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2015 Audi RS 5

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.1” x 54.4”


All-wheel drive



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

1 trim

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Notable features

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

2015 Audi RS 5 review: Our expert's take

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


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews


Beast with class

I have had this car for two years now and every time I get into this beast, I am excited to drive. I could have bought the the newer RS5 but I like the trim of this car much better. The V-8 screams for you to push it harder and harder. With 8250 red-line, there is plenty of room for exhilaration and acceleration. Not that it needs it, but there are plenty of upgrades for this car. I started with the exhaust, and it's even meaner now than before. The downshifts in sport mode are a menacing snort that makes other cars take notice. The faster you go, the better the feel and handling tightens up, especially around a sharp wind in the road. It's not the fastest car, but will blow the doors off of just about anything on the road. I get compliments often on this beauty.


Beware of the timing chain on the V8.

Great looking and running car. But beware of the timing chain on the Audi V8. Most aftermarket warranties won't cover it due to the expensive cost to replace. And once it breaks, the car is practically worthless. Do your research on the timing chain before purchasing.


Checks off all the boxes!

I have owned this car Since Nov, 21 and have had no complaints. Take it to an Audi dealership or a European specialized mechanic and get everything up to date. I have had sports cars, Audi, Toyota, Porsche but this is another level. The RS badge makes it special. You notice this the first time you sit in the bolstered leather seats and look over the interior. Then you start it up! This car upon start-up, will always rock(literally), the car jumps to life as if you just unleashed something. Especially a cold-start. And the first time you go stop at a red light and that idiot in his whatever tuned car sits next to you and wants to race. You can even let him get a bit of a head start, and then just feather the gas a bit and your gone; drive in auto manual to really give him the ear exploding experience of that high revving V-8 that will supplant him to your rear view mirror in quick order. Honestly, this car is so pretty, and drives so well, it's a shame to put miles on it. If you want a car that checks off all the boxes, this is the car. It is not just a faster version of the S5, it's a totally different engine. Super car engine with the interior and looks of a special grand tourer. At least for me, I could not miss with this car. Fast, pretty, luxurious, and practical.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
12 months/5,000 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 or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first)
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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