Specially milled wheels save over four pounds per corner.
European buyers looking for a flashier appearance for the latest Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe should check out the new Carbon Editions for the high-performance models. In addition to some lightweight parts, the vehicles come with an RS sport exhaust and matrix LED headlights.
True to its name, the edition adds lots of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) components. The lightweight material adorns the roof on the RS5, which saves 6 pounds 10 ounces (3 kilograms). Both models have the weight-saving stuff on the front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser insert, and mirror caps. It also appears as trim on bits of the interior and on the engine cover.
For additional style, the Carbon Edition variants also feature a few other accents. In front, the radiator grille has a matte aluminum finish, and matte titanium material appears on the Quattro logo and window surrounds. Tinted glass also darkens the model’s appearance.
The Carbon Edition also equips the RS4 Avant and RS5 with five-spoke, 20-inch wheels with an Anthracite Matte Black finish. Rather than simple, flat spokes, Audi uses a complicated milling process on them that provides a more complex look. The work also shaves weight, so each of these parts weighs 4 pounds 7 ounces less than the vehicle’s standard 19-inch wheels.
The latest models pack a 2.9-liter biturbo V6 with 444 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters). An eight-speed automatic routes power to the all-wheel-drive system. Buyers can add to the performance with options like the RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control and ceramic brakes.
The Carbon Edition costs 71,625 pounds ($96,325 at current exchange rates) on the RS4 Avant and 75,400 pounds ($101,425) for the RS5 Coupe, which is 10,000 pounds ($13,450) and 12,500 pounds ($16,815) more than the standard models respectively. The pack becomes available on the RS5 in December in the United Kingdom and in March 2018 on the RS4 Avant.
Gallery: Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Carbon Edition
THE NEW CARBON EDITIONS – AUDI RS 4 AND RS 5 AT THEIR PEAK
- New Carbon Edition versions of latest Audi Sport stars now available as even more attractive and highly specified alternatives to ‘standard’ cars
- New Carbon Edition versions of RS 4 Avant and RS 5 Coupé available to order from today priced at £71,625 OTR and £75,400 OTR respectively (premiums of £10,000 and £12,500 over standard cars)
- Additions include extensive CFRP detailing, including full roof on RS 5, 20-inch milled alloy wheels, privacy glass, RS sport exhaust, RS matrix LED headlamps
- New 2.9 TFSI with 450PS and 600Nm of torque delivers 0-62mph in as little as 3.9 seconds (RS 4 Avant 4.1 seconds), 155mph top speed which can be increased to 174mph
- Standard specification includes quattro drive with rear sport differential, Audi Virtual Cockpit with RS-specific displays, MMI Navigation Plus, Audi connect infotainment services
- RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, and dynamic steering also available
- State-of-the-art driver assistance, safety and connectivity systems
New Carbon Edition versions of the recently reintroduced Audi RS 4 Avant and RS 5 Coupé are about to turn up the desirability dial for devotees of the latest 450PS Audi Sport stars. The new special editions, which will not be production limited, add motorsport-inspired Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) detailing, including a fully exposed CFRP roof in RS 5 versions, as part of a wider package of upgrades that further enhance the appeal of these hallmark models. Both Carbon Edition variants become available today, the RS 4 priced at £71,625 OTR and the RS 5 at £75,400 OTR. The first RS 5 Carbon Edition models will arrive in the UK in December, followed by their RS 4 counterparts in March 2018.
Beyond the striking, exposed CFRP roof which is reserved exclusively for the RS 5, both new editions incorporate a Carbon Matt Aluminium Styling Pack adding a CFRP finish for the front spoiler (and the rear in RS 5), sill extensions, a diffuser insert and interior inlays along with CFRP door mirror housings.
A matt aluminium finish for the radiator grille with its integral matt titanium quattro logo, for the window surrounds and for the front horizontal under-grille bar complement the carbon detailing, as do privacy glass and larger 20-inch ‘5-arm peak’ design alloy wheels in anthracite matt black, which replace the standard 19-inch design. The surfacing and the milled slots in the sides of the spokes in these very special aluminium wheels can only be achieved through the use of a very intensive milling process that has until now been reserved only for models in the super sports category or those designed purely for competition use. Red brake callipers – another feature of the Carbon Edition upgrade – are visible through the front wheels.
Milled wheels shave off 8kg
One significant benefit of the advanced one-piece milled wheel design in the Carbon Edition models is a weight saving of 2kg per wheel versus standard forged equivalents. In the RS 5 Carbon Edition the 8kg overall saving is also supplemented by an additional 3kg reduction achieved by incorporating the carbon roof. These parings contribute to weight loss of up to 80kg and 60kg respectively in the latest RS 4 and RS 5 models versus their predecessors.
Under the sculpted bonnet of both Carbon Edition models a CFRP engine cover embellishes the six cylinder heads of the formidable new 2.9-litre biturbo TFSI with its 450PS output and mighty 600Nm torque peak – a substantial 170Nm more than its V8-powered predecessor. In these special models the new engine breathes through an upgraded RS sport exhaust system which amplifies its soundtrack and is controllable via the standard Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system.
To enable the driver to capitalise on the phenomenal performance as fully as possible, the Carbon Edition models also feature an upgrade to RS matrix LED headlamps capable of automatically dipping or deactivating individual lighting diodes to create corridors of light around leading or oncoming vehicles or objects, helping to increase visibility without dazzling. The RS matrix LED units also include dynamic front indicators to complement the standard dynamic rear installations.
In both versions the huge power reserves of the biturbo TFSI are unlocked by an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimised shift times, and supported by the reworked five-link front and all-new five-link rear RS-specific suspension they contribute to an innately responsive, precisely controlled and highly rewarding driving experience. In common with all RS models the new Avant and Coupe headliners are affixed to the road by quattro permanent all-wheel drive, and like their ‘standard’ UK specification RS 4 and RS 5 counterparts are also factory fitted with the quattro sport differential which actively distributes torque between the rear wheels to promote even greater handling adjustability.
For the most committed drivers Audi Sport also offers optional RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning.
Inside, CFRP inlays continue the theme, and the deeply contoured Fine Nappa leather-upholstered RS super sport seats in black with contrast honeycomb stitching in Crescendo Red look and feel ready for whatever challenges the road presents to their occupants. The RS-specific, fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit is a standard feature of all UK RS 4 and RS 5 models, and in tandem with the 8.3-inch high resolution screen in the centre of the dashboard displays richly detailed navigation mapping, audio listings and web-based information courtesy of the standard MMI Navigation Plus and Audi Connect Infotainment module. The embedded Audi Connect SIM includes a data package offering flat-rate, ultra-fast LTE internet connectivity in the UK and Europe-wide free of charge for three years. Smartphone-based content can also be displayed on the central monitor via the standard Audi Smartphone Interface.
Highlights from the extensive list of safety-focused features of all RS 4 and RS 5 variants include multi-collision brake assist and the Audi Side Assist blindspot warning system. Customers can enhance protection even further by choosing cost-effective option bundles including the Driver Assistance Pack – Tour and Parking Assistance Pack Advanced offering features such as Active Lane Assist, Cross Traffic Assist Rear and Turn Assist to de-stress virtually every aspect of a drive, from reversing out of a space on to a busy road to negotiating a difficult junction.
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