2021 Audi RS5 Coupe & Sportback Get Styling Tweaks, 2 Special Editions

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe & Sportback Get Styling Tweaks, 2 Special Editions

The refreshed 2021 Audi RS5 Coupé and RS5 Sportback arrive in the United States with slight styling updates after their European debut last year. To make them even more beautiful, two new special editions are also in preparation.

The revised RS5 models feature modifications up front like a wider grille and sharper edges. The lower fascia also has a more angular appearance, including pentagonal sections at the corners. A modified hood line has tiny inlets around the edges. Otherwise, the exterior changes are quite small. There are new side sills and a mesh diffuser insert between the tailpipes at the rear.

The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 carries 444 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (599 Newton-meters) of torque. Power comes from an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The RS5 coupe hits 60 miles per hour (96 km / h) in 3.7 seconds or 3.8 seconds for the Sportback. Standard top speed is 249 km / h (155 mph), but the Ascari Edition pushes the speed to 174 mph (280 km / h)

Inside, RS5 models now feature a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen running Audi’s MIB 3 software. The cabin is fitted with a Nappa leather upholstery as standard. The seats have power side cushions and massage functionality. The heated rear seats RS5 Sportback as well.

If the standard RS5 isn’t special enough for you, Audi also offers them as Ascari and Black Optic launch editions.

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Audi limits the Ascari to 25 units of the RS5 Coupé and 100 units of the RS5 Sportback. These vehicles wear the dark shade of Ascari Blue metallic paint with matching blue brake calipers. For contrast, the side sills are in matt aluminum color. It rolls on 20-inch five-spoke wheels. Under the hood, there is a carbon fiber engine cover. The driver of the Ascari edition grabs a flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel with Alcantara padding. The cabin also has matte carbon trim and contrasting gray stitching.

In terms of performance technology, the Ascari includes Audi’s dynamic steering ratio system and RS sport suspension with dynamic driving control. It also receives the RS Sport exhaust with black tailpipes. The RS Driver Assistance Package includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist, Active Lane Assist, Park Assist, Top View Camera System and Heads-Up Display.

There are more Black Optic editions on the way with a planned run of 100 Coupes and 325 Sportbacks. It wears black exterior trim for the mirror caps, front spoiler, rear diffuser, and 20-inch five-spoke wheels. Customers can specify the rest of the exterior in Mythos Black, Glacier White, Daytona Gray, Nardo Gray and Tango Red. Inside there is a three-spoke steering wheel covered with Alcantara and carbon trim. The seats are red stitched.

The Black Optic Edition also benefits from dynamic steering technology, RS sport suspension with dynamic driving control, RS sport exhaust with black pipes and RS driver assistance package.

The table below shows the base prices for the 2021 RS5 models.

ModelPrice (not including the $ 1045 destination fee)
Audi RS5 Coupe 2021$ 75,100
2021 Audi RS5 RS5 Coupé Black Optic Launch Edition$ 87,400
2021 Audi RS5 Coupé Ascari Launch Edition$ 95,600
Audi RS5 Sportback 2021$ 75,400

2021 Audi RS5 Sportback Black Optic Launch Edition

$ 87,400
2021 Audi RS5 Sportback Ascari Launch Edition$ 95,900

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