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Old 07-13-2019, 08:17 AM   #1
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Audi will follow the facelifted A4 with updated A5 Sportback, topped out by a revamped 444bhp RS5


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Audi finally brought the RS5 Sportback to the UK a few weeks ago, but already prototypes of a facelifted version have been seen.

The four-door RS5 will receive a number of mid-life revisions that echo that of the recently launched 2019 A4, including mild external tweaks and an interior tech overhaul.

The RS5 Sportback will be the last of the updated A4 and A5 models to launch after the two-door coupť variants in standard, S and RS form. The prototype disguise isnít extensive, so we can see revisions to the carís headlights and tail-lights, as well as reprofiled bumpers.

Cabin revisions centre on the grafting in of the brandís latest MMI infotainment system, which can be seen through the window of this prototype. It throws out the outgoing rotary controller in favour of a larger 10.1in touchscreen that sits more prominently in the dash and is operated by touch or voice control. New assistance tech features have also been introduced.

The Audi RS5 returns and brings with it a new twin-turbo V6 engine co-developed with Porsche. But thereís more to the overhaul than just a new powerplant.

One thing isnít expected to change much, however - the 444bhp 2.9-litre V6 powerplant. That has only just returned on sale in Europe after revisions to ensure it meets WLTP homologation standards, but for 2020 it will also feature a petrol particulate filter to further reduce tailpipe emissions.

Expect it to return with a similar output figure, or potentially with some choice revisions for a small power boost, given the competition is aiming towards the 500bhp mark. The RS5 is already capable of breaking the four-second 0-62mph mark in its current form, however, so that remains to be seen.

Expect the 2020 RS5 range to be introduced to market early on next year, with a possible debut at a motor show later this year.






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Old 12-10-2019, 10:45 AM   #2
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Audi's in the process of updating its A5 range for 2020 and the final member to be tweaked is the high-performance RS 5, available in coupe and Sportback hatch body styles.

The updated RS 5 doesn't benefit from any extra power over the outgoing model. Under the hood sits a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 generating 444 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, or enough for 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The top speed can be lifted to 174 mph as an option.

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic with larger aluminum shift paddles. All-wheel drive is still standard and Audi's Sport differential that allows torque to be split between the rear wheels is still available.



What has changed is the exterior styling, which takes on a more streamlined look up front, as well as a wider, flatter grille. The headlights can also be enhanced with available laser lights and darkened bezels to set the RS 5 apart from the regular A5 models, and the side skirts and rear diffuser both feature a new design.

For the interior, a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen display sits atop the dash and can be used much like a smartphone. Natural-speak voice activation and buttons on the steering wheel can also be used to control the infotainment. Specific Audi Sport touches in the cabin include the RS logos, including some in the digital instrument cluster, as well as a flat-bottomed steering wheel and body-hugging sport seats lined in Alcantara and leather as standard.

In the ride and handling department, there's a standard RS-spec sport suspension that drops the ride height a further 0.3 inches compared to the S5. The suspension can also be enhanced with hydraulic-based adjustable dampers. Another worthy option for serious performance fans are carbon-ceramic brake rotors.

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A set of 19-inch wheels are standard while a 20-inch set with a new pattern are available. The latter can be ordered in gloss black, matte black or with a bronze finish. Buyers can also choose between gray, ride or blue for the brake calipers.

Information on availability and pricing for the 2020 RS 5 in the United States is yet to be revealed.

The arrival of the updated RS 5 ends a busy 25th year for the Audi Sport division. Also this year we saw the arrival of the new RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback, updated RS 4 Avant, and the new RS 6 Avant, RS 7 Sportback, and RS Q8.

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Why no RS4, Audi?
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I’m sure it’s great, but cars have gotten too large. This thing looks huge.
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Why no RS4, Audi?
really no point when the RS5 sportback exists.
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Iím sure itís great, but cars have gotten too large. This thing looks huge.
the shape of the hood and the massive grill make them look bigger than they really are.
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the shape of the hood and the massive grill make them look bigger than they really are.
I just looked it up. The 2019 is 188 inches long. A new Civic Sedan is around 183, while an Accord is 192. I guess the RS5 is big but not crazy.

Even so, the new Civic seems overly large to me, so a 188 inch car is far too big for my use. The 176 inch RS3 is more my size.
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