Audi updates the RS5 with a new face
Did it need it?
“A thing doesn’t have to be broken to get fixed”. I can’t recall exactly, but I read this line somewhere, and it got me thinking. Thinking of an apt example for the same. Couldn’t find myself one until I went on the internet today.
Ending the year on a high, Audi has decided to update its RS5 model for 2020. The performance sedan now gets an updated exterior design, new infotainment unit and an additional set of colours(Turbo blue and Tango red). And that, to me, seems like the perfect example.
Bear with me. I never really had any issues with the previous-gen RS5. That was until I saw the current model, and it made its predecessor look like a beauty pageant winner, but from the 90s.
The new RS5, in both Coupe and Sportback guise, comes with an edgier and more aggressive-looking front end. The front grille is now wider and houses air vents above it, reminiscent of the classic ‘84‘Audi Sport Quattro. The wheel arches now sit 40mm wider while the side sills and rear diffuser get redesigned.
The new face’s fierceness seems best retained by opting for the matrix LED headlights with unique darkened bezels. Other optional kit includes the likes of a carbon-fibre roof (available only with the Coupe) and an insane set of 20-inches which can be had finished in gloss black or matt bronze.
Inside, the cabin sits flush with Alcantara and leather all around. The passengers are cocooned in RS-spec sports seats while a new and bigger infotainment system gets installed. The 10.1-inch MMI touch free-standing display has been inclined towards the driver to reflect prominent information like drive temperature, longitudinal and lateral acceleration. More such race-driver akin info can be displayed on the instrument cluster if the optional virtual cockpit plus has been installed.
Powering this angry-looking machine is the same 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6 mill as before. No tweaks to the engine management imply the same output figure of 450hp and 600Nm of torques. Similar to the engine, the eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox has also been retained although the shift paddles receive new larger aluminium stalks. The RS5 can complete the nought-to-ton run in just 3.9 seconds while topping out at 174mph (or 280kph).
The facelifted performance sedan might be the last reveal in 2019 for Audi. And overall, I love what Audi did with it. Equipping new exteriors designs and the latest tech while retaining the same twin-turbo mill, the brand with four rings managed to mend it without it actually being broken.
Prices for this 2020 Audi RS5 Coupe and Sportback starts from EUR 83,500 (or $92,500) with the car set to go on sale in Germany and other European countries by the first half of 2020.