Audi RS5 First Generation Dominating the Roads

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In 2011, Audi introduced a special car called the Audi RS5. It was a super-fast version of their regular Audi A5 from the first generation. The Audi RS5 had a lot of upgrades in its engine and the well-tuned chassis, along with parts that help it drive well. Changes were made to improve the Audi RS5’s performance, transitioning to a more aggressive style and achieving a sportier look from the outside. They started making this first version of the Audi RS5 in 2010 and kept making it until 2015. After that, they started making the Second Generation of the RS5.

Engine Performance

The Audi RS5 is special because of its advanced 4.2-liter V8 FSI engine and its Le Mans-winning fuel-injection technology, which enhances torque, power, and fuel efficiency. The engine is not only strong; it’s also really good at using its power.

The launch control is used to start the car fast with the combination of both brakes and acceleration. It can go from 0 to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds, and when you press the gas pedal, the engine gives you power smoothly and quickly, no matter how fast you drive. So, whenever you need more power, the engine is ready to fulfill your desire.


Driving is about moving forward, and that’s what the S tronic dual-clutch transmission does. It operates like two separate gear systems; one handles odd-numbered gears, and the other handles even-numbered ones.

So, when you speed up in second gear, the transmission is ready with third gear. And as soon as you switch, it’s already getting ready for fourth gear. The two clutches working together enable you to switch gears quickly while enjoying smooth and continuous power.

Interior of Audi RS5 First Generation

The dashboard in the car looks stylish, covered in leather with two different colors, including the shiny metal and chrome details, making the RS5 interior more attractive. The dark colors used in the design make it feel very classy. Right in the dashboard’s center is a screen showing you information and controls for the entertainment system. Below that, some buttons light up. The steering wheel has buttons and a special display for the driver.

The front seats are like comfortable buckets; you can adjust them in 10 different ways. They also have support for your lower back and can warm up. The back seats can be split into two parts and folded down. The seats are leather sued; you can choose soft Alcantara suede leather.

The front seats are power-operated for entry and exit. The air conditioning can be set for different areas in the car and adjust itself. It is also equipped with a voice-operated system for navigation. You can use a sunroof if you want fresh air without opening the side windows. The Audi RS5 also remembers how you like the driver’s seat to be set.

The heated front seats have special electric support for your lower back. These seats are called RS Super Sports seats and are electrically adjustable. They’re covered in smooth Silk Nappa leather with contrasting lines and a stamped RS logo.

Infotainment of First-Generation Audi RS5

Considering that time, the Audi RS5 Coupe has the latest Audi MMI interface, which controls a 7.0-inch screen for information and entertainment. This screen can connect wirelessly to your phone and also has a place for USB connections. A regular AM/FM radio is included, and you can choose to have a SiriusXM radio subscription and a CD player built into the dashboard.

The infotainment system is connected to 10 really good speakers. If you want even better sound, you can choose the option with 14 Bang and Olufsen speakers. This option will give you a good amplifier and special tech to make the sound even better. You can use the buttons on the dashboard to control the info and entertainment stuff and buttons on the steering wheel to handle the music.

Exterior of First-Generation Audi RS5

The Audi RS5 Coupe has adjustable smart lights, including Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. The backlights are also LEDs, and there’s a special system to wash the headlights.

The boot lid can open by itself, and the side mirrors can move and warm up.

The door mirrors, window trims, and grille have a nice aluminum look; it also has two oval exhaust pipes. The car looks sporty with its RS design and has a spoiler at the back that moves directly in relation to the acceleration.

Trunk Space

The 2011 Audi RS5 version has a big trunk holding up to 12.0 cubic feet of stuff. The trunk can open and close automatically with power.

You can make the space for carrying bigger things by folding down the back seats.

Quattro with Sports differential

The Audi RS 5 has a brand-new version of the quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. This advanced system has been helping Audi perform exceptionally well on the racetrack since 1980. After many improvements, the latest version is lighter by 2.5 kilograms and smaller. They’ve added something important called a crown-gear center differential. This new part helps the car hold onto the road more tightly because it can lock well.

There’s also a torque vectoring function that sends varying amounts of power to each wheel as needed. This makes the car hold onto the road strongly, carefully control its movements, and stay steady while driving, even on tough roads.


The pictures with measurements of the RS 5 Sedan show you exactly how big it is. You can use them to analyze whether the car will fit in your garage and your luggage will fit in the trunk.

  • The measurements are in millimeters.
  • Maximum headroom
  • Dimensions were taken when the vehicle was empty, and the ground clearance was measured with the vehicle carrying its heaviest load.
  • Luggage compartment volume in liters: 455 with the seats up and 829 with the rear seats folded down (measured using a specific method). The turning circle is approximately 11.6 meters.


✓ Good Road Grip

✓ Surprisingly Fast

✓Amazing sound of the engine


✘ The ride is too hard

✘ Steering lacks excitement

✘ Not engaging

Engine4.2 FSI quattro
Power 450/8250
Transmission7-speed S tronic
torque 430/4000-6000
CO2 emissions252 g/km
Wheels19” ‘5-spoke Aero’ design alloy wheels – CR6 20” x 9J ‘5-arm Rotor’ design alloy wheels – PQW 20” x 9J ‘5-arm Rotor’ design Titanium look alloy wheels – PQU
Gross Weight2225 kg
Top speed mph155


Audi RS5 introduced Smart technology to help you be more aware and stay safe while driving from all angles.

  • Audi’s advanced parking system creates alert sounds and images if anything comes closer to the car while parking. The back of the car can be seen using a sensor and camera. But you can only get the camera with a technology package.
  • Audi’s hill-hold assist does something special. It automatically puts on the parking brake when the car is not moving.
  • Audi’s side assist helps when you want to change lanes. Special sensors are used for checking the behind of the car. If there’s a car you can’t see or a fast-coming car, it shows a warning in your side mirror. You can turn on this system with a button on the driver’s door.

Fuel Economy

 Highway6,6 lt/100km 36 MPG (US) – 43 MPG (UK) 
  City10,7 lt/100km 22 MPG (US) – 26 MPG (UK)
 Combined8,1 lt/100km 29 MPG (US) – 35 MPG (UK)

Automotive Journalist Review

It was the RS4 sedan that marked a prominent turning point for the four-ringed brand in terms of a more involving drive experience than some of its forebears. With that in mind, we expected even greater things from the RS5, but it has taken a more subtle path. (Stuart Martin, Cars Guide)


Undoubtedly, the Audi RS5 is a high-performance machine, and its impressive exterior design, luxurious interior, and Powerful V8 engine make it a true sports car. The exceptional handling and advanced safety features made the Audi RS5 a practical and safe vehicle for daily use. But still, if we compare, it doesn’t beat the M3 coupe in performance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What was the highest amount ever paid for a 1st Generation Audi RS5?

A: On August 19, 2021, a 2013 Audi RS5 was sold for the highest recorded price of $61,500.

Q: What’s the least amount someone has paid for a 1st Generation Audi RS5?

A: On August 21, 2023, the lowest sale price ever documented for a 2013 Audi RS5 Coupe was $22,099.

Q: What’s the average cost of a 1st Generation Audi RS5?

A: The typical price for a 1st Generation Audi RS5 is $38,908.

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