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Testing the Audi RS 5 Competition: A feast for combustion engine fans 

2023-01-24T09:26:21.715Z

Audi will soon switch to electric drive. Before that, however, there are still sports cars like the RS 5 with a competition package, which savors all the advantages of combustion engine technology.



Audi will soon switch to electric drive.

Before that, however, there are still sports cars like the RS 5 with a competition package, which savors all the advantages of combustion engine technology.

Doing one thing, not neglecting the other – at least not for the time being: Audi is currently pursuing its model strategy according to this motto.

Unlike BMW, for example, the VW subsidiary has announced its exit from combustion engine technology.

But it won’t be until 2029: enough time to really let it rip by then with a combustion engine.

Testing the Audi RS 5 Competition: A feast for combustion engine fans 

For example with the RS 5 Coupé, a two-door, four-seater sports car of the old school, and its 450 hp V6 biturbo engine under the bonnet.

Including engine sound, which can be adjusted from subtle to present in the touchscreen menu, although the subtle doesn't really work.

Which shouldn't really bother its buyers, who spend 87,500 euros for a combustion engine without suspecting a hybrid.

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Power pack: The Audi RS 5 with Competition-plus package

© Sagmeister Photography/Audi

Rather the fact that this "normal" RS 5 is quite suitable for everyday use, but perhaps a bit too well-behaved for use on the race track.

So Audi has put out two packages that bring even more pepper into the load: the competition package costs 7875 euros, which deregulates the top speed to a full 290 km/h.

Take that, electric cart!

What is particularly impressive is the force with which the factory-tuned RS 5 accelerates beyond the usual 250 km/h, while still remaining stable in a straight line.

Audi RS 5 Competition in the test: Adjustable coilover suspension included in the package

There is also an even more powerful sound from an exhaust system that is eight kilos lighter, less noise insulation in the engine compartment, matrix light with laser technology and a very nice, blue flashing animation when the doors are unlocked, 20-inch wheels and red edges on the seat belts.

If you then invest 11,375 euros, i.e. almost 99,000 euros in total, you can also screw on the springs: part of the Competition plus package is an adjustable coilover kit, including a suitable wrench.

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Dynamic steering, which reacts particularly tightly to commands at high speeds, is then included.

This is how the Audi RS really becomes a tool for dedicated fast drivers: the power Audi can be guided through curves and darted down straights with an ease that only a car without a heavy battery pack can offer.

Finally, every horsepower is used for propulsion and is implemented efficiently, there are coupés with 600 hp that seem more cumbersome.

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Everything on Sport: The cockpit of the Audi RS 5 Competition plus.

© Audi

If you operate the fast and sensible shifting eight-speed automatic manually, you have to be careful not to turn the speedometer in the racing hockey stick design into the limiter despite all the enthusiasm: the on-board computer holds back and leaves the car to the driver's care.

Similar to the ESC (if it is activated) only intervenes when the physics overwhelm the actually reliable traction of the four-wheel drive.

It goes without saying that the buyer is dealing with a crisp, taut chassis from the old school of sports cars. A few hundred kilometers on a public motorway are still no problem and should open up new perspectives for many supporters of a speed limit - if they do at all into the Alcantara/leather seats of this vehicle.

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Audi RS 5 Competition in the test: 15 liters are feasible

Audi has really put together a package here that takes the last advantages of the combustion engine over the electric drive to the extreme, including the range.

Anyone who has fun with this Audi, of course, easily drives consumption to 15 liters per 100 kilometers, and beyond that, according to the motto: burn the fuel before others do.

If you actually move this coupe with less than ten liters, you can also take the tram right away.

Audi RS 5 Coupé competition plus

engine/transmission/drive

3l V6 biturbo petrol engine/8-speed automatic/all-wheel drive

power/torque

331 kW (450 hp)/600 Nm at 1,900 – 5,000 rpm

Length Width Height

4.72/1.87/1.37m

load volume

450L

Weight (without driver)

1,695kg

Vmax/0-100km/h

290 km/h / 3.9 s

Consumption/CO2 emissions

9.8 - 9.3l/100km / 223 - 211g/km

Price

98,875 euros

His territory is the racetrack, or at least it should be - and so the display of the accelerometer in the digital cockpit warns him to only use it there.

You shouldn't push the virtual sphere of the G-Meter to the edge in public street space either.

But even those who only use half of the potential of this car have a lot of fun with it.

List of rubrics: © Sagmeister Photography/Audi

Source: merkur

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