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      07-21-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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Audi RS 5 US Pricing Announced

The Audi RS 5 will start at $68,900 base price. While the car is gorgeous does anyone else feel that is a little steep compared to the competition? I mean, the M3 as far as I can remember started at $58,000 base. A little steep compared to its main rivals. I wonder if the car comes fully loaded for the US? What do you folks think?


I posted this in e general automotive section but not many of you venture into that forum.
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      07-21-2012, 01:16 AM   #2
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I'll have to Google the specs as I know nothing about it.
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      07-21-2012, 01:45 AM   #3
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I don't think the price is actually too bad, considering what M3's cost at the moment. I wouldn't buy the RS5 though as it's a bit heavy and cumbersome (so I've read) but I wouldn't mind test driving one and seeing what it's like
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      07-21-2012, 05:22 AM   #4
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I think the price is about right, especially if you load up an M3 like mine. I priced an RS5 on Audi's site and it ended up being within $3K of my 2011 M3's sticker price. If you want a stripped-down model, then the M is cheaper because the RS5 can't get as stripped. Plus, the one I configured had an option not available on the M...Adaptive Cruise Control.

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      07-21-2012, 05:32 AM   #5
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Also, you can build and price one on Audiusa's site now. It's kind of hidden, but it is there under "All Models" heading at the top of the page.
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      07-21-2012, 07:26 AM   #6
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Nope, its priced right for the segment.

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The Audi RS 5 will start at $68,900 base price. While the car is gorgeous does anyone else feel that is a little steep compared to the competition? I mean, the M3 as far as I can remember started at $58,000 base. A little steep compared to its main rivals. I wonder if the car comes fully loaded for the US? What do you folks think?


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It comes with about everything people want other than Nav. Add that and you're looking at $73K sticker. My M3 is $72K sticker as a manual ZCP. They are right on top of each other.

The RS5 is more of a GT car I think... I waited on their release to see if they were going to have a 6sp option and ordered the M3 a couple of days after finding out the US gets DSG only. I'm no fan of Audis 4.2L either but having owned 6 Audis over the past 15yrs I wanted to make sure I at least considered one.

Also I'll tell you its a much bigger car in feel having come from an '11 S4 myself. Audi has taken the B8/B9 platform up 1/2 a notch like BMW has on the F3X so if you like the smaller car size you may be disappointed as I was with mine.
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      07-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #7
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starting at!!!?! a reasonably optioned M3 checks out at $67k...

That means with all the bells and whistles, the car might be pushing $80k. What are the standard features? DSG?
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starting at!!!?! a reasonably optioned M3 checks out at $67k...

That means with all the bells and whistles, the car might be pushing $80k. What are the standard features? DSG?
I believe the Fat Ass is a standard feature
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It comes with about everything people want other than Nav. Add that and you're looking at $73K sticker. My M3 is $72K sticker as a manual ZCP. They are right on top of each other.

The RS5 is more of a GT car I think... I waited on their release to see if they were going to have a 6sp option and ordered the M3 a couple of days after finding out the US gets DSG only. I'm no fan of Audis 4.2L either but having owned 6 Audis over the past 15yrs I wanted to make sure I at least considered one.

Also I'll tell you its a much bigger car in feel having come from an '11 S4 myself. Audi has taken the B8/B9 platform up 1/2 a notch like BMW has on the F3X so if you like the smaller car size you may be disappointed as I was with mine.
Thanks. Was looking at this car before I decided on a 2013 M3 coupe. How much lighter is the M3 than the RS5?
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so they give the s5 the 4.2L. Then take it away and give it a SC v6, then they release the rs5 with the same 4.2L as the s5 for about $15,000 more and don't offer it in a manual.

audi should have just kept the 4.2L in the s5 and made the RS5 really something special (and not 3,900 lbs), I feel like the the RS and M brands are just not want they used to be anymore. Im worried about the direction of this class of cars.

edit: and it still cannot beat their one main rival in that car class, the m3..
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      07-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #11
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Not much talk about the Audi rs5
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      07-21-2012, 11:48 AM   #13
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so they give the s5 the 4.2L. Then take it away and give it a SC v6, then they release the rs5 with the same 4.2L as the s5 for about $15,000 more and don't offer it in a manual.

audi should have just kept the 4.2L in the s5 and made the RS5 really something special (and not 3,900 lbs), I feel like the the RS and M brands are just not want they used to be anymore. Im worried about the direction of this class of cars.

edit: and it still cannot beat their one main rival in that car class, the m3..
You might want to read up on the RS5 V8 vs the S5 V8. Also, as mentioned the starting price likely includes most features but I'm sure final MSRPs will be slightly higher than M3.

This could be my next car down the road a few years, mainly for the Quattro but also the performance isn't that far off the M3. RS5 is an awesome GT car.
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i just built my own rs5 and then compared it a e92 m3 i built and they are actually the same price with the same options checked off. the rs5 starting price is high but you get alot of things standard on the audi whereas in the bmw you have to add them on...generally how the two companies work across their range of cars. the rs5 can get very expensive if you add EVERYTHING but i didnt add on the cc brakes or the little things so in the end i would have to say it comes down to the individual...do you want a rs5 or a m3? imo i think audi screwed themselves over for not bringing this car to the states earlier but recently i found out that audi dgaf about their sales or anything really. they live in their own world
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Drove one in Germany... awesome car, fit and finish is exceptional, and the stock exhaust note is incredible. Fantastic GT, but quite a pig, and mediocre steering. Not really a true M3 rival, but a beautiful car by itself.
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      07-21-2012, 03:04 PM   #16
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Saw one at my local dealer today white/black with 20 inch titanium package it looked great...only problem with car is 4020lb weight and no manual option otherwise its solid!
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This is a good, all season GT car that will give both comfort and better performance than most cars out on the road, but it's not something I can see that would compete with the M3 or C63 AMG. Most of the owners will probably never see the track in this car, but will be more than enough for them in the normal world because as some may know, most of the forum members here live in Top Gear land.
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Saw one at my local dealer today white/black with 20 inch titanium package it looked great...only problem with car is 4020lb weight and no manual option otherwise its solid!
I guess they're trying to compete with the E93
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I guess they're trying to compete with the E93
Good point! also cost e93 $ at 80K.
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At least Audi does give you the option of adding ceramic brakes. I don't understand why BMW can't offer a brake upgrade. At very least they should have put better calipers in the M
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My M3 stickered for $76K. The RS5 does as well as I would order it. It is a shame that they waited so long to come out with this car in America. The target is the F8x M3 not the E9X.
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