2018 Audi RS 5 first drive review: green with mean Page 3


Looks fast, feels fast

The RS 5 comes with a Virtual Cockpit, which is Audi-speak for a fully digital and configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Straightforward to use, Virtual Cockpit adapts to every condition. If you’re up for a spirited jaunt, there’s a mode that lets you keep track of the g forces, the turbos’ boost, and even the engine’s power output in real-time. If you’re in the mood for tunes, you can display a list of the local radio stations. If you’re completely lost, “Lost”-style, you can stick a big, high-resolution map right in front of your eyeballs.

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Audi is known for making quality interiors, and the RS 5 doesn’t disappoint. Every surface, switch, and stitch is nice to look at or touch, which is what you’d rightfully expect from a car that’s likely to start in the vicinity of $70,000. Official pricing information will be released closer to the coupe’s market launch in the spring of next year.

2018 Audi RS5 first drive

2018 Audi RS5 first drive

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The RS 5 looks boring as hell, at least if you ask the cows in Andorra. Most of them didn’t even bother to look up as I nonchalantly sped past. Jealous, perhaps. But, several people stopped and asked about the car during my time behind the wheel; our sign that it’s enthusiast-approved. And yet, it’s low-key. It doesn’t offend the eyes with gaudy wings and an exhaust pipe that could double as an oil pipeline. Instead, it boasts a smart, purposeful stance that those with high-octane blood recognize immediately. A model-specific grille and wider fender flares add a muscular touch to the look, while separating it from the tamer S5. My tester’s Sonoma Green paint seals the deal. It’s drop-dead gorgeous in this configuration.

The 2018 Audi RS 5 fulfills both of its missions. It’s a capable daily driver that won’t bore you even on the blandest commute, and it becomes delightful to pilot when the pace picks up.

— Ronan Glon, For Motor Authority

Note to readers: Audi provided accommodations to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.


 
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