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Old 04-06-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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I would like to pose a question to all S5 and RS5 owners the like. I currently own a B8 S4 but when I purchased it I did not realize how much my wife wanted an S5 (she currently drives an '11 Q7 SLine TFSI). I like the S5 but we test drove the RS5 last week and really loved the growl of the V8. For me, the only place where the RS lacks is in the torque department but it will still move really well, especially once it gets moving. The speed/acceleration addiction is mine and not the wife's. I know that the RS5 is a limited production vehicle but depending the time of purchase I have no issue getting a CPO'd RS if it is optioned to our liking.

So getting to my question to both parties, even though you own each vehicle respectively which would you prefer if they were both available and difference in price was not a factor?

Price is not that far off between the two which I could justify.


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Hi Dave,

I would suggest taking a look at getting an S5 with a Stasis ECU upgrade. This way you still have the 50k warranty and it makes a really big difference for the torque.

The RS5 is a great car - I have an S5 cab myself and drove the RS5 as well. They wouldn't do my preferred color combo (even with audi exclusive) on the RS5 so I went with the S5 again and very happy with it.
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I would suggest taking a look at getting an S5 with a Stasis ECU upgrade. This way you still have the 50k warranty and it makes a really big difference for the torque.

The RS5 is a great car - I have an S5 cab myself and drove the RS5 as well. They wouldn't do my preferred color combo (even with audi exclusive) on the RS5 so I went with the S5 again and very happy with it.
The Warranty from stasis is just on paper. when you are dealing with issue engine or transny problem then
headache starting . Audi and Stasis will play the ball.

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Nearly two years ago there was a huge price difference between the two. The S5 was already out since '08 and RS5 was new to the States. The S5 could be had for near invoice, whereas the RS could be had for near MSRP. The S5 for me was a no brainer.

This is an interesting video for when your Supercharged V6 S4 or S5 is out of warranty.

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Old 04-07-2014, 04:31 AM   #5
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RS5: If difference in price is NOT a factor.
S5: If difference in price IS a factor.

I have the V8 S5 and it is lacking in low end torque. I envy supercharged V6 guys because they can add APR or Stasis tune.
However, I love the sound of my V8, and I have a 944 Turbo for fast driving. Price was a factor for me. If it wasn't I would have an RS5- with the glorius sound and a measure of exclusivity.
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I would like to pose a question to all S5 and RS5 owners the like. I currently own a B8 S4 but when I purchased it I did not realize how much my wife wanted an S5 (she currently drives an '11 Q7 SLine TFSI). I like the S5 but we test drove the RS5 last week and really loved the growl of the V8. For me, the only place where the RS lacks is in the torque department but it will still move really well, especially once it gets moving. The speed/acceleration addiction is mine and not the wife's. I know that the RS5 is a limited production vehicle but depending the time of purchase I have no issue getting a CPO'd RS if it is optioned to our liking.

So getting to my question to both parties, even though you own each vehicle respectively which would you prefer if they were both available and difference in price was not a factor?

Price is not that far off between the two which I could justify.


Thanks in advance,

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1. 4.2 V8 | Possibly the last year for it as rumors have it moving to a 6.
2. RS 5 Sport Exhaust or the V8 with after market exhaust (Capristo favorite)
3. The car just keeps going faster and the low end torque is enough for me. (Life above 3000 RPMS is Fricken so fun!) Under 3000 and driving in Manual/Dynamic mode is still crazy fun.
4. For those who know... RS 5 is a special car and rare. Less depreciation...


Why not? ( i had to think hard...and didn't do that well)
1. women don't know what you have. It might as well be an A5. Unless you have the cabrio... then they like it anyhow. Guys howevr will eye f@$K you car....
2. Two Words Gas Mileage.


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Hippyshakes- unrelated but I have almost the exact same car on order, but with black optic package!
1. U happy with the panther black?
2. I've debated on driver assis t package and right now don't have it in my order since I don't use cruise control hardly ever as it is. How useful do you find this? I can still change order .
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Thanks for the great responses, we will see what happens. Ultimately it will be up to the wife to what she would like and since I already have the S4 I would prefer someone different but if the S5 will make her happy then that will be that. Not sure if we will be able to even pick up a new RS5 depending on when we are ready to purchase but I do know what I would like. CPO with low miles would not deter me at all.

