In an effort to make the RS 5 more of a driver’s car – and more competitive with BMWM and Mercedes-AMG machines — Audi is giving the RS 5 a new Competition package. You get some serious performance benefits, but it all comes at a serious price.
This isn’t one of those looks-only packages that are all popular with automakers. Ticking the box for the Competition pack should really make the RS 5 an even sportier machine. Available on both the RS 5 Coupe and RS 5 Sportback, the option will set you back $16,100.
While the Competition Pack doesn’t change the RS 5’s 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that puts out 444 horsepower, you do get an increased top speed: 188mph, higher both than the standard 155mph top speed of the RS 5 and the Dynamic Package’s 174 mph maximum.
The Competition package also adds a tuned sports exhaust system with matte black pipes, giving what Audi describes as a “more intense sound”. Rather than artificially channeling engine sound into the cabin, Audi has done the lord’s job of reducing the sound insulation between the engine compartment and the interior. Not only does it let in more engine noise, but Audi says it takes 18 pounds off the car.
The rear sport differential has been tuned for better handling when the car is in Dynamic mode, and Audi says steering in Sport mode is more precise. A software update to the transmission allows for quicker shifts depending on drive mode, and carbon-ceramic brakes allow the RS 5 to stop six feet shorter from 60 mph. Competition models run on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
The best part of it all is the factory coilover suspension setup. In addition to front and rear stabilizer bars, RS 5s with the Competition Pack will sit 10mm lower than standard cars, with an additional 10mm of manual adjustment available to owners.
The competition-equipped cars won’t look like any other RS 5 either. You’ll be able to tell them apart by bits of carbon fiber on the front and rear diffusers, under the hood, and on the engine and mirrors as well. only black Audi badges. There is also a package-exclusive Sebring Black crystal effect paint.
Inside, you’ll find Nappa leather seats covered with contrast stitching; an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, gear lever and center console; and a special Audi Virtual Cockpit configuration.
The RS 5 Competition Pack will go on sale in June. Remember, all of this won’t come cheap. The RS 5 coupe starts at $75,900 and the Sportback at $76,200; adding the Competition Pack means you’ll approach six figures for your RS 5 Competition.