The new RS 5 introduces a less extrovert, more chiselled and quietly muscular aesthetic that RS-badged Audis of late have been moving toward. The subtly updated yet thoroughly modern new A5 wears the muscle well, and it’s got the numbers to back it up.
Inside, the tried and tested sprinkling of RS garnish sits nicely in the new cabin. A flat-bottomed alcantara wheel, red stitching, carbon accents, RS badging, more purposeful seating, and an RS-specific configuration of the ‘virtual cockpit’ reminds you you’re in something special before you fire it up.
A new 2.9-litre biturbo TFSI engine sits out front, in place of the old V8, sending 440bhp/442 lb ft to the staple Quattro AWD system via an eight-speed auto ‘box. This gets the 1,655kg RS 5 to 62mph in a brisk 3.9 seconds, before hitting the standard 155mph buffers, which can be upped to 174mph at an additional cost.