Used Audi Rs5
A history lesson…
Audi's A5 was introduced back in 2007, bringing is coupe stylings to a market that was eagerly awaiting them. Four years later, the RS5 iteration touched down and was a V8 wakeup call for anyone who had been indifferent to the firm's recent efforts.
Its engine packs 444bhp and like all high end Audis there is a four wheel drive Quattro system onboard, with plenty of computing power built in to keep it on the straight and narrow in all conditions.
The RS5 didn't fare hugely well after its arrival, with slow sales and mediocre responses from critics. Audi refreshed it in 2012 to try and boost its profile, with some success, so you can now find the first RS5s for sale on the used market.
Bang for your buck
For the RS5, Audi took the A5 and gave it an aesthetic overhaul to make it much more of a street stalker. The body swoops and bulges in all the right places and while subtlety is hardly a calling card, it sets out to make a statement with its design and certainly turns heads.
Gaping exhausts sit agog at either side of the car at the rear, leaving observers in no doubt as to the car's potential.
There's even a spoiler, although this is electronically controlled and only emerges when you're doing over 75mph, which would be an indication that you were speeding were it not for the fact that it remains in its protruding state until you dip below 50mph. It's like taking part in a very low risk version of the movie Speed.
All sorts of differential elements are built into the chassis and drivetrain, allowing the used Audi RS5 to distribute power to different wheels and keep the car moving forwards as efficiently as possible. While this kind of car can sometimes be afflicted by overly stiff suspension, the multiple modes on offer here mean that you can choose comfort or sport settings depending on the circumstances.
On the inside you get plenty of impressive kit and Audi's impressive workmanship means that there's barely a fault or a flaw to distract you from the composed luxury of the overall package.
What you'll pay
From new the Audi RS5 costs the best part of £60,000, particularly when buyers have specced it up with all of the options they want.
A year later, you'll find that about a third of that value has depleted, with £40,000 used models starting to make an appearance.
Don't forget that if you do buy a year old RS5 second hand, you'll still have to take a big hit on depreciation. It might be sensible to wait until you can nab one when it's three years old, since by then someone else will have taken the brunt of the financial burden.
What to check
If the used Audi RS5 is still under warranty, you'll want to give it a very thorough examination to ensure that it is as close to perfect as possible in terms of condition. Finding the tiniest ding or lesion can seriously impact the resale price.
The V8 engine is sound, although there have been clutch issues so keep this in mind when looking at the service history.
If you knock one of the door mirrors off, a replacement will cost £150. Tyres are £250 each, with brake pads setting you back £150 for a pair at the front.
How it drives
While other RS Audis have come with turbochargers to boost the power, the 4.2 litre engine of the RS5 is naturally aspirated and so relies on the brute force of its V8 to deliver top tier performance figures.
It'll blast from 0 to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and keep going until it hits the 155mph limit that's imposed upon it. The dual clutch setup means that gear changes are smooth and the seven gears on offer allow for relatively decent fuel efficiency on top of pure speed.
Audi hasn't quite managed to make the RS5 for sale as competitive as the BMW M3 or the Mercedes C63, although if you're looking for something a bit different in the same category then it will definitely fit the bill and provide a bellowing V8 soundtrack that isn't commonly found elsewhere.