SPECS
Horsepower
266 HP
Torque
311 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3583 LB
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
Engine Size
2.0 L
Transmission Type
Manual
Top Speed
190 MPH
MPG (City/Highway)
24/31 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

My name is John, I'm 17 at the time of writing this, and this is my 2012 Audi A5. I learned to drive when I was in middle school, with my dad taking me and letting me drive our luxury beater car (our beloved 1999 Mercedes E320, god bless her). I racked up miles driving it after getting my permit and provisional, and drove it from the age of 15 to 17. After working (I was a paid CIW and CompTia certified web developer and computer technician) from 15 to 17, I'd saved quite a bit of money, always talking about my desire to drive an Audi sports car.  So, as I was gong to various dealerships and independent sellers, looking at things from used M3s and S2000s, to Mr2s and Porsche 944s, I saw the Audi S5, and fell in love with the entire 5 series. Over the summer, I'd taken an ASE mechanic certification class, and I'd previously been certified in Networking, Programming and Computer repair, so I wanted a car where I'd be able to apply some of my skill and DIY knowledge. I also wanted something that looked Supercar Sexy.  As I went to test drive this car, against the wishes of my mom, who dislikes the love of high end technology and cars that my father and I share, my father saw the ad too, and decided to tag along for the test drive. He prefers automatics, but he thought the car was a perfect fit after seeing how well I interacted with it and how happy it made me.  So the same day, which was about 2 days after my September birthday, we talked to the salesman and set things up.  I had went to test drive my dream car, and 3 days later, I ended up paying the down payment and fees, with my dad agreeing to pay off the car seeing that I was able to pay a significant chunk of money towards it. Like the stereotypical crazy middle - aged man in a fast car that he is, he drove it home, dipping between lanes and genuinely enjoying a feeling reminiscent to his '90s Nissans. Part of the way home, we swapped keys, as I was driving his Lexus SUV, and we drove our cars home.  The gist is that I was able to use my skills to save money, and my dad saw my hard work and helped me out. An information technology job without having to pay taxes (under 18) is a beautiful thing. Now I'm a member of A50C, and a very eligible Prom Date :)  The car came with the Tech Package, B&O sound, 6 speed manual transmission, and an APR Stage 1 tune. And it's the only Audi model I know of with a 50/50 weight distribution. I added the spoiler in december, have done basic Hidden Menu / VAG Com mods, and I plan to lower it on coilovers, get concave wheels and Bridgestone Potenzas, and do some type of crazy performance mod.  I wanted to drop an R8 engine in it down the road, because I feel like dropping an LS in it would be the easy way out. The 4 - banger is smooth, but quiet and punchy. It's pretty fast, but a car with looks like these should probably have a better Power to Weight ratio. An Ls wouldn't add much weight, but the power makes me drool... Unfortunately, I have no idea how to get the ECU and Auxiliary systems if the Audi to talk to any ECU that isn't the 4 cylinder's so if anyone reads this and is interested or knowledgeable, please speak :) Anyways, thanks for reading! I love my car! Plan on keeping it as long as I can, even if it has to be completely rebuilt.

Discuss this build

[]John Clendenin

Nice! That's my local shop too! Quite a drive from where I am, but I'm thinking of going with Bilstein B12. I lie the progressive load characteristic vs the sketchy performance of available coilover suspensions for the 5 line.

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Not yet but I will, bilstein b16's will end up on my car. I'm probably going to use new german performance or rrp to set everything up.

[]John Clendenin

Those guys are nothing short of genius. And I think I'll start a YT channel or figure out how to document my progress, and I'll be sure to let you know. Quick question though -Do you by any chance have experience with Bilstein Suspensions?

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Check out the RWB 911's this is one of his many builds. Radical, way over the top, ludicrous, sexy as hell m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5OLvgVen0

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

John is the man that's for sure. I can't wait to see the concept you come up with. All projects are multi stages and evolve over time as we grow and learn.

[]John Clendenin

My dream is to design performance cars, and I'm totally fine with my own car being the guinea pig for my crazy teenage dream.

[]John Clendenin

You know, you are very right. That's the 'murican in me speaking. I'm going to focus on lighter weight and handling. There is no reason why I should have to compromise my time and money on something that won't be seamless. It will be expensive and time consuming, but I think that I want to take the John Hennessey approach. When I get the money, after doing my basic bolt - ons, seats, maybe water/meth, I'm going to take my car into a body shop, along with some CAD sketches, and make myself a carbon - bodied supercar.

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Different platform, different engine. Believe me I've looked at ls swaps into everything from rx7s to miatas to 300zxs to Chevy trailblazer ss. I just don't have the time or space for a full on project car. Some of the most fun track cars I've used were under powered. An engine swap into your car is doable but it's going to cost you big bucks and a lot of time.

[]John Clendenin

I envy those high - power numbers so much :(

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

It's going to happen. Nothing too crazy a ltitle boost, methanol, lots of suspension stuff. Well until the turbos need replacing ;) then we'll add a bit of power.

[]John Clendenin

Taking care of the car always comes before insane performance. I'd be really interested in following your build, especially if you turn that beast into even more of a sleeper

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

So far it's been very reliable but I've only had the car since October. I'm pretty sure that it's stock right now but that will change soon. I've a lot of routine maintenance to catch up on. Timing belt, water punp, a bunch of gaskets and fluids etc. This is the next package of stuff. blauparts.com/proddetail.asp?prod=GH21132-C

[]John Clendenin

I worship sleepers like the RS 6 and 4. Has the car been reliable under tuning so far?

[]John Clendenin

That's pretty disappointing, however if it's a quick fix, you have yourself a beast! I love the resilience of modern stick shifts, as the clutch and flywheel are the most common mods to take high horsepower.

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

No its a 5 speed zf model (5HP24A) it just can't deal with high horsepower/torque. Mostly it's the torque converter that's weak at more than stock power. These were the first rs cars in the usa.

[]John Clendenin

The older RS cars are gods. Whats wrong with the transmission, is it an early - model DSG/ Paddle?

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

It's a monster in stock form and VERY affordable. Check out the list of mods pending. 500hp is a tune away. The only weak link is the transmission which has a couple of fixes.

[]John Clendenin

It's going to be a while, but thanks! I'm still a high school hoonigan. I'm loving the RS6 I saw on your page!

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Believe me I know what you mean. I've driven quite a few peaky turbo engines. I wish you the best with your project I will be following with great interest.

[]John Clendenin

Believe me, with modern engineering, I know 400+ HP is doable with a 4 Cylinder. But it sounds so underwhelming and the lag and lack of low and high - end power output really kills me with this particular engine. Even with the tune, passing and performance driving are a hassle due to the low compression and the underwhelming wait for boost.

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Launch control with your dsg is a massive edge. Check out my friends 2.0 beetle. He's a tuner too wheelwell.com/profile/5534325c54cc67a12225209f/garage

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Believe me I've read that thread carefully several times. Judas is a beast! 400 hp from your engine is totally doable. Check this vid outhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uXKbHyv2eak

[]John Clendenin

Thanks, man! And yes, I am thinking about swapping engines, and I need to figure out how to supply a more powerful, but equally light engine that works with everything (AC, Auxiliary computers) else in the car. I saw an older RS6 (Judas) with an LS in it that retained AWD, but with the new computer systems in Audi/Porsche/VW/Lambo, I'm cautious. I'm curious to see whether or not I can adapt ad get the ECU to talk with everything else.

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Nice choice in car and tuner. Reading your build list are you thinking of an engine swap?

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