Audi Sport has definitely been busy, unveiling an expansive range of new and updated RS models this year, from the all-new RS Q8 to the RS6 Avant. The performance division hasn’t quite finished yet either, taking the covers off the Audi RS5 Coupe and Audi RS5 Sportback overnight, revealing the 2020 model year with sharper styling and new tech, with styling cues inspired by the incoming RS6 and RS7.
The Singleframe is now wider and flatter than before, with implied air vents above the grille being reminiscent of the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. The wheel arches, which are 40 millimeters wider, give the RS 5 an impressive appearance and aggressive stance. The optional matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light feature darkened bezels, which clearly set the two RS models apart from any regular A5 model, and large, strongly contoured air inlets have been given a new, pentagonal cut.
The side sills and the rear diffuser, which encloses the two large tailpipes of the exhaust system, have also been redesigned. The gloss black, matt aluminium, and carbon styling packages give the attachments at the front and rear ends and the side sills an even more individual look. The four rings and RS logos can be designed in black upon request. Turbo Blue and Tango Red have also been added to the colour palette for 2020. The RS 5 Coupé is fitted with a carbon roof with a CFRP fiber structure, lowering the vehicle’s weight by just under four kilograms.
Horizontal lines and dark colors take main focus of the interior for the revised RS 5 models. The RS sport seats are covered with Alcantara and leather as standard, alternatively fine Nappa leather can be optioned. The RS design package which features red or gray accents is also available upon request. The steering wheel and selector lever, as well as the knee pads are fitted with Alcantara covers with red or gray contrasting stitching.
“The revision of the RS 5 Coupé and RS 5 Sportback marks the successful conclusion of our 25th anniversary and the renewal of our model range,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “Thanks to the standard permanent quattro drive, they occupy a special position in their segment.”
Both the RS 5 Coupé and RS 5 Sportback now come with a new 10.1-inch MMI touch display. The large, free-standing display with acoustic feedback is slightly angled toward the driver. If buyers option the top of the range infotainment system, ‘MMI Navigation Plus’, a specific RS monitor will show the driver information on the drive temperature, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the quattro sport differential, the tire pressure and the tire temperature.
The optional Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3-inch display) allow the driver to select between multiple screens – including RS-specific performance design, which displays the rotational speed scale as a kind of angle that includes a shift light display. When the driver presses 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. The optional head-up display also offers exclusive RS graphics.
Power for 2020 remains unchanged. The 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6 delivers 331 kW and 600 Nm of torque. Both RS 5 models will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of up to 280 km/h.
All that power and torque is sent to Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a quick-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmission, with the driver able to perform gear changes via the new, larger aluminum shift paddles. The quattro drivetrain provides the two RS models with the crucial amount of additional traction, dynamism, and stability, regardless of the weather, and with the optional sport differential at the rear axle (which distributes the torque actively between the wheels), the handling is made even sharper.
The two RS 5 models arrive standard with a taut RS sport suspension fitted. The RS sport suspension plus with the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) hydraulic roll and pitch stabilization is available as an option. It uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve. When cornering at speed, the valves regulate the oil flow in the damper of the spring-deflected front wheel at the outside of the curve. They reinforce the support and reduce pitching and rolling, thereby improving the vehicle’s handling characteristics.
In addition to the familiar comfort, auto, and dynamic modes, the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system also offers the two new modes, RS1 and RS2. Once the driver has set the two modes to suit their personal preferences and stored them, they can be enabled directly via the “RS MODE” button on the steering wheel. The system accesses important technical elements like the engine, transmission, damping, steering, dynamic steering, sport differential, and engine sound.
The revised RS 5 models ride on 19-inch wheels as standard, with new 20-inch wheels available upon request in three variants, one of which is painted completely in gloss black and another in matt bronze. Optional Carbon Ceramic brake discs with brake calipers in gray, red or blue are available, while steel discs come fitted as standard, with calipers painted in black or red. In the standard brake system, steel disks are gripped by calipers painted in black or red.
Australian pricing and specifications are yet to be announced.