09-03-2012, 09:20 PM #1
2013 Audi RS5 tested by Insideline - 12.5@110 1/4 mile and 4,039 pound curb weight
The 2013 Audi RS5 is an absolutely gorgeous vehicle that we are thrilled Audi decided to bring to the USA. The old 4.2 liter FSI V8 was upgraded and now puts out 450 horses revving to a very impressive 8500 RPM. This power routed through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission is good enough to get it to a 12.5@110 in the 1/4 mile or in other words similar quickness to an E92 M3 DCT from a stop but likely still slightly slower from a roll on the top end.
Why is that? Well, although the V8 is upgraded the power is still going to all four wheels. The car also has a curb weight of 4,039 pounds. So despite the higher power output on paper the classic Audi traits of big weight combined with a less efficient drivetrain hurt the performance.
58% of the cars weight also hangs over the nose. Not the best balance for handling performance although it does pull .95g's on the skidpad and manages the slalom in an impressive 69.2 MPH.
The base price of the car is higher than the C63 or M3 and with options this tester came out to $77,320. Not terrible, but not a value either. It will definitely be more rare than either the M3 or C63.
A great looking car that would be better if it was lighter with balance closer to 50/50. We're glad someone is still doing a high revving naturally aspirated V8 at the very least.
Vehicle Year Make Model 2013 Audi RS 5 2dr Coupe AWD (4.2L 8cyl 7AM) Vehicle Type AWD 2dr 4-passenger Coupe Base MSRP $69,795 Options on test vehicle Audi MMI Navigation Package ($3,550 -- CD/DVD player with HD radio, navigation, premium audio, parking alerts with rearview camera, Audi Connect and Bluetooth streaming audio); Titanium Package ($2,500 -- body color mirrors, blacked-out trim, 20-inch wheels with 275/30 summer tires); Sport Exhaust System With Black Finishers ($1,000); Sepang Blue Pearl Paint ($475). As-tested MSRP $77,320 Drivetrain Configuration Longitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive Engine type Naturally aspirated, direct-injected, V8, gasoline Displacement (cc/cu-in) 4,163/254 Block/head material Aluminum/aluminum Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder variable intake + exhaust-valve timing Compression ratio (x:1) 12.5 Redline, indicated (rpm) 8,500 Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm) 8,500 Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 450 @ 8,250 Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 317 @ 4,000 Fuel type Premium unleaded (required) Transmission type 7-speed auto-double-clutch manual with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes Transmission ratios (x:1) I = 3.692; II = 2.238; III = 1.559; IV = 1.175; V = 0.915; VI = 0.745; VII = 0.617; R = 2.944 Chassis Suspension, front Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar Suspension, rear Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar Steering type Electric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion steering Steering ratio (x:1) 15.9 Turning circle (ft.) 38.1 Tire make and model Pirelli P Zero Tire type Asymmetrical summer, (44 psi cold front; 41 psi cold rear) Tire size 275/30ZR20 97Y Wheel size 20-by-9 inches front and rear Wheel material Cast aluminum Brakes, front 14.4-in two-piece ventilated cross-drilled steel discs with two-piston fixed calipers Brakes, rear 12.8-in ventilated cross-drilled steel discs with one-piston fixed calipers Track Test Results Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.) 1.7 0-45 mph (sec.) 2.8 0-60 mph (sec.) 4.3 0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 4.1 0-75 mph (sec.) 6.1 1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 12.5 @ 110.8 0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.) 2.2 0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.) 3.5 0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.) 5.0 0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 4.6 0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.) 7.0 1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph) 13.0 @ 109.2 Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.) 27 60-0 mph (ft.) 105 Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) 69.2 Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON 67.3 Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.95 Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON 0.94 Sound level @ idle (dB) 43.9 @ Full throttle (dB) 78.2 @ 70 mph cruise (dB) 62.6 Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm) 2,400 Dimensions & Capacities Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.) 4,009 Curb weight, as tested (lbs.) 4,039 Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%) 58.0/42.0
09-03-2012, 09:54 PM #2
Pretty nice numbers, I expect the new M3 to be a little quicker than this in a straight line and probably a little less grippy since the RS5 has 275s all around. Let's hope the rumors about the M3's weight loss are true, if so it should seriously undercut the RS5's 4,000.
I LOVE the blue paint on this car, I was close to ordering an S4 in this color last month but Audi's outrageous lease rates scared me away.
09-03-2012, 09:59 PM #3
I really, really like this car but that damn weight and balance...
The new M3 will annihilate this. The current M3 is really a better performance car.
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