Interesting comparison here of the Audi A5 2.0T quattro against the Lexus IS 350C. Any doubts about the winner?
Although the Audi gives away 95 horses to the 3.5-liter V-6 found in the Lexus, the A5 2.0T with the standard 6-speed manual transmission doesn’t feel as down on power as you’d expect with just a 4-cylinder engine under the hood. In our testing, the all-wheel-drive car scooted to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, just 0.7 sec. off the IS 350C. More important, the Audi exhibits far better handling manners, pulling 0.94g on the skidpad and hitting 68.9 mph through the slalom, easily bettering the underwhelming 0.81g and 64.5 mph ratings of the 250-lb.-heavier Lexus.
As a result, the Audi feels far more lively, and it’s quite entertaining to row through the 6-speed gearbox.