Beep testing the beast

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The rep had gone pale

“What did you think?” she’d asked brightly.

“Hmmm,” I said, doubtfully. “Great … lovely handling, especially in sports mode .”

“But …?”

“But sometimes it beeps like the Roadrunner?”

“Really?” her perfectly plucked eyebrows arched. “When?”

“Soon as you hit 180 …”

I laughed. She didn’t. But, all joking aside, the Audi RS5 that I had just parked outside was a beast.

I am not a writer so I can’t regale you will technical stuff about torque and traction. However, I do a Mazda RX8, so I probably have that ‘boy racer’ gene. And  I do like my gadgets, so the Audi RS5 pretty much ticks all the boxes and presses all the buttons for me.

You can dial up your own and settings – literally … it’s a dial on the centre console – and you can either change gears manually, using the stick or paddles on the steering wheel, or you can let the automatic gearbox do the decision making for you.

Either way, there is an adrenalin inducing push in your back as you accelerate and a satisfying throaty rumble behind you as the engine kicks down from top gear to something approaching a suburban speed limit.

I sampled the RS5 in both cabriolet and coupe format during our trip to the Eyre Peninsula (see main feature). Powered by a 4.2 litre V8 engine, the RS5 scampers from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, according to the literature. I wasn’t holding a stopwatch, it certainly felt like it.

The coupe handles a bit livelier than the cabriolet. Apparently there’s a lot of additional weight structurally and in the roof mechanism for the convertible to carry. I noticed the difference but I’d take either of them in a heartbeat if I could handle not getting much change out of $200K.

And as for that beeping sound … see there was this long straight road, a road train to overtake, no traffic and sometimes it’s safer just to get past as quickly as you can.

Beep beep.

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