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Audi RS 5 - best sports cars

The latest RS 5 delivers all-weather performance in a subtly aggressive package

Audi has tended to follow the lead of BMW and Mercedes when it comes to high-performance cars. Most of the time they have been fast, but the addition of quattro four-wheel drive has held them back when it comes to driver engagement.

Past versions of the RS 5 Coupe have had V8 power, but the current model copies the S5 by having a V6 twin-turbo TFSI engine. This is the same engine found in the RS 4 Avant performance estate and packs 444bhp. This time around, the RS 5's quattro four-wheel drive has been tuned by Audi Sport, the firm behind Audi's racing projects, and it has more of a rear bias than ever.

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This boosts the RS 5's ability, while the 4WD grip still gives it unsurpassed traction and agility in slippery and wet conditions. What's more, the four-seater cabin means this is a practical performance car that could double as family transport without any difficulty.

Best sports cars

  1. 1. McLaren 570S
  2. 2. Mazda MX-5
  3. 3. Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
  4. 4. BMW M4 Competition Pack
  5. 5. Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
  6. 6. Audi RS 5 Coupe
  7. 7. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
  8. 8. Fiat 124 Spider
  9. 9. Nissan GT-R
  10. 10. Jaguar F-Type
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