2013, Audi, RS5

Our friends at Automobile Magazine took the time to compile the most fuel-efficient performance cars available, and the Audi RS5 was deemed fuel efficient enough to be included. The list’s criterion for inclusion was simple: be equipped with an engine that makes at least 400 horsepower.

Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 engine exceeds the minimum horsepower requirement by 50. With 450 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque being routed to all four wheels through a 7-speed DSG transmission, the RS5 rips to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. The very same quick-shifting transmission that helps the RS5 achieve such quick acceleration figures also gives the car decidedly respectable fuel economy on the highway. A tall seventh-gear allows the RS5 to travel 100 kilometers on approximately 10.2 liters of fuel.

Yet the transmission doesn’t deserve all of the credit, as the race-inspired V8 engine works to provide surprisingly good fuel economy in the city as well, burning approximately 14.7 liters of fuel over the course of 100 kilometers.

Automobile Magazine admits the list is a bit of an oxymoron, as buyers looking for performance often don’t mix with those looking for fuel economy. Still if this list does anything, it provides hope to performance-minded enthusiasts entering a fuel-economy obsessed future.

There are more powerful and fuel-efficient cars on Automobile’s list, but buyers will be hard-pressed to find another car with the combination of beauty, speed, luxury and raw performance the Audi RS5 offers. To view the rest of the list go to, and visit Royal Oak Audi to learn more about the 2013 Audi RS5.

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