2015 Audi RS 5

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Audi RS 5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cohesive performance
  • Acceleration
  • Engine/exhaust sound
  • All-wheel-drive refinement
  • Dynamics
  • Interior craftsmanship

The Bad

  • No stick shift
  • Ride too firm for some
  • Seat adjustability
  • Small backseat

Notable Features of the 2015 Audi RS 5

  • Highest-performance version of Audi A5/S5
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission standard
  • Lowered suspension

2015 Audi RS 5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The RS 5 is the high-performance variant of Audi's A5 and S5 coupe and convertible and a competitor to the BMW M4 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. It's powered by a high-revving 4.2-liter V-8 that's good for 450 horsepower. Other changes versus the A5 and S5 include a lowered suspension, sportier styling, a dressier cabin and many personalization options.

New for 2015
Three new wheel designs and red brake calipers are available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • 19-inch alloy wheels; 20-inch wheels available
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Performance suspension with 0.8-inch lower ride height
  • Rear spoiler deploys at 75 mph
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Available sport exhaust

Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Gauge cluster includes racetrack lap timer
  • Three-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles
  • CD stereo with iPod integration
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system with backup camera

Under the Hood

  • 450-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Horsepower peaks at 8,250 rpm
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split
  • Audi Drive Select system adjusts steering, throttle and transmission settings

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic st...
Vehicle Overview

The RS 5 is the high-performance variant of Audi's A5 and S5 coupe and convertible and a competitor to the BMW M4 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. It's powered by a high-revving 4.2-liter V-8 that's good for 450 horsepower. Other changes versus the A5 and S5 include a lowered suspension, sportier styling, a dressier cabin and many personalization options.

New for 2015
Three new wheel designs and red brake calipers are available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • 19-inch alloy wheels; 20-inch wheels available
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Performance suspension with 0.8-inch lower ride height
  • Rear spoiler deploys at 75 mph
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Available sport exhaust

Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Gauge cluster includes racetrack lap timer
  • Three-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles
  • CD stereo with iPod integration
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system with backup camera

Under the Hood

  • 450-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Horsepower peaks at 8,250 rpm
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split
  • Audi Drive Select system adjusts steering, throttle and transmission settings

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Knee airbags
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags (coupe)
  • Available blind spot warning system

 


Latest 2015 RS 5 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

This is a beast

by Cloudg8 from Chicago on October 2, 2017

I’m love with my car. Color is perfect and the interior with carbon fiber trim is amazing. This thing goes 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. Super fast and sounds amazing. A+ Read full review

(5.0)

Pristine example of an RS5

by Goose on August 17, 2017

This has been a dream to drive. Mildly upgraded for aesthetics. The car looks and rides great! If you're looking for a clean RS5, this is your car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Audi RS 5 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Audi RS 5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RS 5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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