2021 Audi RS 5

MSRP $75,100

Ranked #11 in Midsize Coupe

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2021 Audi RS 5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Audi RS 5 coupe is one hell of a seductive sports car that was long hailed as one of the only high-performance all-wheel-drive Audis in its segment. But that’s no longer the case. However, it still remains an interesting prospect. The 2021 model year will bring forth a facelift and some changes to keep the car exciting. 

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Pros

Applaudable acceleration 

Comfortable ride for occupants

Jaw-dropping styling

A long list of options

Cons

Cargo space could have been better

Driving dynamics are not the most engaging

The engine is not as exciting as some rivals

What's New?

Wider grille and air intakes

Wider wheel arch and a new rear diffuser

New 10.1” display for the infotainment system

Limited edition Ascari and Black Optic launch editions


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75100

bodystyle

dr Coupe

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$75,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi RS 5 in Ascari Blue Metallic color
Ascari Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The more exciting big brother of the 2021 Audi A5 and S5, the RS 5 is one stylish performer on the road. However, the beauty of the car is that it can also double up as a daily driver. All this doesn’t come cheap as the RS 5 starts at $76,145. It is also faced with hot headed competition against the likes of the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG E53, and Lexus RC F. 

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe Front View
2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe Rear View

2021 Audi RS 5 Features

The RS 5 is only offered as a standalone and single trim, and only as a coupe. It also comes with Quattro all-wheel drive only. As mentioned previously, it comes with upgraded styling for the 2021 model year. It also features a new 10.1” infotainment screen and a new RS sport tuned suspension. It is a very well equipped car that comes with the following features.

Model

RS 5 Coupe

MSRP

$76,145

Key Features

10.1” Audi MMI touchscreen display

 

19” 10-spoke-star forged design

 

Heated S Sport Front Seats

 

RS sport suspension with DRC

 

8-way power-adjustable front seats w/ 4-way power lumbar

 

Audi Side Assist Blind Spot

 

Audi Pre Sense Basic

 

Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel

 

Nappa leather upholstery w/ honeycomb stitched and RS embossed seats

 

19-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D surround sound system

 

Quattro AWD

Which Trim should you buy?

Obviously, there is only one trim to choose from. If you are concerned just about the performance, consider getting the RS Driver Assistance Package which adds Sport Suspension and Sport Exhaust system. If you are more into aesthetics, you can grab the Black Optic Package, and for more driver assistance features, there is the RS Driver Assistance Package. The RS Driver Assistance Package adds traffic sign recognition, top-view camera system, Audi active lane assist, hands-on detection steering wheel, heads-up display, etc. 

2021 Audi RS 5 Engine and Performance

The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe is brought to life by a 2.9L twin-turbo V6 that spits out 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and power is transmitted to all the wheels via Audi’s Quattro AWD system. Steering-mounted shifter paddles are also available for shifting gears manually. 

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe Engine Bay

The transmission performs brilliantly with quick and seamless gear shifts. However, compared to an enthusiast sports car, it can still understeer. The car can accelerate in an adrenaline-inducing 3.7 seconds from standstill to 60 MPH and race past the quarter-mile in just 12 seconds. The car is limited to 155 MPH, but the Ascari edition has its speed electronically limited to 174 mph.

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

MSRP

$76,145

$72,795

$77,300

$67,000

Engine

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6 Hybrid

5.0-liter V8

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

444 hp @ 6700 RPM

473 hp @ 6250 RPM

429 hp @ 6100 RPM

472 hp @ 7100 RPM

Torque

442 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

406 lb-ft @ 2650 RPM

384 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM

395 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

0-60 MPH (in seconds)

3.7 sec

4.1 sec

4 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile (in seconds)

12.0 sec

12.0 sec

12.6 sec

12.7 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

155 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

168 MPH

The Bimmer and the Lexus make the most power, while the Mercedes sits at the bottom of the list. Despite the discrepancies, the Audi is actually the swiftest among the four in terms of acceleration due to its excellent traction. But let’s not forget how incredibly quick all of these coupes are. The RS 5 also has the best torque figures.

How well does the 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe handle?

One of the primary concerns of the RS 5 is that it feels less like a sports car and more like a touring sports coupe. It is super quick, but it's not the most fun to drive. An electric steering system means that you do not get any feedback from the wheels and the car understeers – something the enthusiast does not appreciate. The body roll is minimal and perfectly balanced.

