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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    Silly Question: 16' RS7 vs '18 A5

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    Hey guys, I know this will be a very silly question but I am still very curious to hear your thoughts. I own a 2016 Audi RS7 currently (with DRC), it is currently at Audi for repair and they gave me a brand new Audi A5 as a loaner. Aside from the tech upgrades the A5 has (like virtual cockpit which are awesome IMO), I wanted to ask a question specific to the sensation of speed (seat throw back)

    When I was driving the A5 it felt very quick and snappy (even tho it has far less HP), like it would throw you into your seat. Obviously the 0-60 times are much faster with the RS7. But curious why the sensation of speed in the A5 will jolt you into your seat vs the RS7 it much smoother through its throttle band. Is this due to some suspension differences between the 2 cars? Is it me just being stupid and totally incorrect? I understand the RS7 is a much heavier car it was just odd to feel the differences.

    Feel free to troll me because I know how stupid this question must seem.
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    Active Member Two Rings baka's Avatar
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    Just my experience but some cars feel much faster accelerating than others.

    I've always found smooth naturally aspirated engines (especially straight sixes) and four wheel drive, seems to hide the sensation of acceleration.

    FWD's and diesels always seem to feel faster than they really are. Probably the big slug of torque and scrabbling for grip.

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by audi021 View Post
    Your car is broke if thatís real ...
    Haha, I probably should have been more clear, I am by no means saying that the 2 cars are even close to comparable. My RS7 absolutely feels faster by a long shot but its also 2.5x the horsepower. All I meant is that for some reason it doesnt feel like 3x the horsepower because the RS7 is able to make it much smoother for some reason. I think its probably because the chassis, seats, suspension absorb so much of the kick back. Just wanted to get the experts thoughts

    My friends always comments in my RS7 how smooth it feels even though we have gone 0-60 in a very short amount of time, vs for example a car with lower HP that jolts you (not always a great feeling). I honestly am praising the RS7 for being so smooth even though its so quick. Just curious if anyone knew why that is.
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    Registered Member Two Rings rey_reysA7's Avatar
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    I feel that a lot of it is the zf 8hp transmission shifts very fast and that is something your friends aren't used to.
    Comparing the RS7 to the A5 I think the suspension squatting on the A5 gives you the feel of being thrown back.

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    You got the point, because the rs7 is very smooth acceleration wise. When stock, it has to be in dynamic,manual shift, then I can definitely feel the hard pull which throw me into the seat.
    If you tune the car, that is different story.
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    You will get the same sensation from a Honda Civic...lol Probably because the gear box, shocks and struts and engine noise are not set up for sudden acceleration. Its called "I'm in a slow car but it feels like its about to fall apart when accelerating hard" placebo affect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by db12 View Post
    You will get the same sensation from a Honda Civic...lol Probably because the gear box, shocks and struts and engine noise are not set up for sudden acceleration. Its called "I'm in a slow car but it feels like its about to fall apart when accelerating hard" placebo affect.
    Ahh that explains why so many of them wanna race me lol
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    RS7 = effortless in many aspects.
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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    Your speed in the RS is being masked much better than the A5. Mainly due to heavier car, better suspension, quieter interior, better gear box, smoother power delivery etc etc. I had cars that were slow as f but they sure felt fast with the overly firm ride, rough gear changes, noisey engine and lightweight feel but they really werenít fast. Whatís funny is my 205 1.9gti felt faster but it only done 60 in 8 seconds 😂

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    I had a 205 1.9gti in my 20's, definitely one of the fastest feeling (and best handling) cars I've owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baka View Post
    I had a 205 1.9gti in my 20's, definitely one of the fastest feeling (and best handling) cars I've owned.
    Very fun cars for sure. I managed to smash the thing up after only a few weeks. They going up in value pretty good now.

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    Ouch, I did the same to a 200sx s13, had it all of 5 weeks.

    Me and a friend often say if we'd had a barn to stick all our old cars in we'd be rich! 205's, MK1 Golfs, e30's, etc.



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