source: Audi of America
- Heightened intensity of driving dynamics achieved through coilover suspension, front and rear sport sway bars, enhanced software, 180 mph top track speed limiter, and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires
- RS sport exhaust system elevates sound experience to new level
- Specific and unique interior and exterior design to complete the package
Audi of America announces an exclusive Competition package addition for the 2023 RS 5 Coupe and RS 5 Sportback, delivering performance and design enhancements. The sportiness of the Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback is reinforced like never before, sharpening the vehicles’ overall appearance with performance-oriented components, while achieving a more emotional driving experience.
Leveled up sportiness
The 2023 RS 5 Coupe and Sportback models’ potent bi-turbo V6 presents 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, with the RS 5 Coupe achieving a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, and the RS 5 Sportback achieving a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds. Both models, when equipped with the Competition package, will receive an increased maximum top track speed of 180 mph – up 25 mph from the vehicles’ standard top track speed of 155 mph, and up 6mph from the previous Dynamic plus package’s 174 mph top track speed. Developed specifically for this exclusive package, the RS sport exhaust system incorporates matte black tailpipes producing a more intense sound pattern as a result of reduced insulation between the engine compartment and interior. This reduction of insulation is a purposeful modification, which not only complements the exhaust note, but also decreases the car’s weight by nearly 18 pounds.
Fine-tuning enhancements to the engine control unit software make for tighter load changes in S transmission mode when the “Dynamic” drive mode is active – further increasing the emotionality. Customers who order an RS 5 Coupe or Sportback with this package will receive a coilover suspension system with front and rear sport sway bars and a ride height sitting 10 mm lower than standard RS 5 models. To amplify the performance quotient even further, customers can manually lower the ride height by an additional 10mm, for an overall ride height that is 20mm lower.
With this new configuration, Audi Sport has created precise handling and even greater tracking. The enhanced quattro sport rear differential ensures an increased degree of agility and driving enjoyment – especially when drivers select the “Dynamic” driving mode. Additionally, Sport direct steering provides even more precision when navigating road dynamics, offering a steering ratio fixed at 13.1:1. The Competition package brings a new data set in the control unit with changed parameters designed to shift the power to the rear wheels. The updated software in the transmission control unit makes for reduced shifting times and an increased spread between the various driving modes. In combination with the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires paired with the 5-Y-spoke design milled-cut wheels in bi-color Phantom Black finish, and newly tuned ABS software, the RS ceramic front brake system provides exceptional braking power, reducing the stopping distance by up to two meters (about 6.5 feet) when stopping from 62-0 mph.
A detail-oriented interior
The Competition package boasts a number of motorsport oriented elements, further amplifying its sporty character. Included in the package are front seats with a Pearl Nappa and Dinamica seating surface combination with Piano Black side trim, replacing the standard Fine Nappa leather seats. The package also enhances several key interior components wrapped with Alcantara with contrast stitching in crescendo red, including the three-spoke heated steering wheel, shift lever, and center console. The safety belts and floor mats both receive red edging to further underline the package’s sporty disposition, while matte RS carbon inlays also complement the sporty aesthetic. In addition to the Audi RS logo incorporation into the floor mats, Audi beam puddle lights will project the RS Competition logo from beneath the vehicle’s doors whenever they are open. Finally, the Competition package will receive a unique virtual cockpit layout displayed as a sporty Runway mode.
A double-take worthy exterior
The Audi rings on the front and rear of the vehicle, as well as the model badging and exterior trim, further enhance the character with their high-gloss black finish. Several elements of matte carbon fiber are added to the exterior, including the front splitter, rear diffuser, and exterior mirror housings. A less frequently seen, but equally appreciated touch of carbon fiber can be seen under the hood on the engine cover. Switching to the opposite side of the color spectrum, front ceramic brakes are paired with red painted calipers, and rear steel brakes with red painted calipers are a reminder of the impressive stopping power and control possessed by the vehicle. Finally, customers may select to outfit their RS 5 Coupe or Sportback with Sebring Black crystal effect exterior paint, which is exclusive to the Competition package.
The Audi RS 5 Coupe is available with an MSRP starting at $75,900; the Audi RS 5 Sportback MSRP starts at $76,200. The Competition package costs $16,100, with orders expected to begin in June 2022.