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe In Acceleration Mode

With the Ascari edition, you do get Dynamic Ride Control and Audi Dynamic steering, but it still can’t improve the understeer situation. The ride is comfortable for occupants, especially with adaptive dampers. As someone who does not care much about the driving dynamics, the car is excellent. But if you are looking for a roaring engine to push through tracks, you won’t find that here either.

Braking Performance

The RS 5 is equipped with 14.8” front rotors and 13” rear rotors. The brakes are very easy to modulate and offer a linear feel when you push them. The six-piston brakes are very capable in making the 3,990 lbs come to a halt within a very reasonable distance of 108 ft from 60 MPH. Yes, the brakes are pretty excellent. With the Ascari edition, you are equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes and the car will come to a dead-stop even sooner.

Model

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

Brake Rotors Front (in)

14.8

15

14.6

15

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

13

14.6

14.2

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3990

3830

4429

3902

60-0 MPH (ft)

108

104

115

105

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that all these coupes are equipped with highly-capable brakes and all have the ability to stop very quickly. The Merc is the heaviest and consequently, comes to halt the slowest at nearly 115 feet. The BMW M4 stops a tad bit quicker than the Audi, possibly due to its lower curb weight combined with large rotors.

2021 Audi RS 5 Fuel Economy

The RS 5 has okay-ish fuel economy figures for its powerful powerplant. The EPA estimates are 18 MPG for the city, 25 MPG for the highway, 20 MPG for combined driving. The fuel efficiency is not that great, but it doesn’t matter. If you can afford to buy this German coupe, then you can also afford to fuel this beast relatively easily. With a gas tank size of 15.3 gallons, the range that the coupe can go on a full tank is about 275/382/306 miles for city/highway/combined driving cycles respectively. 

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

MPG (City)

18

16

21

16

MPG (Highway)

25

23

28

24

MPG (Combined)

20

19

24

19

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.3 gallons

15.6 gallons

17.4 gallons

17.4 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

275/382/306 miles

249/358/296 miles

365/487/417 miles

278/417/330 miles

The Merc quite easily beats the rest of the competition with the best fuel economy and also the largest tank. It can go uninterrupted for over 400 miles easily on a full tank, while the rest struggle to hit 300 or 350 miles in the combined cycles. However, this is not a big priority in this segment.

2021 Audi RS 5 Interior

Audi never fails to craft beautiful and premium interiors, regardless of the price and the segment the car is in. The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe oozes beauty and luxury throughout. The dashboard has a simple but functional design. Quilted leather is the standard, and the carbon inlays and aluminum interior trims further uplift the ambience. There is dual-zone automatic climate control along with ambient lighting to illuminate the interior. The center console has Nappa leather, while the door trim insert is Alcantara. 

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe Front Seats

The front seats adorned in beautiful leather can have either red stitching or black stitching. The seats have honeycomb pattern stitching and the “RS” logo embossed on them. And there is heated S Sport seats with 8-way power adjustability and 4-way power lumbar with driver memory, seat massage and power side bolsters. The front row is very spacious, but the rear row is only meant for the smallest of children, as is usually the case with Coupes. The coupe offers just about 10.9 cubic feet of cargo storage, which would only fit your weekly groceries and maybe a couple of suitcases at most. 

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/55.3/41.3

40.3/55.1/41.7

40.9/56.1/41.7

37.8/50.7/45.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.1/50.7/32.7

35.8/51.0/34.7

36.4/50.3/36.2

35.0/46.1/27.3

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

10.9

15.5

10

10.1

The front row is very spacious for all the cars, while the Lexus offers the highest legroom. The rear row of the Lexus is equally cramped, and the Bimmer makes slightly more effort than the Audi. The Mercedes is the most spacious overall, also due to the fact that it is a larger car. The cargo capacity of the BMW is easily the best, while the rest are all around the same.

Some interior features include:

  • Heated S Sports seats with 10-way power adjustability
  • Heated leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Quilted leather upholstery
  • Alcantara simulated suede door trim insert
  • Aluminum door panel insert
  • Nappa leather console insert
  • Refrigerated box in the glovebox

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The RS 5 will come with an upgraded 10.1” infotainment touchscreen that gracefully sticks out from the center of the dashboard. It runs on Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which is easy to use, intuitive, and also quite responsive. The standard list of features includes Audi Connect CARE, Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM Radio, USB ports. You can also upgrade and get an MMI Navigation Plus for easy in-built navigation. The best part is the inclusion of the 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, which would make your driving all the more enjoyable.

