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  • Unfazed by all weathers, the RS5 offers huge performance and refinement, although it still wants for more character.

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    CAR magazine's independent long-term test of the Audi RS5. We live with Audi's fast coupe to see how it performs. Full expert review here.

    Unless oversteer on a racetrack is front-of-mind, it might well be just as entertaining. Audi RS5 in the snow: One pet peeve, however: Nice as the Coupe is, for an everyday all-rounder, it's hard to argue against the functionality afforded by that pretty Sportback shape.

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    Protect yourself against fraud. Your IP address will be logged. Read about our Security Policy and Privacy Policy. Sell your car without the hassle. Get an instant offer from areyouselling. To follow the leader or lead the pack? That is not so much the question ahead of the Audi RS5 Coupe but rather one that it answers near-instantly and emphatically. Quite often in sports coupe circles a new-generation model will emerge louder, angrier and — depending on the perspective — brawnier or brattier than before, then next-gen rivals will clamour to the same brief and attempt to play one-upmanship.

    However look at, then start up, the new RS5 Coupe, and it becomes obvious that it will duel on its own terms. Gone is the sublime 4. There is also a comparable kW of power delivered between rpm and Nm. It can juggle torque between each back wheel and in the past has proven effective.

    So the upshot is a brilliant 3. Beyond lashings of carbonfibre trim across the dashboard and gorgeous, quilted Nappa leather seats, the RS5 Coupe appears much like an S5 Coupe inside. That happens to be absolutely no bad thing, of course, given that Audi continues to set the class benchmark for cabin quality and ergonomic simplicity. Could we expect even more, however?

    The dashboard continues to be trimmed in nicely grained, soft-touch plastics, but it would look better with swathes of stitched leather trim as is offered in the M4 Competition. Ventilated front seats are also disappointingly unavailable. No rival does this as easily. It really is something of a mini-Bentley Continental GT. Indeed Audi claims that this RS5 Coupe has placed its 74mm-longer body to good use via rear kneeroom boosted by 23mm — while the litre boot is 10L larger.

    The front seats are plush, and the twin-rear chairs are nicely tilted upwards in their base and subtly supportive around the shoulders. But this eight-speed torque converter automatic ironically enough renders the technology — once designed to replace the traditional auto — irrelevant here.

    This drivetrain is stunning. Slink away from urban areas and the 2. Yet suddenly plant a right foot and, despite losing some of the immense character of the old V8, the drivetrain still slams into life.

    In ride quality terms, just leave the Audi Drive Select system in Auto and the way the suspension smothers bumps and disguises the effects of low-profile inch tyres will firstly feel just like an S5, and secondly embarrass an M4 Competition or C63 S.

    Does that have an effect on handling, though? Well, yes and no. This system, along with the centre differential that juggles torque to each rear wheel, is about a decade old. It is also available on an S5 Coupe, where it works brilliantly. The new RS5 Coupe feels much lighter on its feet, far better balanced, and more nimble than the generation it replaces. Allied with this new engine, plus tight and smooth steering, and it leaps from corners fiercely. Yet it never feels boring, mainly thanks to that ferocious engine.

    The only caveat is that, with such immense tyre grip, working the rear axle is if anything harder than it is in an S5 Coupe. A driver needs to drill the front-end in harder than a coal-mine extractor, specifically to release the tenacious rear grip and neutralise its behaviour. A fraction less rear grip, or a more active and rear-biased all-wheel drive system, could go a long way to making this Audi feel even more entertaining than it is.

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