Scintillating V8 engine; beautiful to behold; sticks like glue in corners; classy interior; technology aplenty
No manual transmission; top-shelf MMI system with Audi connect costs extra
The RS 5 coupe is joined by a convertible version: the RS 5 Cabriolet
We recommend the RS 5, period. If you have the means, you're not going to be disappointed.
The 2014 Audi RS 5 is offered as either a coupe or convertible (Cabriolet).
The RS 5 coupe ($70,495) comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inchers are optional), adaptive xenon headlights with LED accents, LED taillights, special "wide body" exterior panels, an automatic power rear spoiler, keyless entry/ignition, a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, 12-way sport front seats with driver memory, carbon-fiber interior trim, Bluetooth and iPod integration, the Multi-Media Interface system (MMI) with a dash-mounted control knob and a 10-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, an SD card reader and satellite radio.
The RS 5 Cabriolet ($78,495) features a power-operated soft-top that remains functional until the car exceeds 31 miles per hour. It also substitutes a fixed trunk-lid spoiler for the coupe's automatic spoiler.
Opting for MMI Navigation plus adds upgraded MMI software with navigation and a console-mounted joystick knob, Audi connect with online services, a rearview camera, SiriusXM Traffic with a 4-year subscription, a blind spot monitor and a 14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with HD radio. Both coupe and Cabriolet are eligible for neck-level heating vents built into the seat backs. Additional packages contribute niceties such as adaptive cruise control and Black Optic exterior trim.
With regard to the back seat, we've said it before of the A5 and S5, and we'll say it again: Only pint-sized humans will be happy back there for more than a few minutes. Trunk space, though, is respectable, measuring 12.4 cu ft in the coupe and about 10 cu ft in the Cabriolet.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/5,000 Miles|
BMW M3 -- The discontinued V8-powered M3 is the RS 5's true nemesis, but there's also a new M3 with a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder for those so inclined. We recommend driving both before deciding.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG -- The C63 coupe lacks the RS 5's heroically controlled handling, but it'll do power slides all day if that's your thing. Plus, the 6.2-liter AMG V8 makes beautiful noises of its own.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 -- We know it's a dark-horse candidate, but the ZL1's unique suspension gives it world-class handling, and there's something to be said for its supercharged 580 hp and look-at-me styling.