Rennsport assault continues
Audi Australia announces pricing and specification for the new RS 4 Avant and RS 5 models.
Topping out the A4 and A5 model ranges respectively, the RS 4 Avant and RS 5 models are the latest Audi Sport models to be zeroing in on Australia.
20 July, 2020
All three models use the potent 2.9-litre TFSI V6 engine with twin turbochargers, developing an impressive 331kW of power and a 600Nm of torque
For those familiar with the Audi Sport RS range, the RS 4 Avant and the RS 5 Coupé and Sportback need no introduction. Hugely powerful, beautifully finished and appointed performance cars that represent the top of their respective model lines.
Now, the latest iteration of these high-performance specialists are available in Australia, or at least will be in dealerships from Thursday this week (24.7.20).
“The Audi RS 4 and RS 5 performance vehicles occupy a sweet spot in the Audi RS range, offering an outstanding combination of striking street presence, functional usability, impressive equipment and of course, an extraordinary driving experience,’ says Paul Sansom, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
These new models feature sharper styling than ever before, even more impressive equipment and of course the performance and handling that comes with the coveted RS badge.
The stunning styling speaks for itself, the RS 4 Avant ($147,900*) one of the sharpest and most aggressively styled wagons on the market and the RS 5 Coupé and Sportback (both $150,900*) with their own distinctive style – a performance coupé beautifully reimagined for the modern day and Audi’s own Sportback styling, bringing coupe-like lines to a five-door configuration.
All three models use the potent 2.9-litre TFSI V6 engine with twin turbochargers, developing an impressive 331kW of power and a 600Nm of torque that is available from 1900 right through to 5000rpm. Zero to 100km/h disappears in 3.9 seconds for the RS 5 models, while the RS 4 Avant adds two tenths of a second more for a 4.1 second sprint.
All use the eight-speed tiptronic transmission and of course quattro delivers the power to all four wheels with a standard torque split of 40:60 front to rear. This distribution though can be altered to allow up to 85 percent of torque to go direct to the rear wheels as required, and the quattro sport differential can provide further adjustment, directing almost all of the rear axle’s torque to either wheel when you decide to get really serious.
Sport suspension too is standard equipment and ensures the best possible combination of ride and handling while they also receive the new RS 1 and RS 2 modes in the Audi Drive select for the first time. Accessed using a button on the multi-function steering wheel, this new function allows the driver to preset two driving modes – effecting suspension, drive and steering – so that they can be accessed with the simple press of the button. Preset for a particularly dynamic setup, and should you happen on the right road, you can transform the car’s driving dynamics to suit in an instant.
Equipment is as impressive as the performance, with both the RS 5 Coupe and Sportback also coming equipped with Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light. The darkened, lower segment of the headlight includes the laser spot and a large, X-shaped metal aperture with an exposed blue light guide. The laser spot is activated at a speed of 70km/h and further extends the range of the high beam, which already boasts particularly high performance.
Accessed using a button on the multi-function steering wheel, the RS function allows the driver to preset two driving modes – tailoring suspension, drive and steering
These new models feature a sharp gloss black exterior package in gloss black, but those who prefer the matt aluminium finish can select this at no charge
The RS 4 Avant comes equipped with Matrix LED headlights, and all models feature the ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Leaving Home’ light show when the car is locked and unlocked.
All three models ride on standard 20-inch Audi Sport wheels, and there are select 20-inch wheel options also available, including a special milled wheel available in matte bronze which is spectacular (pictured on the RS 5 Sportback).
Then there are the gloss red RS brake calipers and of course the RS sports exhaust system with the distinctive RS oval exhaust tips finished in gloss black.
Indeed these new models feature a sharp gloss black exterior package in gloss black, but those who prefer the matt aluminium finish can select this at no charge. There are also a number of optional styling packages to allow customers to fine tune the appearance to their tastes, with the matt aluminium styling package, carbon and black styling package and the RS design package in red for the interior with Alcantara highlights.
Metallic paint is standard and there are eight colours to choose from as well as three interior colour treatments.
And the interiors, as you would expect are works of art in their own right. RS heated sport seats in fine Nappa leather with honeycomb stitching, four-way lumbar support and massage function, stainless steel pedals, illuminated RS door trims, extended upholstery package, that wonderful flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel are just the beginning.
Both the new RS 4 Avant and the new RS 5 Coupé and Sportback feature interior surface accents in an elegant black gloss finish as standard and then there are items like the privacy glass, panoramic sunroof and electric tailgate with gesture control for the RS 4 Avant and RS 5 Sportback.
Likewise infotainment and connectivity are of the highest standard with special RS displays in the standard Audi virtual cockpit plus providing information on everything from tyre pressure to torque and g-forces. Additionally, both models offer Audi Smartphone Interface, Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System (19 speakers, 755 watts), Digital radio DAB+ and Audi phone box light for the convenience of wireless charging. Audi connect plus infotainment, connectivity, security and safety functions are standard, thanks to the embedded SIM card.
Safety and driver assistance is state-of-the-art with a wealth of systems – some obvious and some undetectable until needed – that include the likes of head-up display, 360-degree cameras, adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go and traffic jam assist, park assist, Audi pre-sense front and rear, active lane assist, alarm and exterior mirrors with auto dimming functions. The Audi RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Coupé and RS 5 Sportback arrive from this week bringing with them the promise of high-performance nirvana, but also presenting customers with an increasingly difficult choice to make. Which one?
Learn more about the Audi Sport range at audi.com.au
(*Manufacturer List Pricing [MLP] – excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)
Safety and driver assistance is state-of-the-art with a wealth of systems on hand
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