Audi Australia has confirmed the refreshed RS4 and RS5 performance models will arrive in Australian showrooms from July 24.
Both nameplates get sharper pricing and more equipment compared to their predecessors, as well as updated looks inside and out in line with the upgrades in store for the regular A4 and A5 ranges.
The RS4 continues to be available solely as an ‘Avant’ wagon, while the RS5 can be had in two-door ‘Coupe’ and five-door ‘Sportback’ forms.
- RS4 Avant – $147,900
- RS5 Coupe – $150,900
- RS5 Sportback – $150,900
All prices exclude on-road costs
As before, the RS4 and RS5 are powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 co-developed with Porsche.
With 331kW of power and 600Nm of torque – the latter on tap between 1900 and 5000rpm – the RS4 Avant is capable of accelerating from 0-100 in 4.1 seconds, with the RS5 models slightly quicker at 3.9 seconds.
All three models are electronically limited to 250km/h. Unlike other RS models like the RS6 and RS7, there’s no option to raise the limiter in Australia.
Audi claims combined fuel consumption of 9.5L/100km for the RS4 Avant and 9.4L/100km for the RS5.
In addition to the fuel claim, Audi says the RS4 emits 218g/km of CO2 while the RS5 Coupe and RS5 Sportback emit 214g/km and 215g/km respectively.
Neither the RS4 or RS5 are technically rated by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, though the A4 and A5 on which they’re based both received five-star ANCAP ratings in 2015.
The A4 scored 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupants, 75 per cent for pedestrians and 75 per cent for safety assist, while the A5 managed 89 per cent for adult occupants, 87 per cent for children, 75 per cent for pedestrians and 75 per cent for safety assist.
Both the RS4 Avant and RS5 Sportback feature eight airbags while the RS5 Coupe gets six, with all models featuring driver attention assist, seat belt reminders for all passengers, tyre pressure monitoring, and an array of assistance systems including all-speed autonomous emergency braking (up to 250km/h) with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop&go and traffic jam assist, active lane assist, 360-degree cameras with front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, and turn assist – which stops you from turning into oncoming traffic at low speeds.
Audi hasn’t indicated any changes in dimensions for the updated RS4 and RS5 models.
This means the RS4 measures 4781mm long, 1866mm wide and 1404mm tall with a 2826mm wheelbase.
Meanwhile the RS5 Coupe measures 4723mm long, 1851mm wide and 1370mm tall with a 2772mm wheelbase.
Finally, the RS5 Sportback measures 4782mm long, 1846mm wide and 1414mm tall with a 2832mm wheelbase.
In terms of luggage capacity, the RS4 Avant retains its 505L/1510L minimum and maximum measurements, while the RS5 Coupe and Sportback claim 465L and 480L respectively with all seats in place.
- Metallic paint
- 20-inch Audi Sport wheels
- Red RS brake calipers
- RS sports exhaust with gloss black oval tail pipes
- Gloss black exterior appearance package
- Matrix LED headlights
- Nappa leather RS sport seats with honeycomb stitching
- Electric front seat adjustment with four-way lumbar
- Front seat heating/massaging
- Illuminated RS door trims
- Extended upholstery package
- Flat-bottom RS multifunction sport steering wheel
- Black gloss interior accents
- Convenience key
- Privacy glass
- Panoramic sunroof
- Electric tailgate with gesture control (not RS5 Coupe)
- Audi virtual cockpit with RS-specific displays
- 10.1-inch MMI touch system with Audi connect plus
- Audi smartphone interface
- 19-speaker 755W Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system
- DAB+ radio
- Wireless smartphone charing
- 360-degree camera system
- Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
The RS5 Coupe and Sportback uniquely pick up Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light, which isn’t available on the RS4 even as an option.
A selection of option packages are also available, including the matte aluminium as well as carbon/black styling packages, in addition to an RS design package which adds red accents and highlights to the cabin.
Buyers are also given the choice of several alloy wheel designs, one being a no-cost options and two being extra cost – including a new matte bronze 20-inch wheel in five-arm design for $4500.
Both the RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe and RS5 Sportback are offered with the Audi service plan package, priced at $1950 for three years and $3050 for five years.
Like the wider Audi range, the new RS models are covered by the brand’s three year, unlimited kilometre warranty.