Audi hones the RS 4 and RS 5! From July 2022, two new equipment packages will be available that will make the RS model faster and faster – although the output of the 2.9-liter V6 biturbo remains the same. AUTO BILD has all the information and explains the contents of the package!
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The fourth generation Audi RS 4, internally called the B9, has only been available as a station wagon since early 2018. Until now, the main competitor to the fastest A4 Avant was the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate, whose V8 biturbo was developed to 510 hp. However, with the change of model to the 206 generation C-Class, the AMG version has been castrated from eight to four cylinders.
While it may be some time before the next C 63 is presented, the BMW M3 Touring is already on the starting block. And to keep the RS 4 from looking old, Audi came up with something after a facelift in the spring of 2020 to keep the RS 4 and RS 5 (Coupé and Sportback), which have been available since 2017, fresh.
From July 2022, the Ingolstadt company will offer two new equipment packages for the RS 4 and RS 5. Most important information soon: No changes in the performance of the 2.9-liter V6 biturbo. But that’s okay, because with 450 hp and a maximum torque of 600 Nm, the RS model doesn’t lack in performance.
RS 4 and RS 5 are getting faster
Despite having the same performance, the RS 4 and RS 5 accelerate to 100 km/h faster than before with a new “competition package” for 7875 euros. Audi claims to have measured the RS 4 Avant at 3.9 seconds (previously 4.1 seconds); The RS 5 Coupé and Sportback should reach 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (previously 3.9 seconds).
The upgrade was achieved through new software for the transmission control unit: it now provides an eight-speed automatic transmission with faster shift times. In addition, the Vmax limit has been increased from 250 to 290 km/h (previously the maximum was 280 km/h in the RS dynamic package).
New coilover suspension
Anyone who invests another 4000 euros in the new “competition plus package” also gets a revised sport differential with a heavier design at the rear and “RS sport suspension pro”. This is a manually adjustable coilover kit with three-way adjustable dampers and stiffer stabilizers.
The RS 4 and RS 5 equipped in this way come from the factory with a ride height of ten millimeters lower. A further ten millimeter reduction is possible upon request.
RS pro sports exhaust system for more sound
But that’s not all, because the competition plus package also includes the “RS sports exhaust system pro”, which can be recognized by the black exhaust. The exhaust system should offer a sportier sound. Highlights: the noise is mainly achieved by reducing the insulation in the engine compartment. Incidentally, the new exhaust also saves eight kilos.
The new competition package is recognizable from the outside by the fact that the RS 4 and RS 5 are equipped with an “optical plus black package” including a black Audi ring as standard. The optical package in matt or glossy carbon can be ordered as an option. Pirelli P-Zero Corsa sports tires and a new exterior paint in “Sebring Black Crystal Effect” are also available at an additional cost.
Prices for equipment packages
The competition package is available from 7875 euros, while the competition plus package costs 11,875 euros. In addition, there are basic vehicles, which currently start at 86,000 euros (Audi RS 4 Avant) and 87,000 euros (Audi RS 5 Coupé).
Innovation at a glance
competition package for 7875 euros
Vmax increased to 290 km/h RS plus sports exhaust system Optical package plus black Matrix LED headlights (on RS 5 with laser beam) 20 inch rim Alcantara upholstery/leather with honeycomb pattern Rope with red border
competition plus package for 11,875 euros
All Competition Features-Package plus RS pro sport suspension (coilover suspension) Revised sports differential Dynamic steering