Heated Folding Door Mirrors, Cruise Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Tyre Pressure Monitor, ESP and Traction Control, Interior Light Package, ISO Fix, Electric Spoiler, Factory Alarm and Immobiliser, Tracker, Sports Exhaust, Full Audi Service History. Finance available on request including lease purchase with balloon - subject to status. Part Exchange welcome.

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  • Audi RS5 FSI Quattro

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    Audi RS5 4.2 FSI Quattro S Tronic registered October 2012 finished in Scuba Blue with Full Black Nappa Leather and Alcantara RS Embossed Sports Seats with Grey Contrast Stitching, Electric and Heated with Lumbar Support, Audi Exclusive Alcantara Inserts, Door Cards with Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, Advanced Key with Push Button Start, 20 Inch 5 Spoke Aero Alloys with Black RS Brake Calipers, Parking System Plus Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Reversing Camera, Xenon Headlamps with Washers and LED DRLs, Adaptive Cruise Control, Electric Heated Foldable Door Mirrors, Black Alcantara RS Multifunction Steering Wheel with Paddleshift, Audi Drive Select, Bang & Olufsen Speaker System, Audi Concert MMI System with HDD Colour Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Phone and Audio Connectivity, HDD MP3 Jukebox, DVD/CD/MP3 Player, DAB Radio, Deluxe Tri Zone Automatic Climate Control, Tilt and Slide Sunroof, Electric Parking Brake with Auto Function, Adjustable Rear Spoiler, ISO FIX, Tracker Fitted, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Electric Windows, Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Colour Drivers Information System, Anti Dazzle, Full Audi Service History at Wakefield on 29/

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    Features : 1st Main, AUDI BAUER, manufacturer warranty 09/2014 Comment : Opening glass roof, reverse camera, audio interface iPod, iPhone, bluetooth, dynamic drive, comfort seats, Bang & Olufsen stereo system.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 11498 mi
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    Features : 1st Main, Complete Book, Audi Bauer ... Comment : Sunroof, Carbon Finish, Pack Alu outside, Bang & Olufsen stereo system, parking sensors and rearview camera, DSG Gearbox, Alloy 20, Dynamic Suspension, Key less Go, has electric memory seats, Sport exhaust ...

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 7147 mi
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  • Audi RS5

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