Audi has launched the new RS5 in India and it goes head-to-head against BMW’s head-turner, the M4 Coupe. Both being classic two-door sedan coupes with similar engines we couldn’t resist comparing the two to see which car fares better, at least on paper.
Well, because these are both performers, let us get to the absolute numbers straight away. The Audi RS5 is powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine which pumps out 444bhp of power and 600Nm of torque. The BMW M4, from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol, churns out exactly 444bhp of power and 550Nm of torque.
In terms of numbers, the RS5 seems to have an edge here because its power comes in at much lower in the rev range - 5700rpm for the Audi against 7000rpm for the BMW. Also, the higher torque of the Audi also kicks in at lower rev band than that of the Bimmer and when one adds the all-wheel drive Quattro to the equation, the Audi certainly takes the cake in terms of traction as well.
The Audi gets an entire suite of electronic aids like traction control, launch control, skid control along with the comprehensive electronic stability program. It offers driving modes, electronically adjustable suspension and steering responses as well. You also have a cocoon of safety in terms of the airbags.
The BMW gets all of these as well and its HUD display goes against Audi’s virtual cockpit. Electric seats, mirrors, sunroof and dual zone climate control among others are standard on both cars along with leather upholstery.
Looks and Styling
The Audi RS5 is a new generation car and it carries the new sharper version of the signature Audi design. Based on the A5, the air dams are larger, it gets the 19-inch alloy wheels and is hunkered down for better dynamics.
The BMW M4 looks aggressive with its twin-barrel LED headlamps, the creased hood and the flared wheel arches also housing 19-inch alloys.
If you are looking to get yourself a powerful sports coupe that you might also use every day, the Audi RS5 and the BMW M4 are both wonderful options. But the Audi offers better performance at a price that’s almost Rs 20 lakhs cheaper and that might just give it the necessary edge over the BMW when it comes to buying it.