Audi has fine-tuned many details of the RS 4 Avant and RS 5 Sportback and Coupé model ranges. The newly redesigned front section and the sporty interior with the new MMI touch operating system are the most prominent changes for this new performance Audi models.
VIP customer deliveries of the Audi RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback, and RS 5 Coupé have officially begun in South Africa as part of a pre-launch strategy ahead of the official retail launch from the 1st of April 2021.
The front section of the new RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback and Coupé is completely redesigned. The single frame is wider and flatter and just like its big RS brothers, the new models also feature the three-dimensional honeycomb structure in gloss black that is typical for the RS model series.
The shape of the LED headlights has also been redesigned. The matrix LED headlights (standard on the RS 5 range but optional on the RS 4 Avant) with darkened bezels complete the revised appearance of the high-performance models.
Both models have wider wheel arches which add to a sportier and powerful stance. Upon request or as part of the extended black styling package, the Audi rings and the RS nameplates can be painted black.
On the RS 4 Avant, the roof rails are matte aluminum, while black roof rails are available as a no-cost option. The RS-specific roof edge spoiler and the diffuser insert as well as the chrome tailpipes of the RS exhaust system give this sports wagon a distinct finish.
On the RS 5 models, the side sills and the diffuser insert at the rear end, which encloses the two large tailpipes of the exhaust system, have also been re-designed. The Coupé is fitted with a carbon roof with a CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) fibre structure which lowers the vehicle’s weight by just under four kilograms.
Both models come standard with the RS sport exhaust system which creates a particularly sporty sound experience and with 20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels. Horizontal lines and dark colours dominate the interior of the revised RS models, adding to the premium and spacious cabin. The RS sport seats are covered with fine Nappa leather in black or moon silver and honeycomb stitching as part of the standard offering.
As an upgrade, the RS design package adds some color to the interior for the control elements such as the steering wheel, selector lever, and knee pads that are fitted with Alcantara covers with red contrasting stitching amongst others.
The new operating concept of the two RS model ranges is concentrated on a 10.1-inch MMI touch display. The large, free-standing display with acoustic feedback is slightly inclined toward the driver. The standard infotainment system which is MMI navigation plus, includes a specific RS monitor that provides the driver with information on the drive temperature, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the Quattro sport differential, the tire pressure, and the tire temperature.
The Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3-inch display in full HD resolution) is another standard offering across both RS model ranges. The driver can select between multiple graphic views namely classic, dynamic, and sport.
The optional head-up display also offers exclusive RS graphics and the standard Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D sound completes both model ranges with acoustic excellence. The innovative and forward-thinking features of Audi connect are now available in the RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback, and Coupé. The technology delivers top-of-the-line connectivity.
It features an embedded SIM, and Audi’s connect portfolio. The latter ranges from online traffic information, point of interest search, navigation with satellite map, and live weather updates. The Audi connect functionality also includes Car2X services which consist of standard safety and service features in the event of damage, breakdown, or minor accidents.
This functionality (through a built-in emergency button in the vehicle’s roof module) allows an emergency safety or service call to an Audi call center to support in any event. Additional functionality, accessible through the MyAudi application, includes remote functions that connect the new RS model with the driver’s smartphone. This includes car finder, remote lock or unlocking, speed, and theft alerts, to mention a few.
The 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6 engine of the RS 4 and 5 models remains unchanged. It produces 331kW of power and 600Nm of torque. A quick-shifting eight-speed Tiptronic directs the power of the engine to the Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. The driver can control the gear change via the new larger aluminum shift paddles. The Quattro drivetrain provides the RS models with the right amount of additional traction, dynamism, and stability, regardless of the weather.
The handling is made even sportier with the optional sport differential at the rear axle, which distributes the torque actively between the wheels. All models come standard with the RS sports suspension which provides a comfortable on-road driving experience.
The new Audi RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback, and Coupé will oofficially go on sale in South Africa from the 1st of April this year. Pre-deliveries to select customers who had pre-ordered the vehicle will be rewarded for their brand affinity as part of Audi South Africa’s pre-launch strategy.