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AUDI RS 5 SPORTBACK

RS 5 TFSI Quattro Carbon Black 5dr Tiptronic [C+S]

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Technical Data

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Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions222.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Driver Convenience

  • 360 degree camera
  • Advanced key with electric hands free boot opening system
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi side assist
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit with RS specific design and 12.3" display
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • Email, calendar and text messages displayed via MMI
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map
  • RS Audi drive select
  • RS drive modes on steering wheel
  • Service interval indicator
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Bang + Olufsen 3D sound system
  • DAB digital radio reception

Exterior Features

  • Audi Beam uses LEDs to project the Audi logo
  • Audi matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators
  • Audi rings and lettering glossy black
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • Exterior mirror housing in high gloss black
  • High beam assistant
  • Larger singleframe grill
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Privacy glass with rear acoustic glazing
  • Rain and light sensors
  • RS bumper with quattro lettering
  • RS5 badges on grille, the front wing panels and rear
  • RS5 dual branch chrome tailpipes with left and right oval pipes
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 2 x USB charging port with aux input socket
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with RS badging
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 seater rear bench seat
  • Aluminium shift paddles
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated door sill trims with RS5 logo
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Leather door armrests and knee pad
  • Pneumatic massage function
  • Rear head restraints
  • RS Specific perforated leather gear lever knob with contrast stitching
  • RS Super Sports seats with contrast honeycomb stitching
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Carbon black styling pack - RS5
  • Extended LED Interior multi-coloured lighting pack - A5/RS5

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill hold assist
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • RS Model enhanced braking system
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm system
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote control key with RS emblem

Technical

  • Quattro sports differential

Trim

  • Carbon twill inlays

Wheels

  • 20" 5 Segment spoke Evo style design audi sport alloy wheels in glossy black
  • Tyre repair kit

Driver Convenience

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Passive Safety

Trim

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    209
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    222
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    224
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    222

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2894
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    84.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    86
  • Engine Code
    F5FRXAWB7
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    32
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    9.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    28.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.9
  • Badge Power
    450
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI Quattro
  • Coin Series
    RS 5 Carbon Blk[C+S]
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    47E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    9000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    3.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    450
  • Engine Power - KW
    331
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5700
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    443
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    61.2
  • Engine Torque - NM
    600
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 SEGMENT EVO SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height (including roof rails)
    1387
  • Length
    4783
  • Wheelbase
    2826
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2029

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    58
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2320
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1280
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    465
  • Max. Loading Weight
    585
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1735
  • No. of Seats
    5

Audi's improved RS 5 Sportback five-door coupe targets BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 buyers. Jonathan Crouch checks out what's on offer.

Background

If you know your fast Audis, you're probably familiar with the RS 5 model - as a Coupe. Here though, the Ingolstadt brand's 'Audi Sport' division has taken that model's potent twin turbo V6 and installed it into the company's Sportback five-door coupe body shape for a bit of added practicality. It targets similarly-performing mid-sized models like the Mercedes-AMG C 63 but brings a key advantage - Audi's quattro 4WD system which is mated to a stiff, light MLB platform. Plus buyers get a standard rear Sport differential to help get the torque to the tarmac through the turns. This car was first launched in 2018, then lightly revised to create the car we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

Not a lot prepares you for just how quick this car really is. To be specific, rest to 62mph here occupies just 3.9s, which is a fraction quicker than you'll go in what is arguably this model's closest rival, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate. As usual with fast Audis, the maximum speed is rather pointlessly capped at 155mph, though in this case, you can pay Ingolstadt an obscene amount of money to get the restrictor lifted, in which case your RS 5 Sportback will top out at 174mph. The creamy, rather digitalised engine soundtrack you get as the revs rise from the 450PS 2.9-litre V6 isn't a match for Audi's old 4.2-litre V8. After a while though, you rather warm to the way that this Porsche-developed powerplant snarls purposefully on up-shifts and lets out little pops and bangs as you snick the steering wheel paddle shifters down through the closely-stacked ratios of the 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox. This RS 5 certainly tackles the turns effectively. Part of that is down to the re-developed quattro system which usually directs 60% of torque to the back wheels but, if conditions demand, can send up to 85% of power to the back or, if necessary, as much as 70% to the front. The set-up's been designed to work with a torque vectoring system that applies minimal brake interventions to the wheels on the inside of any given curve before they start to spin, maximising traction and making handling more precise, agile and stable. Also playing its part here is the standard-fit 'sport differential' which at speed through tight corners can constantly vary the amount of torque distributed to each of the rear wheels.

