Alongside the Audi RS 4, the RS 5 is the last German sports car to feature a naturally-aspirated V8 engine.
The BMW M3 and M4 have downsized to a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder, while the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 has received a smaller, twin-turbo V8.
As you probably know, Audi will unveil an all-new A4 family next year, so the next-generation RS 5 will almost certainly go down the downsizing, turbocharging route as well, but until then it remains the closest thing to a German-made muscle car.
The folks from The Smoking Tire tested an Audi RS 5 Cabriolet and had some good and bad things to say about it. The good things revolve around the fact that it is a convertible and that the sound of the 450hp 4.2-liter V8 engine is music to human ears. Not so good are the added weight compared to the RS 5 Coupe and the loss in structural rigidity, with all the dynamic inconveniences that derive from them.
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