The new Audi RS4 and RS5 Competition 2022 gain in handling Car News

The Audi RS4 Avant and Audi RS5 have been dialed in to deliver improved dynamics and a louder soundtrack in a new limited edition Competition version.

The new hardcore variants of the sports estate and its coupé sibling will arrive in German dealerships in July, but Autocar understands Audi is still weighing whether or not to bring the newcomers to the UK.

The upgrades bring unique styling touches to each and a set of mechanical upgrades, with the costlier Competition Plus pack being the most heavily differentiated from the standard cars.

The competition cars are marked by black badging, matte carbon-effect exterior trim and optional black wheels in a bespoke design, which can be wrapped in sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.

The interior is also adorned with black trim elements.

It’s the chassis modifications that most obviously set the Competition apart.

The ride height is lowered by 10mm compared to standard and can be lowered manually by a further 10mm. Spring rates were increased, stabilizers reinforced and three-way adjustable dampers fitted to “enhance the overall driving experience and help shorten lap times”.

Audi says an upgraded differential further improves handling performance, thanks to a modification to the power unit that sends more power rearward through corners.

Power from the cars 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 remains at 444bhp, but straight-line pace has been subtly improved as the gearbox has been tuned for quicker gear changes.

The RS5 Competition sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds – an improvement of 0.1 seconds – while the RS4 Avant Competition cuts its sprint time by 0.2 seconds, to 3.9 seconds.

Rounding out the package is a bespoke RS sports exhaust with matt black tailpipes, which is less isolated from the cabin and thus “provides a ‘more intense sound pattern’.

A by-product of this is a small weight loss of 8 kg.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-17 10:01:25

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