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Audi RS4, RS5 hardcore 'competition' upgrades are coming

Coilovers, Pirelli Corsa P Zero rubber, reduced sound-deadening, new quattro sports diff, and ceramic brakes all feature.

Mike Costello
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Are the ‘regular’ Audi RS4 and RS5 insufficiently fast and agile for you? Good news awaits…

Without divulging exact timing, the company’s Australian arm today said it would offer the recently revealed competition packages – developed by Audi Sport GmbH to increase the performance of its coupe, fastback and wagon heroes.

“The timing of local availability of the competition packages is not yet confirmed and will be communicated later,” says Audi Australia. That suggests it’s a formality, we just aren’t sure when.

Additions depending on your overall spend include manually adjustable coilovers, cutting ride height up to 20mm. A higher spring rate, three-way adjustable dampers, and stiffer stabilisers round out the rejigged suspension.

Beyond this, Audi’s sporting division fixed the dynamic steering at a ratio of 1:13.1, and upgraded the quattro AWD system’s sport differential – most notably in the ‘dynamic’ driving mode setting. 

The Ingolstadt marque says a new data set in the control unit with changed parameters switches emphasis to the rear axle, presumably for oversteer-y fun.  

Updated software in the transmission control unit makes for quicker shift times and “a noticeably increased spread between the various driving modes”, Audi adds. 

The heightened dynamics “necessitate an increase in negative acceleration”, says Audi, so it has paired available Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber, newly tuned ABS software, and RS ceramic brakes that cut two-metres from claimed stopping distance from 100km/h. 

A new RS ‘sports exhaust system plus’, with tailpipes in matte black, is said to offer 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 – which also cuts 8kg. 

Audi says the RS4 Avant with competition plus package goes from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, an improvement of 0.2s over the standard model. The RS5 and RS5 Sportback do the sprint in 3.8s, an improvement of 0.1s.

Both competition packages also feature an increased maximum speed of 290km/h, even though the 331kW and 600Nm biturbo V6 engine keeps the same outputs. 

Design-wise, the seats have piano black shells and can be trimmed in Dinamica (suede made in part with PET fibres) and Nappa leather

The four rings on the bonnet and boot lid, as well as the model lettering, have a glossy black finish, and there’s the option of Sebring Black paint. Customers can also add high-sheen competition wheels in Phantom Black. 

In Europe, the competition packages will cost between 7875 euros ($11,860) and 11,875 euros ($17,900).

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