Design and Build

The exterior design of this RS 5 Sportback is a blend of elegant curves and taut, athletic surfaces. The longer wheelbase, short overhangs and long, wraparound bonnet with power dome all help to signal intent, as do the characteristically powerful shoulder line and the quattro blisters in the flanks which emphasize the strong bulges over the extended wheel arches. At the front, the car features a wide, flat single-frame grille, solid air intakes with a honeycomb structure typical of an RS, gloss black design elements and a front spoiler with matte aluminium quattro lettering. At the rear an RS-specific diffuser insert, RS exhaust system with oval tailpipes and fixed spoiler lip further distance the car from its A5 series siblings. Inside, you get RS sport seats in Fine Nappa leather with honeycomb stitching, a flat-bottomed RS multifunction sports leather steering wheel and a special RS information display in the standard Audi virtual cockpit providing information on tyre pressure, torque and G forces. The cabin provides space for five people, and the square-shaped profile of the luggage bay with its useful width of exactly one metre allows passengers to make the most of the 480-litre luggage capacity. Folding down the rear seats with their 40:20:40 split ratio increases that to 1,300-litres.

Market and Model

You'll need around £68,000 for the RS 5 Sportback, the same amount that's necessary for the alternative two-door Coupe variant. This Sportback model is offered in three levels of trim, the standard variant, the mid-range 'Carbon Black' model and the top 'Vorsprung' derivative. Even the base version gets large 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, high gloss black exterior elements and an Audi Sport exhaust system to amplify the engine's soundtrack. Inside, you get Fine Nappa leather and Alcantara combination upholstery with contrast diamond stitching for the RS super sports seats, plus Piano Black inlays. In addition, there's all-LED lighting and the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument display screen with RS-specific displays. You also get driver safety elements including the Audi side assist blindspot monitoring system, Audi hill hold assist and the parking system plus. Plus a comprehensive range of infotainment choices is sure to keep everyone on board entertained. The optional 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch' infotainment system includes the hardware module 'Audi connect', which connects the car to the internet via LTE. Thanks to the Audi connect SIM, which is permanently installed in the car, the flat rate data package for the connect services including Europe-wide roaming is free of charge for three years. The Audi smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu. Control is easy and intuitive, thanks to natural language voice control, free text search and the multifunction steering wheel. The touchpad in the centre console is used to zoom, scroll and enter characters. Further high-end technologies, such as the head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency.

Cost of Ownership

This RS 5 won't be quite as costly to run as you might expect a 450PS performance hatch to be. This is thanks to a 17% improvement in running costs compared to the previous V8-engined model. What about the WLTP figures? Well expect up to 29.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 215g/km of CO2, which isn't at all bad for a performance five-door model with this level of performance. Apparently, the 'B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection' engineering approach used with this car's 2.9-litre biturbo engine represents a super-high level of efficiency among the RS models. The shortened compression stroke employed here enables an engine process with a significantly higher geometric compression ratio. Combined with a power stroke that, while normal, is longer relative to the compression stroke, so allowing for more efficient combustion and increased engine efficiency. Another factor in the surprising efficiency of this RS 5 is its relatively low weight. On to the warranty. All contenders in this class get three years of cover but whereas you won't get your mileage limited in this period if you opt for something made by BMW or Mercedes, Audi rather meanly restricts you to 60,000 miles. Optional extra-cost warranty packages can extend the cover to either four years and 75,000 miles or five years and 90,000 miles.

Summary

Would this car sound better with Audi's old 4.2-litre V8? Probably. But there's little doubt that the V6 Porsche powerplant used - though less aurally emotive - has more real world punch. Which seems appropriate in such a resolutely real world performance car. Is it perfect? No of course it isn't. But what other high-performance four-wheel drive mid-sized hatch of this sort is there to challenge this one? The closest thing the market has to offer, a rear-driven Mercedes-AMG C 63 wagon, wouldn't give you the all-round grip and really needs a dry racetrack and a licence to burn rubber if it's to appeal over an RS 5 Sportback. As for a high performance SUV, forget it: you'd be all over the place just trying to keep this Audi in sight. Drive it and you'll experience a slightly guilty thrill as if something this much fun really couldn't be legal. One day cars like this might well be legislated out of existence. In the meantime, enjoy this one while you can.

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