The RS 5 and RS 5 Sportback now combine the latest Audi exterior design hallmarks with the upgraded cabin configuration already adopted by the RS 4, bringing MMI touch technology based around a large central screen. The twin-turbo V6 with its 450PS output and 600 Nm of torque continues to provide spine-tingling performance that is reflected in sub-four-second 0-62mph sprint capability.
The enhancements to the exterior of the two RS 5 models are evident at first glance. At the front, the Singleframe is now wider and flatter in line with its big brothers, the RS 6 and RS 7, and new implied air vents above the grille provide a visual link with the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984.
Flanking the grille are large, strongly contoured air inlets in a new pentagonal design. Matrix LED headlights are standard across the board, and in the Vorsprung version which heads the range in the UK these feature laser light and are identifiable by way of their darkened bezels.
Between the 40-millimetre wider wheel arches the side sills have been redesigned, as has the diffuser insert at the rear, which encloses the two large tailpipes of the exhaust system. Depending on version, the gloss black, matt aluminium and carbon styling packages give an even more individual look, and in the Carbon Black and Vorsprung models include a black finish for the four rings and RS logos. In addition, the Coupé can also be fitted with with a carbon roof with a CFRP structure for even more visual drama and a weight saving of around four kilograms. Both variants can also now be finished in the colours Turbo blue and Tango red, which are new to the RS 5 palette.
Horizontal lines and dark colours characterise the interior of the revised RS 5 models. RS sport seats finished in fine Nappa leather are fitted as standard to all UK versions, as is the virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display. It enables the driver to toggle between multiple screens, one of which is RS-specific and displays the rotational speed scale as a kind of angle that includes a shift light display. When the driver uses 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, for example. The head-up display which is a standard feature of Vorsprung versions also offers exclusive RS graphics.
The virtual cockpit plus works with a new operating concept based around a 10.1-inch MMI touch display with acoustic feedback which is inclined towards the driver and incorporates the top tier MMI navigation plus module. In addition to its primary infotainment functions the large, free-standing display provides the driver with information on engine temperature, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the quattro sport differential operating status, tyre pressures and tyre temperatures.
OTR pricing from £69,500 – available to order in the UK in early 2020