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Audi RS5 in the driving report: It should be a little more transverse

Audi RS5 in the driving report
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E it seems to be a bit devoid of meaning, the facelifted Audi RS5 To present, of all things, on a frozen lake. Its advantages, which are essentially based on minimally changed headlights, an updated infotainment and the new steering in a twelve-page press release, are also applauded.

In search of something tangible, the engine, which has been taken over unchanged, pushes in the foreground. Why? Well, in the S5, the eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine was already thrown out in favor of a supposedly more efficient V6 supercharged engine. The 4.2-liter unit, which was assembled by hand in Hungary, can remain in the Audi RS5 and continue to cheer uninhibitedly over 8,200 revolutions. But at least acoustically, it is rather restrained, despite two powerful tailpipes with which the Audi RS5 will surely win the Sunday show-and-shine competition on the Neckarsulm Lidl parking lot.

10.5 liters with the Audi RS5 seem utopian

It starts to crunch softly, and before the driver even thinks of shifting, the dual clutch transmission engages seventh gear to maintain the illusion of the greatest possible economy. Somewhere in the twelve-page jubilation it says that the 450 PS powerful Audi RS5 should be enough 10.5 L /100 km. But in the driving report this will remain just as illusory as in everyday use.

The so-called Drive Select program (it influences throttle response, steering, damping and the optional rear axle sport differential) is set to 'auto', the gear selector lever is parked in the manual alley. The spikes punctuate the ice over a large area, the V8 roars and the crown gear center differential gets all the gears busy to distribute power and torque (maximum 430 Newton meters). Normally the front axle gets 40 percent, 60 percent goes to the rear. If need be, up to 70 percent land at the front and a maximum of 85 percent at the rear - it works perfectly.

Snorting like an irritated cow every time you change gear, the 4.65 meter long Audi RS5 coupé rages on the first bend to. Briefly apply the brakes - the braking power with spikes is at least as impressive as the ability to accelerate - and thus easily disrupt the rear of the car, plus a decent throttle. The Audi RS5 stands sideways, remains wonderfully controllable due to its 2.75 meter wheelbase and casually drags on to the next bend.

Electromechanically controlled steering confused

Only the new, now electromechanically controlled steering seems a bit confused, which causes it to harden a little when changing direction quickly and then again The solution: Simply select the “Dynamic” characteristic in Individual mode, which gives the driver a constant level of precision and feedback. The 1.8-ton, two-door Audi RS5 waves over the ice, garnished by a baritone with a high percentage of lubricated baritone, as it is rarely heard in the turbo age.

Whose soundtrack of life is dominated by the classic bass of a 90-degree V8, the engine of the Audi RS5 should predominantly move in dynamic mode. Then the flaps in the exhaust are on draft right from the start and release low-frequency sound eruptions.

During the ride on the ice, the Audi RS5 imitates the light-footed athlete, which gives him an A sphalt - of course with the appropriate tires - no longer works that well. In terms of longitudinal dynamics, it crumbles all doubts with the force of its eight cylinders, making the factory specification of 4.5 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km /h appear extremely credible. Very helpful here: The lightning-fast shifting gearbox with narrow steps up to sixth gear, the seventh primarily has the effect of reducing engine speed. Top speed? On request, up to 280 km /h, which can be reliably destroyed by the revised eight-piston fixed-caliper brake system with weight-reduced discs.

Audi RS5 belongs to the vehicle category “super quick weapon”

And where is the problem then? Despite the minimal side inclination and the long, neutral self-steering behavior, the massive Audi RS5 does not fight its way through the curves with a one hundred percent sharpened blade like the eternal BMW M3 does. To do this, he gives in a little too hesitantly and owes the last bit of feedback.

Is that why the Audi RS5 is denied a place in the unofficial vehicle category “super-fast weapon”? There should be no reason for this even on a racetrack. Especially not on ice. The question of meaning asked at the beginning was already blown away with the snow fountains of the first drifts.


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