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Hippyshakes- unrelated but I have almost the exact same car on order, but with black optic package!
1. U happy with the panther black?
2. I've debated on driver assis t package and right now don't have it in my order since I don't use cruise control hardly ever as it is. How useful do you find this? I can still change order .
Andrew -

You will love your car. I still look for reasons to go drive.

1. Its the most amazing black paint I've had. It's really stunning in the light and the only downside is the same with all black - dust. So be prepared to wash it/wax it and be careful to wash at a quality place to avoid clear coat swirls. (But thats for any color!)
2. I do a spring/summer long drive to our place in Seaside, FL and the Cruise Control is sooo worth it. The other really key item is the dynamic steering. This says it best "An optional dynamic steering system works through Drive Select and uses a superposition gear to vary the steering ratio by nearly 100 percent as a function of speed. The system also countersteers slightly at the cornering limit." I could tell the dif without it.!

Hope that helps.
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I would like to pose a question to all S5 and RS5 owners the like. I currently own a B8 S4 but when I purchased it I did not realize how much my wife wanted an S5 (she currently drives an '11 Q7 SLine TFSI). I like the S5 but we test drove the RS5 last week and really loved the growl of the V8. For me, the only place where the RS lacks is in the torque department but it will still move really well, especially once it gets moving. The speed/acceleration addiction is mine and not the wife's. I know that the RS5 is a limited production vehicle but depending the time of purchase I have no issue getting a CPO'd RS if it is optioned to our liking.

So getting to my question to both parties, even though you own each vehicle respectively which would you prefer if they were both available and difference in price was not a factor?

Price is not that far off between the two which I could justify.


Thanks in advance,

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I went through the same decision process back in Dec. I was torn between the RS5 and getting an S5 then tuning it. I finally decided on the S5 route as the RS5 didn't come in manual and for the price difference, you can do a ton of modding to an S5. To the average joe on the street, they're the same car so it takes away from the exclusivity.
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I went through the same decision process back in Dec. I was torn between the RS5 and getting an S5 then tuning it. I finally decided on the S5 route as the RS5 didn't come in manual and for the price difference, you can do a ton of modding to an S5. To the average joe on the street, they're the same car so it takes away from the exclusivity.
DSG will be a must since my wife has bad knees. She likes driving my S4 but on a daily basis it would wear on her. She drove it from work the other day and was loving the acceleration and handling since she drives the Q everyday. I would have to beg her to let me mod it if we go the S route.

I know that everyone has different opinions and that is why I asked for both owners to chime in and I appreciate that I have heard from both sides.

I know that she would not be disappointed either way and maybe the RS would be more to my liking since I already have the S4 but I do have to say that the sound of the V8 is intoxicating.
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DSG will be a must since my wife has bad knees. She likes driving my S4 but on a daily basis it would wear on her. She drove it from work the other day and was loving the acceleration and handling since she drives the Q everyday. I would have to beg her to let me mod it if we go the S route.

I know that everyone has different opinions and that is why I asked for both owners to chime in and I appreciate that I have heard from both sides.

I know that she would not be disappointed either way and maybe the RS would be more to my liking since I already have the S4 but I do have to say that the sound of the V8 is intoxicating.
To me, getting the APR or STASIS tune for the supercharged V6 is almost no risk.
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In January I had just this decision to make. I had a 2011 Phantom Blk on Blk S5 Coupe prestige model fully optioned come off lease. My dilemma was whether to buy it or consider an RS5. ( I wouldn't even consider the 6cyl as I'm addicted to the sound of the 8). The dilemma was resolved the minute I test drove the RS5. The car is decidedly a different animal. I had to have it!
So if you and your wife like the sound of the 8, you have no choice but to go with the RS. You will not be sorry you did.
Just be forewarned, the RS5 does not come with a spare tire. Not even a compact one. It has to do with weight reduction and the size of the brake calipers. You will have to get another wheel and tire as there aren't even compact spares that will fit the car. At least they had a doughnut spare in my 2011 S5. With the new cars they give you a can of fix a flat and tell you to call Audi Emergency Service. Having said that, I'm still happy I made the change to my 2014 Misano red on blk RS5 Coupe with sport exhaust, MMI+, 20 in. Titanium wheels and Driver Assist Pkg. Test drive the cars back to back. There is really no wrong decision here.
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If the sound and not the V8 is what you desire, why not the S5 and this:

http://www.capristouk.com/products/c...l#productnav01
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If price is not a factor, obviously get the RS5, it's not even a close decision. But I just don't understand you're underlying condition that there is not a major price difference between the S5 and RS5?

