Many details of the RS 4 Avant and RS 5 model ranges (Sportback and Coupé) have been fine-tuned by Audi. The athletic ambitions of these new performance models are emphasized by the newly built front section and the sporty interior with the new MMI touch operating system.
In both model ranges, the high-torque twin-turbo V6 with a power output of 331 kW applies an impressive 600 Nm of torque. As part of a pre-launch strategy, VIP consumer deliveries of the Audi RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback and RS 5 Coupé have officially started in South Africa ahead of the official retail launch on 1 April 2021.
Here Are The Updated Features of RS 4 Avant and RS 5 family
Streamlined and muscular: the construction of the exterior
The front section has been entirely redesigned for the new RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sport back and Coupé. The Single frame is wider and flatter, and the latest models also feature the three-dimensional gloss black honeycomb structure that is common for the RS model series, much like its huge RS brothers. The Single Frame is built without a frame to give it a clean look. With the wide lateral air inlets and vertical flaps in a modern, pentagonal cut, the new egg-crate grille with the RS logo is integrated directly into the bumper.
The matte aluminium styling package is the standard exterior appearance offering with the optional packages of gloss black or carbon/black which give the attachments at the front, rear, side sills and exterior mirror housings an even more individual look. Upon request or 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 designed in matte aluminium look as standard, 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 the vehicle a distinct finish.
The side sills and the diffuser insert at the rear end, which encloses the two large exhaust system tailpipes, have also been redesigned for the RS 5 models. The Coupé has a carbon roof with a CFRP fibre frame that decreases the weight of the vehicle by just under four kilograms. With the RS sport exhaust system, both models come standard, which produces an especially sporty sound experience and 20′ Audi Sport alloy wheels.
The interior of the revised RS models is dominated by horizontal lines and dark colours that contribute to a premium and spacious cabin. In tandem with the standard contour ambient lighting kit, LED light guides trace the contours of the doors and center console, doing so in up to 30 different colours.
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 colour to the interior of the cars and includes control elements such as the steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are fitted with Alcantara covers with red contrasting stitching; armrests in the doors in black Fine Nappa leather with contrasting stitching in crescendo red; side centre console in black Alcantara with contrasting stitching in crescendo red; seat belts at the front and outer rear seats in black with a red border; floor mats in black with contrasting stitching in crescendo red and RS lettering on the front.
A 10.1-inch MMI touch display is the subject of the latest operating concept of the two RS model ranges. Slightly inclined toward the driver is the big, free-standing monitor with acoustic feedback. The standard MMI navigation plus infotainment system includes a basic RS display that provides the driver with drive temperature, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, sport differential quattro, tyre pressure and tyre temperature information.
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 – classic; dynamic and sport, suited to a layout preference. With the new RS-specific performance design view (specifically applicable to RS models and available at an upgradable option), the rotational speed scale is displayed as a kind of angle that includes a shift light display.
When the driver uses the RS mode steering wheel button to select one of the two new individual RS modes, the RS-specific performance design opens up and displays the maximum g-acceleration values, for example. 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.
In the RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback and Coupé, Audi connect is now available with its revolutionary and forward-thinking features. The technology offers networking top-of-the-line. It features an embedded SIM and a comprehensive portfolio of Audi connections. The latter varies from traffic information online, point of interest quest, satellite map navigation and live weather updates. Car2X services that consist of standard safety and service features in the event of injury, breakdown or minor accidents are also included in the Audi connect functionality.
This feature (through the built-in emergency button in the roof module of the vehicle) enables emergency protection or service calls to be supported by an Audi call centre in any case. Additional features, accessible through the MyAudi framework, include remote functions that network the smartphone of the driver with the latest RS model. This includes, to name a few, the car finder, remote lock/unlocking, speed and theft warnings.
The RS 4 Avant offers outstanding usability in daily life. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 495 litres, which, with the rear seats folded down and cargo loaded to the roof, increases to 1,495 litres. As standard, the luggage compartment lid and the luggage compartment cover are operated electrically. A towing hitch for the trailer that can be electrically unlocked at the push of a button is also available upon request.
The new RS models can also assist the driver in many situations. With the many driver assistance and parking systems on board, such as lane change assist (standard); 360 degree camera and park assist (optional City Assistance Package); adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and Audi active lane assist (optional Assistance Package), the performance models are a safe travelling companion.
The drive: traction, dynamism, and stability
The 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6, the heart of the RS 4 and 5 models, produces an unchanged 331 kW output and already delivers a whopping 600 Nm of torque at a speed of 1,900 rpm. In 3.9 seconds, both models accelerate from zero to 100 km/h and, upon request, achieve a maximum speed of up to 280 km/h.
A quick-shifting eight-speed tiptronic directs the power of the engine to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The driver can control the gear change via the new larger aluminium shift paddles. The quattro drivetrain provides the RS models with the crucial 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.
Availability and local pricing
In South Africa, the latest Audi RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback and Coupé will officially go on sale on 1 April 2021. As part of Audi’s South Africa pre-launch plan, pre-deliveries to select customers who have pre-ordered the vehicle will be rewarded for their brand affinity.
The RS models are priced as follows (including all taxes) and have a five-year Audi Freeway Plan as standard:
Audi RS 4 Avant quattro TFSI R 1,296,000
Coupé Audi RS 5 TFSI quattro R1,394,500
Sport back TFSI quattro R1,409,500 Audi RS 5