JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Audi’s RS 4 and RS 5 ranges promise ”a fresher and updated appeal” to its performance range in South Africa with the retail launches scheduled for April 1 2021 though frequent customers will be on the roads around now – early February
Audi says it has fine-tuned details of its RS 4 Avant and RS 5 Sportback and Coupé units with a revised nose, sporty interior, and a new multi-media interface system.
The revised cars will be in South African showrooms from April with the same high-torque, twin-turbo, V6 capable of 331kW/600Nm and some deliveries of the Audi RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback and RS 5 Coupé have started to regular customers.
The automaker says the front section of each new RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Sportback and Coupé has been completely redesigned: the Singleframe grille is wider and flatter and, like its big RS sisters, the new models will have the three-dimensional honeycomb structure in gloss black typical of the RS family.
The new egg-box grille bearing the RS emblem is inserted directly into the bumper with the large lateral air inlets and vertical flaps in a new five-sided cut and the diode headlights have been reshaped (standard on RS 5 range, option on RS 4 Avant) with darkened bezels complete the revised appearance of the high-performance models.
Each has emphasised wheel arches and the matte aluminium styling package has an alternative option of gloss black or carbon/black for the front, rear, sills, and exterior mirror housings.
Alternatively, part of the extended black styling package and the RS badges can be painted black. On the RS 4 Avant, the roof rails are matte aluminium; black roof rails are a no-cost option.
The RS-specific roof edge spoiler and the diffuser insert as well as the chromed tops of the RS exhaust are said to give the vehicle a distinct finish. On the RS 5 the sills and diffuser enclose two large tailpipes.
The Coupé will have a carbon roof with a CFRP fibre structure but both models come with the RS sport exhaust and 20” Audi Sport alloy wheel rims.
Horizontal lines and dark colours dominate RS units while diode light guides trace the contours of the doors and the centre console – 30 colours in combination with the standard contour ambient lighting package.
The RS sport seats are upholstered with black or silver Nappa leather (said to add colour to the cabin and including control elements such as the steering-wheel, gear selector and knee pads) and have Alcantara covers with contrast red needlework.
The new operating concept of the two RS model ranges is concentrated in a freestanding 26cm MMI touch display.
The large, free-standing, display with acoustic feedback is slightly inclined toward the driver. Standard is MMI Navigation+ plus to display temperature, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the quattro sport differential, tyre pressures and temperature.
An optional head-up display will show RS graphics and a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D sound.
Connectivity? Of course… and with an embedded SIM to display online traffic information, point-of- interest search, satnav and weather updates. More functionality includes Car2X services for safety and service features in the event of damage, breakdown, or minor accident alerted by an emergency button in the roof module.
Luggage capacity is close as dammit to 500 litres, which increases to 1495 litres rear seats down and loaded to the roof. An (optional) towball can be unlocked at the push of a button.
The new RS will, Audi says, have many driver assistance and parking systems: lane-keeping (standard); 360 degree camera; ”following” cruise control, traffic alerts, and the performance models will have traction and stability assistance.
The 2.9-litre TFSI twin-turbo V6 (”the heart of the RS 4 and 5 models” – Audi) , outputs are unchanged at 331kW / 600Nm from only 1900rpm – which translastes to 0-100km/h in 3.9sec and 280km/h.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Audi RS 4 Avant TFSI quattro – R1 296 000
Audi RS 5 Coupé TFSI quattro – R1 394 500
Audi RS 5 Sportback TFSI quattro – R1 409 500
Prices include all taxes and a five-year Audi Freeway Plan