TG drives the Audi RS5

At first, this car threw some surprises. Like I said, the speedo needle kept climbing beyond 275kph. And activating Launch Control needed leafing through the owner’s manual. But once we got it, each one of those 444 horses were doing everything to ensure that all of their power reached the road, instead of going up as smoke or burnt rubber. And the roar as the needle crosses 100 gives you the same goose pimples that you got from the previous RS5 a couple of years ago.

The new RS5 doesn’t have any finesse. It’s not a naturally sporty car. It is based on an A5, which is based on an A4, and it has been heavily worked on to make it perform the way it does. Its performance comes more out of hard work than natural flair. And everything it does has a touch of brutality and violence to it. The way the engine starts up, the way it gurgles and rumbles as it slowly inches out of a parking lot, the way the gears change at full throttle… the RS5 is like a high-pressure valve on a high-pressure water pipeline. It sits on that thin line between pumping water and exploding. Precisely why it looks so comfortable here in a valve manufacturing facility in the middle of Nasik’s industrial zone.

However, since it isn’t a naturally sporty car, it has a huge boot, it has practical touches like rear seats that fold flat to give you a massive boot, and it doesn’t scrape over that badly laid speed bump or the steep ramp coming down from your apartment block.