Let us say that the 2013 RS5 aged very well

Audi RS5Bridging the generation gap between two performance-focused models, one that’s older and one that’s newer, is never an easy task for carmakers. The newcomer is expected to be better in every aspect, but what happens when the old one is still capable of exciting the senses?

Throttle House’s new versus old Audi RS5 head-to-head makes for a neat case study.

It’s not about old vs new as much as about what you feel

If you’re in the market for a 2020 Audi RS5 Sportback, the engine you get is a 2.9-liter, 444-horsepower, 443-pound-feet of torque, twin-turbo mill. Mated to an eight-speed auto, the powerplant can move the RS5 from a standstill to 60 mph, aided by the Quattro all-wheel-drive setup, in 3.3 seconds.

Seven years ago, however, Audi was selling the 2013 RS5. Unlike its successor, this one had a naturally-aspirated 450-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 under the hood, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 317 pound-feet of torque reached all fours in a 40-60 split between the front and rear axle, allowing the RS5 to zap from zero to 60 mph in four seconds flat.

Here's How a 2013 Audi RS5 Stacks Up Against a 2020 Audi RS5 Sportback
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So, what else is different about these two other than the powertrains and bragging rights they pack? Well, quite a lot of stuff. Obviously, the 2013 RS5 is of the more analog ilk - the infotainment is older and the cabin is not built to mimic your smartphone. In a nutshell, it’s more about what you can feel and what it triggers inside you than what you can see, touch, and swipe.

That doesn’t make the current RS5 a lesser car or a slouch. The twin-turbo V-6 is nothing to play with and while it won’t offer the desired feel of a naturally-aspirated V-8 (at least in our book), it’s still going to make your day on the Autobahn or whenever you feel like shooting away once the traffic light turns red - the 3.3-second 0-60 sprint is a definite testament to its performance prowess.

Here's How a 2013 Audi RS5 Stacks Up Against a 2020 Audi RS5 Sportback
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Then again, cars shouldn’t be judged on what they offer on paper, so it’s best we let the video do the talking.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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