Audi RS5 Coupe Is Even Faster Than What The Company Claims

Audi pulled the wraps off the RS5 Coupe earlier this year and Audi Sport’s Head of Technical Development has revealed the car is even faster than previously reported.

In an interview with Car Advice, Stephan Reil said the company’s claimed 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 3.9 seconds is conservative. As he explained, “I’ve been in this job for nearly 20 years, and with all the cars I’ve worked on, the performance numbers we published were conservative. And it’s no different with the latest RS5.”

Reil went on to say that the car could accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in as little as 3.7 seconds under ideal conditions. The executive added that “even under the worst conditions, you’ll do it in 3.9 seconds. But you will not find a 4.0.”

While it would be nice to know exactly how fast the car can accelerate, a number of different factors can affect its performance. This is part of the reason why Audi uses conservative figures and Reil says another factor is that he doesn’t want to read about a publication achieving a slower acceleration time than what the company claims.

The RS5 Coupe went on sale in Germany last month and it is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 TFSI engine that develops 450 PS (331 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to hit a top speed of up to 280 km/h (174 mph) when equipped with the optional dynamic package.

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  • TheBelltower

    Okay, Audi has redeemed themselves a bit with the RS5. Just a bit! The S5 should look this good.

  • Elmediterraneo

    The RS5 Sportback will be the perfect car for every day uses !!!

  • rodriguez256

    I know most people bash Audi on here but I like this. I do really like Audis styling. It subtle but chiseled. I also really like the interior design. I just wish I could afford one.


    it lacking refinement especially its engine

  • donald seymour

    Yeah, Audi has a track record for underrating their vehicles torque and hp. And ironically, BMW had some previous issues with overrating its numbers.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Congrats on your latest sleeper, Audi.

  • SteersUright

    Acceleration was never an Audi problem. The primary disappointment with Audi from an enthusiasts perspective is that they are one of the winningest companies in all of racing, yet produce performance street cars that are fundamentally unsound with their huge front-loaded weight bias. Outside of the nobody-can-afford R8, all the others reflect none of Audi’s racing heritage or capability to build world class performance cars. Can’t Audi produce just one RWD based performance sedan and/or sports car with an ideal weight balance in their mainstream range? Or, how about at least a $50k mid engine mini R8 for the regular joe that’s been promised for so many years?? As far as styling, I’ve always found Audi’s to be handsome and sometimes even some of the best looking cars on the road. No issues there.

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