Worthy Of The RS Badge?
HWM Singapore|May 2020
Audi RS5 Sportback
Kenny Yeo

If looks are entirely subjective, but tell me that it doesn’t at least look exciting? You’d move over if you saw it closing in on your rearview mirror. It also looks the business in If you bought cars based solely on looks and the numbers that appear on the spec sheet, the Audi RS5 would probably be one of the easiest decisions you’d ever make. I concede that Sonoma Green, which is exclusive to the RS5.

Audi makes the RS5 in coupe and Sportback variants, but only the latter is currently available in Singapore. There’s no difference in on-paper performance, but the Sportback is arguably more practical because of its additional pair of doors. The extra doors also help it look more balanced from the side too.

On paper, the RS5 Sportback is a specs beast. The engine might be smaller than its predecessors, but it’s claimed to be more powerful and efficient. It has a 2.9-litre V6, which sounds pitiable considering the old RS5 had a great big 4.2-litre V8. But then that V8 was naturally-aspirated, the new RS5 has two turbos to help force more air into the engine. Power, therefore, remains roughly the same at 450hp. However, torque figures are up 20% from 500nm to a whopping 600nm.

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