2014 Audi RS5 Review and Changes | Reviewed by fcars2014 on | Rating: 4.5
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2014 Audi RS5 Review 2014 Audi RS5 Review and Changes

Audi models often come in mild, hot and extra-spicy flavors, and the 2014 Audi RS5 is the maximum-hot version of the company’s competent A5 and higher-performance S5 coupe and convertible lines. With 100 more horsepower than the S5, the ultra-high-performance Audi RS 5 coupe and drop top provide sizzling performance when conditions allow, yet they’re still comfortable and docile enough for commuting and errand-running duties.

Pros
Classy styling with a hint of aggression; impressive power; tenacious road-holding grip; superb interior with top-end materials.

Cons
Standard control layout isn’t easy to use; artificial steering feel; non-adjustable suspension can’t match the ride comfort of rivals.

Release Date and Price
Meanwhile some rumors told that 2014 Audi RS5 release date will be in late this year. The RS5 is actually great value at its $70,000 base price. Even with all the options on the list the car only just cracks $80,000. This is impressive compared with the GT-R and M6 that are the RS5’s primary target rivals.

Learn more about the 2014 Audi RS5 review with comprehensive price info, review and specs.

Powertrain
Powering the 2014 Audi RS 5 is a 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 450 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated dual-clutch manual transmission with shift paddles drives all four wheels through a standard all-wheel-drive system. The RS 5 coupe’s EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 18 mpg in combined driving. The RS 5 Cabriolet earns 16/22/18 ratings.

Exterior
The exterior of the RS5 makes it clear that this is no sports cruiser. As quick as the S5 is, it struggles to look nearly as expensive or purpose-driven as the RS model. Despite big wheels, the S5 shares all its looks closely with the base A5.

Out back, the new LED taillight designs are far tougher to notice than the newer headlamps out front. The new taillight graphic basically replaces the old bulb blinker with an LED, gives the LED bulbs larger lenses and adds a crisp, dot-free LED strip along the bottom of the lights.

Interior
The interior of the RS5 is able to successfully recreate some of the exterior’s brutal style, via carbon-fiber inlays that replace the aluminum or wood in lesser Audis. It’s a nice-looking weave with low-gloss sheen, but is purely decorative. The car is also offered with a matte painted finishes that match the color of the carbon seatbacks.

In addition, their huge base design means all drivers will sink right in. They maintain the 12-way power operation with memory functions and a four-way power-adjustable lumbar support. Traditional three-point seatbelts make driving the RS5 easier on a daily basis but there’s room to thread a racing harness through the standard buckets.

Features and Safety
Standard safety features on the 2014 Audi RS 5 include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags (coupe only) and front and rear parking sensors. Optional items include a rearview camera, a blind-spot monitoring system and an automatic emergency braking system that is paired with the adaptive cruise control.

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