Audi has been busy updating its vehicle range, and it seems the RS 5 is the newest to get more than a simple nip and tuck.
Now they've applied the design upgrades to the version with two more doors: the RS 5 Sportback
On the outside (save for the new rear end) everything remains almost the same with the RS 5. Compared to the A5, the RS 5’s new Singleframe has given it flatter and wider stance. The entire front end is dominated by an RS-specific 3D honeycomb grill, with air vents right above it, making it reminiscent of the classic Audi Sport Quattro from 1984. Audi Matrix LED headlights with laser lights were also specifically made for the RS.
With its long hood, its extended wheelbase, and the short overhangs, the RS 5 shows off its balance proportions much like the original Audi Quattro.
Looking at the side profile, the RS 5 Sportback is characterized by new sill trims. The fender arches have also been widened by 15mm. As for the bumpers, the RS-specific pieces are similar to the RS 6 and 7, with the rear getting a diffuser insert. The rear end is finished off with oval, chrome-colored tailpipes on either side.
The interior is likewise a treat for both driver and passengers. Black with rock gray contrast stitches adorns the cabin of the RS 5. Alcantara and leather with honeycomb patters are the upholstery materials of choice, with the letters “RS” embossed right into the fabric. Nappa leather is available as an option. Unique to the new RS 5 release is the use of carbon mat inlays in the interior pieces.
The suspension of the RS 5 has been tuned for performance. The RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available upon request. To further add to its sporty characteristics, two new drive modes – RS1 and RS2 – are now available along with comfort, auto, and dynamic. The aggressiveness of the entire car is influenced by the selected mode, altering the cahracteristics of the RS 5’s engine, gearbox, steering, damping, dynamic steering, sport differential, and exhaust flaps.
“Our RS 5 models are highly dynamic all-rounders. The Quattro permanent all-wheel drive grants the RS 5 models that decisive extra traction, dynamism, and stability – strengths that Audi put on the road 40 years ago with the first Quattro and has continually optimized. The handling is made even more spontaneous with the optional sport differential at the rear axle, which distributes the torque actively between the wheels,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.
The power plant remains the same for this model, as the updates are purely aesthetic. A 2.9L TFSI resides under the hood and the V6 plant churns out around 450 HP. It is mated to an 8-speed transmission (complete with paddle shifters) and can catapult the RS 5 from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds.
While many may see the addition of doors as a travesty to the RS 5 badge, some would want a high-performance pedigree in a more daily drivable and somewhat family-friendly package. That’s a pretty good trade-off, right?