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Audi RS5 Coupe 2020 Review

At the heart of the facelifted RS5 Coupé is the turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine used by its immediate predecessor. It continues to produce the same 444bhp as the turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder unit used by the first-generation M4 but some 15bhp less than the turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant of the second-generation C63 Coupe.

It is the abundant torque that distinguishes the joint Audi- and Porsche-developed unit, though. With 443lb ft between 1900rpm and 5000rpm, it endows the reworked Audi with a soothing effortlessness when cruising in Comfort mode and, alternatively, a fitting urgency to the acceleration when being worked harder in Sport mode.

Step-off is particularly sharp and, with all that shove concentrated across such a wide band of revs, the mid-range performance is nothing less than authoritative in nature. It is not exactly explosive but, with an official 0-62mph time of 3.9sec and a top speed of up to 174mph in combination with the Dynamic package, it is rapid enough to leave you wondering if you really need any more performance.

It’s rather entertaining, too. An imbibing smoothness to the delivery allows it to pull with great intent and outstanding refinement to the 6800rpm cut-out, while tweaks to the exhaust system give its engine a more engaging aural character, with greater volume to the digitally enhanced exhaust note than previously – not least in Sport mode, where it is now more present at all times. The eight-speed automatic, carried over with changes to its electronic mapping, does an excellent job of corralling the RS5 Coupé’s reserves and provides an impressive spread in temperament between relaxed shifting in Comfort mode and significantly more determined changes in Sport.

As tradition dictates, drive is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s latest quattro system, complete with a sport differential to apportion the amount doled out to each individual rear wheel depending on prevailing grip and other factors such as speed, yaw angle and driving mode.

The handling is characterised by outstanding body control, huge grip and exceptional traction. In realworld conditions, the RS5 Coupé is likely to be every bit as fast, if not faster, over any given road than its key rivals. What it does lack, though, is the tactility of its keener competitors. The electromechanical steering is responsive off centre and remains well weighted at speed, but it is short on feel and ultimate communication.