By Otsile Kadiege
Audi Sport GmbH is the Ingolstadt based automaker’s high-performance division that’s in charge of developing cars like the RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupé and Sportback. The previously mentioned vehicles are now available with a Competition Plus package adding a dash of hot sauce to an already potent trio.
The new Competition packages includes sharpened looks of the RS models, an optional coilover suspension for the Competition Plus, reduced sound deadening for an emotive driving experience and improved handling. Audi says the new RS sport suspension pro offers manually adjustable coilover suspension for an ideal spread between comfort and performance.
RS sport pro suspension
Customers who choose this coilover suspension will receive their RS4 Avant or RS5 ex factory with a ride height that is 10 mm lower than standard RS models. Plus, customers can manually lower the ride height by an additional 10 mm for an overall ride height that is 20 mm lower than the series standard. A higher spring rate, three-way adjustable dampers, and stiffer stabilisers are said to heighten the general driving experience and help shorten lap times.
The trio are still powered by a biturbo V6 engine churning 331kW of power and a torque of 600Nm from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. Top speed has however been increased to 290km/h. Audi Sport managed to improve the 0 to 100 sprint times by 0.2 seconds and 0.1 seconds for the RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupé and Sportback, respectively. The RS4 Avant now sprints from standstill to one hundred km/h in 3.9 seconds whilst the RS5s will do the same in 3.8 seconds.
Audi Sport says the dynamic steering ratio is fixed at a ratio of 1:13.1. All these enhancements are said to create an unerring handling and even greater tracking. The enhanced Quattro sport differential is also said to ensure an increased degree of agility and driving fun – especially in the sportiest “dynamic” driving mode.
According to Audi Sport, the heightened dynamics necessitated an increase in negative acceleration. In combination with the Pirelli P Zero Corsa, a newly tuned ABS software, and the RS ceramic brake system, the brake path is up to two meters shorter when braking from 100 km/h.
Model-specific exhaust system
Audi Sport GmbH developed a new RS sports exhaust system plus with tailpipes in matte black for the Competition models. This results in a more intense sound pattern, not only through the exhaust system itself, but especially due to the reduced insulation between the engine compartment and interior, a modification that also lessens the car’s weight by about 8kg. Fine-tuning to the engine control unit software makes for tighter load changes in S mode when the “dynamic” drive select is active – further increasing the emotionality.
Outside, the four rings on the hood and the trunk lid as well as the model lettering are now finished in a glossy black coat. For the first time for the RS4 and RS5, the exterior now comes in a matching crystal effect Sebring Black finish. Customers who want to further highlight the sporty look of their RS4 Avant or RS5 can purchase high-sheen competition wheels in Phantom Black. For an additional charge by request, Audi will combine the 20-inch fully milled wheels with the Pirelli P Zero Corsa high-performance tyres that were designed both for the road and the racetrack.
Matrix LED headlights, with Laser light technology, are standard on the Audi RS5. The competition Trim package rounds out the Audi RS4 Avant and Audi RS5 with the exclusive Carbon Matte Optics Package, with components including the exterior mirrors, front blade, and side flaps as well as the sill extension and rear diffuser trim come in sporty Carbon matte; all other components shine in black.
For an additional charge, Audi optionally provides the package in exclusive Glossy Carbon. As an exclusive alternative for the competition packages, the package also comes in Carbon matte.
Inside, both the competition and competition plus packages boast attractive innovations in the interior: The seat side panels gleam in Piano Black. An optional Dinamica / Pearl Nappa combination upgrade is available for the standard RS sort seats.
The Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 with the competition packages will be available at European dealerships starting from July 2022. Audi South Africa are yet to confirm local availability.
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