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 2015 RS 5 receives only minor tweaks to its optional equipment.
We recommend the RS 5, period. If you have the means, you're not going to be disappointed. Find an Audi RS 5 for sale
The 2015 Audi RS 5 is offered as either a coupe or convertible (Cabriolet).
The RS 5 coupe ($71,825) 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, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, 12-way sport front seats with driver memory, Nappa leather upholstery, carbon-fiber interior trim, Bluetooth phone and iPod integration, the Multi Media Interface system (MMI) with a dash-mounted control knob and a 14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The RS 5 Cabriolet ($80,125) 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 the Technology package adds upgraded MMI software with navigation and a console-mounted joystick knob, Audi connect with online services, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a blind spot monitoring system, Bluetooth audio and HD Radio. The Cabriolet is eligible for a Comfort package that adds different seats with neck-level heating vents built into the seatbacks (the coupe can be equipped with the same seats minus the neck heaters). Additional packages contribute niceties such as adaptive cruise control, variable-ratio steering and Black Optic exterior trim. A sport exhaust system is a stand-alone option, as are ceramic front brakes.
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. The rear seatbacks also fold flat in both models to expand cargo capacity.
|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|
2015 BMW M4 -- The coupe version of the M3 is now known as the M4. It's equipped with a twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine and some pretty mean styling.
2015 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.
2015 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 V8 and look-at-me styling.
Used BMW M3 Coupe -- We're talking about the previous-generation model here, the one with the high-revving 4.0-liter V8. It's at least as capable as the RS 5, and you can get a certified pre-owned example for tens of thousands less.