Audi RS4 and RS5 Competition revealed – key chassis upgrades for Audi Sport’s BMW M3 rival | Evo

5/17/2022 9:21:00 PM

RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe and Sportback soon to be available with limited-build Competition packs

Audi has launched a Competition pack for its RS4 and RS5, adding coilover suspension, new wheels, tweaked steering and a modified exhaust system -

RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe and Sportback soon to be available with limited-build Competition packs

Sportback siblings that it’s hoping will add some much needed pizzazz to the driving experience.The Competition cars are marked out by black badging, matt carbon-effect exterior trim and optional black wheels in a bespoke design, which can be wrapped in sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.Audi RS4 and RS5 , replacing as they did the old versions and their mesmerising V8 engine.brake package comes standard with this model.

This starts with a new coilover suspension set-up.As standard, the RS4/5 features adaptive dampers on coil springs, with an optional Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system that hydraulically cross-links the dampers to improve lateral stability under load without making the damping over-firm.It's the modifications to the chassis that most obviously set the Competition apart, though.For the Competition versions, however, both systems have been pushed aside and replaced with a new set of three-way adjustable coilovers.Appearing alongside a regular Competition Pack - speed limit raise, Alcantara, sports exhaust, the usual stuff - the Plus gets some serious upgrades.These units have a higher spring rate than those of the standard RS models, and are paired with new calibrations for the dampers and stiffer anti-roll bars.The spring rate has been increased, the stabilisers stiffened and three-way adjustable dampers installed to"heighten the general driving experience and help shorten lap times".28 The new coilovers also sit the body 10mm lower from the factory, while a further 10mm drop can be dialled in manually.The all-wheel drive system is re-tuned to shift more power to the rear wheels, though Audi doesn’t provide specific torque distribution figures.

The upgraded suspension is paired with new forged and milled 20-inch Y-spoke wheels and standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes.Power from the cars' twin-turbocharged 2.It’s a trick Audi has pulled before with the R8 Performance Parts, but still rates as a surprise here.Along with the new hardware, Audi Sport has been working on the calibration of the existing dynamic components, with a revised set-up for the Dynamic Steering system, which now has a ratio locked in at 1:13.1, plus updated parameters for the Sport Differential mounted on the rear axle, enabling it to lock faster and offer more aggressive torque vectoring.The RS5 Competition gets from 0-62mph in just 3.Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate v Audi RS4 Avant – junior estates go head-to-head The engine itself is unchanged – the twin-turbocharged 2.In conjunction with stiffer anti-roll bars and springs, Audi claims the modification will “heighten the general driving experience and help shorten lap times” yet without any impact on long distance comfort.9-litre V6 still producing 444bhp and 442lb ft of torque – but some of the peripheral elements have received attention, including software tweaks for the eight-speed automatic transmission to shorten shift times and create a greater distinction in shift feel between transmission modes.1sec improvement – while the RS4 Avant Competition shaves 0.A number of other components are newly wrapped in Alcantara featuring red stitching, and these include the steering wheel, shift lever and center console.

This small change on its own helps yield a subtle 0.1sec drop in the 0-62mph times, now 3.9sec.Elsewhere, the gearbox has been modified for shorter shift times, the ABS tweaked and eight kilos of sound deadening removed from the engine bay and interior.9sec for the RS4 and 3.8sec for the RS5s.28 Also upping the ‘sportiness’, as the Germans might say, is a more vocal RS sports exhaust system and the removal of some of the interior’s sound deadening around the engine bay and dashboard, which will hopefully give the cars a bit of more aural character – an element that defined their V8-powered predecessors.Sadly, there’s no more power for either RS4 or RS5, meaning the same 450hp and 442lb ft for both from the 2.There is one exterior paint option exclusive to the Competition package model, and that’s the “ Black crystal effect” paint you see in photos here.

Audi UK has yet to confirm specific timing and pricing, but considering the standard fitment of carbon-ceramic brakes and those new coilovers, expect a hike of more than £10,000 above the current base prices of £69,275 for the RS4 and £73,850 for both RS5s.Audi UK has also confirmed that no more than 100 Competition units will make their way to the UK, with the split between RS4 and the RS5s still to be confirmed.While the notion of more expensive Competition versions of both of these cars with no extra grunt may initially disappoint, it’s their chassis that have the most to gain from a technical update.There are minor visual alterations, too (just in case passers-by aren’t sharp enough to spot the more suggestive ride height).However, it remains a big ask for these Audi models to compete with the new.

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