Highlights of the infotainment system are:

  • 10.1” MMI infotainment system
  • Audi Connect CARE
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • MMI Navigation Plus (optional)
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system

2021 Audi RS 5 Exterior

One of the most exciting aspects of the 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe is the sheer style and sportiness it portrays and the way it draws you from the very first moment you lay your eyes on it. The design has been changed to make it look more aggressive and give it a sportier stance. The headlights are divided into small LED parts that are called the “Matrix-design”. The three narrow intakes between the headlights hover over the classic Audi grille. The side grilles also look pretty cool. The hood has muscular lines and arches flowing to the front. 

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe Front Angle View

Moving to the side profile, you are greeted with wider wheel arches and fenders with the gently sloping roofline flowing to the rear. The rear end sees the LED Matrix-designed taillights for extra flair. A tiny spoiler sits above the trunk and the dual exhausts finish off the extremely appeasing look. The car sits on 19” wheels as standard, but you can get 20” ones. There are numerous cosmetic upgrade packages available, and you should check out the Black Optic package.

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E53 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

Curb Weight 

3990 lbs

3830 lbs

4429 lbs 

3902 lbs

Length 

186”

189.1”

190.6”

185.4”

Width 

73.5”

74.3”

73.2”

72.6”

Height 

54.0”

54.8”

56.3"

54.7”

Ground Clearance 

4.3”

4.7"

4.5”

5.1”

Wheelbase 

108.9”

112.5”

113.1”

107.5”

The E53 coupe is the heaviest and also has the largest wheelbase. Meanwhile, the Audi and the Lexus enjoy the small wheelbase and the stout look that comes with it. Every car looks different, but there isn’t much of a difference in terms of the dimensions if you leave the Mercedes aside.

Some exterior features are:

  • 19” 10-spoke-star forged design
  • Speed sensitive rain wipers
  • Blacked out grille
  • Matrix-designed laser supplement LED DRLs
  • LED brake lights
  • Front fog lamps

2021 Audi RS 5 Safety

Audi makes safe cars, that is without a doubt. But unfortunately, the RS 5 has not been able to undergo testing at either NHTSA or IIHS. Part of the reason is the high price and the exclusivity of such a car. These aren’t readily available for smashing into walls. Anyway, the A5, which is essentially a younger sibling to the RS 5 and is based on the same platform. The A5 has achieved great ratings from IIHS. So, we reckon the RS 5 would also be a very safe car if it were ever to be tested. It comes with a host of standard safety and driver assistance features, and more are available as options. Some of them are:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Audi Pre Sense Basic 
  • Lane departure warning
  • Traffic sign recognition (optional)
  • Top view camera system (optional)
  • Audi Active Lane Assist (optional)
  • Park Assist (optional)

2021 Audi RS 5 Competition

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe vs 2021 BMW M4 Coupe

The M4 is a very tough competitor to the RS 5. Not only does it cater to enthusiasts with the availability of RWD, but it also is more practical with more interior space and larger trunk size.

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

It produces more power than RS 5 but the RS 5 has quicker acceleration. However, when it comes to that ugly grille and the styling, we would understand if people go with the Audi instead. But if you want practicality in exchange of a little bit of performance, then the M4 is also a good choice.

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe

The Mercedes offers yet another German vs German showdown. While the E 53 might not be as fast as the RS 5, the E 53 is simply more practical. Not only it offers better fuel economy and range, but it also more interior and trunk space.

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe

The Merc also handles very well and has a beautiful interior with Merc’s advanced safety features. The styling is classic Merc, more aristocratic, and less aggressive. Once again, for performance the Audi, for practicality, the E 53.

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe vs 2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

The Japanese coupe is all about style and grandeur. While the Lexus has more power than the German, it is not as swift as the Audi. However, the Japanese are significantly cheaper. Both offer similar levels of gas mileage.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

The RC F is not as practical as the Audi, since it has a more cramped rear row. But both of them offer luxurious interiors. Lexus has the big advantage with its reliability and also rivals the German the most in terms of outlandish styling and sportiness. Some people might like the look of the Lexus more. 

2021 Audi RS 5 Final Verdict

The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe is an extremely compelling vehicle that draws your attention right from the get-go. Not only is it stylish and outlandish, but it also has an extremely well-crafted and premium interiors with the best quality materials. The performance will blow anyone’s mind away. However, rivals such as the M4 are more practical and also handle better. For a more authentic sports car feeling, the M4 does a better job; but the RS 5 is a more comfortable option that will be easier to live with.