Btw, I own an S5, so it's not like I'm biased in favor of the RS5.
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In January I had just this decision to make. I had a 2011 Phantom Blk on Blk S5 Coupe prestige model fully optioned come off lease. My dilemma was whether to buy it or consider an RS5. ( I wouldn't even consider the 6cyl as I'm addicted to the sound of the 8). The dilemma was resolved the minute I test drove the RS5. The car is decidedly a different animal. I had to have it!
So if you and your wife like the sound of the 8, you have no choice but to go with the RS. You will not be sorry you did.
Just be forewarned, the RS5 does not come with a spare tire. Not even a compact one. It has to do with weight reduction and the size of the brake calipers. You will have to get another wheel and tire as there aren't even compact spares that will fit the car. At least they had a doughnut spare in my 2011 S5. With the new cars they give you a can of fix a flat and tell you to call Audi Emergency Service. Having said that, I'm still happy I made the change to my 2014 Misano red on blk RS5 Coupe with sport exhaust, MMI+, 20 in. Titanium wheels and Driver Assist Pkg. Test drive the cars back to back. There is really no wrong decision here.
Congrats on your purchase.

We test drove the RS a couple of weeks ago but I have been trying to get her to go test drive them back to back. This way she can get a good sense of the difference. Plus, with my S4 being 6MT she needs to drive both DSGs.



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To me, getting the APR or STASIS tune for the supercharged V6 is almost no risk.
This is my plan if the RS doesn't pan out but I would have to get the tune and then tell the wife. She doesn't worry about the power but wants it when she puts her foot down. The S has power but you can never have to much power unless you cannot get it to the ground safely.


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If price is not a factor, obviously get the RS5, it's not even a close decision. But I just don't understand you're underlying condition that there is not a major price difference between the S5 and RS5?

Btw, I own an S5, so it's not like I'm biased in favor of the RS5.
Price will always be a factor at some point and the way I looked at it is the price difference is roughly $15-$20K (new) and not $30-$50K. I cannot say that the cost is minimal but if a new one didn't work out I can find CPO'd RS5s w/sub 10K miles for low $60s.

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GO RS5... enough said. Its a limited vehicle with upgrades in areas such as brakes, suspension, and the like that you will pay a premium for in the aftermarket. Plus, regardless of Stasis matching the warranty you are not getting warranty work done at an Audi dealer for an issue caused by the Stasis products. Staying stock and if you can find a nice CPO vehicle you will get a great warranty on a very special car.

Oh, and drive it like you stole it.

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Hey I have a sepang blue RS5 and i have driven the S5. Let me tell you two things that will make you want the RS5. 1 The sound of the glorious 4.2 V8. 2 is much more rarer car and limited production.
For me it was a no brainier. RS5 all the way!!!
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To the average Joe, they may look like the same car, but to the driver, not even close. I went from a 2013 S5 to a 2014 RS5 and I can say from experience that the difference is startling, especially if you like to drive hard. The S5 is a great street car. The RS5 was built for the track and it feels like it. From the high revving V8 that loves to be pushed, to the pulse raising note of the sport exhaust, to the grippier breaks, to the remarkable suspension, the RS5 is a drivers car. Anyone complaining about low end torque doesn't know how to drive it. 333HP turbo V6 S5 or the 450HP naturally aspirated V8 RS5...the choice is easy if money's not an issue...the RS5 wins hands down. If you have to go with an S5, a great automobile in its own right, don't pass on the rear torque vectoring sports differential. It's a must have to fully enjoy the experience of driving that car. Oh, and about the average Joe not knowing the difference, maybe so, but I can tell you car guys know, and I get a lot more stares and people coming up to me at the gas station to see the car than I ever did in my S5.

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Ok I just traded in my 2011 B8 S4 for my new 2014 RS5, this past week. I loved the S4, but the RS 5 is a different machine. Different handling, different torque, but overall a great package like the S4. I considered an S5, but the RS5 with the Daytona Grey Pearl just blew me away and with the black optic package like my Ti S4 sealed the deal.
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