2018 Audi RS5 Quattro Coupe AWD

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2018 Audi RS5 Quattro Coupe AWD. I’m in Arizona tooling along in an Audi coupe. There are some clues that this isn’t a regular A5. For example, there’s this perforated leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, the perforated leather on the shift knob.

There’s carbon fiber trim bits all around the cabin, some alcantara on the door liner, and these aggressively bolstered sports seats. The biggest clue that this is not a standard A5 comes when you put it in Dynamic and do this.

So BMW’s M cars and Mercedes-Benz AMG cars are relatively common sights at this point. RS cars are a little bit more mythic. There haven’t been as many of them sold in the US. They’re the track-tuned hardcore versions with big, powerful engines and big price tags.

For this generation of RS5, the V8 of old is gone, replaced by a twin turbo-charged 2.9-liter V6 engine that produces 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. This car does zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds, according to Audi, which makes it faster than both the M4 and the AMG C 63. Audi made a lot of changes to their three-liter V6, the engine that you see in the S5, for this RS5.

They switched from a single twin scroll turbo to a twin turbo setup. They reduced the compression ratio so that they could get more boost. This car makes about 21.5 PSI of boost at peak output. And that’s double what the base two-liter turbo engine makes.

The limiter is moved from 155 miles an hour to 174 miles an hour. You also get a back seat that an adult could sit in without chopping their legs off at the knees and a trunk that you can fit a couple suitcases in.

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