Audi Refreshes RS 5 Coupe, Sportback

It’s mid-cycle refresh time for the RS 5 in Sportback and Coupe forms, which means they get styling updates like the other 5’s as well as a new infotainment system.

The big styling change is making the big Audi singleframe grille even bigger, with vents underneath that give the updated RS5s a bit of a protruding underbite. There are tiny vents in between the grille and the side vents, and Audi’s added new slot-vents on top of the grille that are supposed to remind you of the original Audi Sport quattro. It’s vents on vents on vents is what we’re trying to say. New side skirts and a revised rear diffuser insert in the rear bumper wind out the changes, which Audi’s showing off using a pair of new paint colors called Turbo Blue and Tango Red. The coupe gets a carbon roof that trims just under five pounds from the car.

Inside, there’s a new infotainment system with a 10.1-inch screen. It still sticks out of the dash, though, unlike the 5’s bigger brothers where it’s been re-integrated. The 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display lets you pick and choose screens and has an RS-exclusive mode. If you get the top-spec infotainment, a special mode shows you g-force, sport differential settings, and even tire temperature.

Under the hood is the same 2.9L turbo V6 as before, putting down 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. There is an eight-speed auto and RS sport suspension with adaptive dampers. 19’s are standard with 20-inch wheels available. Carbon brakes are also on the options list.

The updated RS 5 Sportback and Coupe go on sale in Germany soon, expect them here shortly thereafter.