Audi updates RS models

Audis updated RS models including the RS4 Avant, RS5 Sportback and Coupé available in SA soon

Reuben Van Niekerk
Audi RS5
Audi RS4

Audi has fine tuned many details of the updated RS4 Avant and RS5 model ranges. The newly designed front section and the sporty interior with new MMI touch operating system underline the athletic aspirations of these performance models.


Streamlined and muscular

The front of the new RS4 Avant, RS5 Sportback and Coupé have been completely redesigned. The single frame grille is wider and flatter and just like its big RS brothers, the new models also feature the three-dimensional honeycomb structure in gloss black that is typical for the RS model series. To give it a clean look, the grille features no frame. The new egg-crate grille with the RS emblem is inserted directly into the bumper with the large lateral air inlets and vertical flaps in a new, pentagonal cut.


Redesigned matrix LED headlights with darkened bezels complete the revised appearance. All models have wider wheel arches aiding to a sportier, more powerful stance. The matte aluminium styling package is fitted as standard.


The RS-specific roof edge spoiler and diffuser insert as well as chrome tailpipes of the RS exhaust system give the vehicle a distinctive finish. On the RS5 models, the side sills and diffuser, which encloses the two large tailpipes of the exhaust system, have also been redesigned. The Coupé is fitted with a carbon roof with a CFRP fibre structure, which lowers the vehicles weight, by approximately four kilograms. Both models come standard with the RS sport exhaust system, which provides an adequate sound track.


Inside story

Horizontal lines and dark colours dominate the interior of the revised RS models, adding to a premium and spacious cabin. LED light guides trace the contours of the door and centre console, doing so in up to 30 different colours in combination with the standard contour ambient lighting package. The RS sport seats are covered with fine Nappa leather with contrasting stitching in crescendo red.


The new operating concept of the two RS model ranges is concentrated on a 10.1-inch MMI touch display. The standard MMI navigation system includes a specific RS monitor, which provides the driver with information on temperatures, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the quattro sport differential as well as tyre pressure and temperature.


The 12.3-inch HD Audi virtual cockpit plus is another standard offering. The driver can select between multiple graphic views; classic, dynamic and sport. When the driver selects RS mode via the button on the steering wheel, the RS specific performance design is displayed.

The innovative and forward thinking features of Audi connect are now available, using an embedded SIM, they offer the extensive Audi connect portfolio.

The RS4 Avant offers excellent everyday usability, with a 495 litre luggage capacity which can be increased to 1 495 litres with the rear seats folded down.


Under the bonnet

At the heart of the RS4 and RS5 models is a 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6 offering 331kW and 600Nm. All models accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds on their way to a top speed of 280km/h.

A quick-shifting eight-speed tiptronic gearbox directs power to the quattro all-wheel drive system for seamless acceleration and maximum grip. All models are fitted with RS sports suspension, which provides a comfortable on-road driving experience.


When will it be available?

VIP customer deliveries of the RS4 Avant, RS5 Sportback and RS5 Coupé have officially begun in South Africa ahead of its retail launch on 1 April 2021.



Audi RS4 Avant TFSI quattro

R1 296 000

Audi RS4 Coupe TFSI quattro

R1 394 500

Audi RS5 Sportback TFSI Quattro

R1 409 500