What the critics say
The 2018 Audi RS5
The Detroit News
“The 2018 Audi RS5 is what happens when a German luxury brand decides to build a muscle car.” Fully redesigned for 2018, Audi’s “suave, sophisticated” sports coupe makes American pony cars look “crude and rude” by comparison. It’s also “blisteringly fast”—faster than rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz—with a top speed of 174 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds.
The new engine, a turbocharged V-6, produces the same 444 hp as its V-8 predecessor, but because it gains 125 lb.-ft. of torque, it “packs an intense punch.” It’s a more soft-spoken engine, but the trade-off is fair: The RS5 is now lighter, nimbler, and more fuel efficient, averaging 27 mpg on the highway. Besides, purchasers can choose the optional sport exhaust, which adds a “satisfying off-throttle crackle.”
“The engineers might have gone a bit crazy with the suspension.” Anywhere but on a track, Dynamic mode produces a “back-bludgeoning” ride, and even in Comfort mode, the RS5 is “a little rough and stiff, especially for something from a luxury brand.” But look elsewhere if you want a cozy grand touring coupe. “Brilliant but brutal,” the RS5 is “much more of a luxury sports coupe set on attack.” ■