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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.


Thanks in advance,

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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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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.
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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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,

Dave
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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.

Thanks again to everyone
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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,

Dave
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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