AUDI has unveiled new versions of its hot RS4 and RS5 that drive faster, sound better and corner faster.
A new Competition Plus package, available for the Audi RS4 estate, two-door RS5 coupe and four-door RS5 Sportback, will add bespoke equipment to create the ultimate version of these cars.
While in Germany the packages will be called Competition Package and Competition Package Plus, we will probably only get the latter here.
For starters, this brings a new coilover kit that allows the RS4 and RS5 to sit 10mm lower to the ground.
However, owners can also manually lower it by an additional 10mm – a full 20mm lower than a standard car.
You also get adjustable dampers, a higher spring rate and stiffer anti-roll bars.
If you have no idea what we’re talking about, just know that race cars need to be able to corner as efficiently as possible.
But Audi reckon long-distance comfort hasn’t been lost, so you can still use these cars for commuting or dropping the kids off to school.
Also new for the competition cars are quicker steering, special Pirelli tires for road and track use, upgraded ceramic brakes with a new ABS tune for better braking and a sharper automatic transmission.
Although the Audis are known to be all-wheel drive, the new package will also retune the cars’ sport differential, sending more power to the rear wheels in Audi’s sportiest dynamic driving mode.
The RS4 and RS5 will get the same 450PS twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine, but the new package means a faster 0-100km/h sprint for both – 0.2 seconds faster for the RS4 and 0.1 seconds for the RS5.
The sprint now takes 3.9 seconds in the RS4 and 3.8 seconds in the RS5, but both cars now have an increased top speed of 180mph as standard.
And it’s not just about the technical details underneath. Add Audi’s Competition package and you get some visual goodies too.
On the outside, that means 20-inch alloy wheels and a new sports exhaust that not only sounds neat but has black tailpipes for a fiercer look.
These match the front and rear Audi and model badges which are finished in gloss black.
Trick Matric LED headlights are standard on the RS5 and optional on the RS4.
Inside, you get unique honeycomb-pattern sports seats, an Alcantara steering wheel, and black-and-red seat belts.
Audi is yet to reveal how much the new Competition Plus package will cost in the UK, but in Germany it will be €11,875, or around £10,000 on top of a standard car.
However, it has also been said that these cars will be limited to just ‘two-digit’ numbers, so best be quick if you want one.
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