Looking for a more hardcore mid-size Audi RS? New Competition packages add track coilover suspension, track tyres, a louder exhaust – and more – to the RS4 and RS5 ranges.
The 2022 Audi RS4 and RS5 performance car ranges will soon be available in Australia with new ‘Competition’ and ‘Competition Plus’ performance packages – although exactly when is still to be confirmed.
Not to be confused with rival BMW’s M Competition cars, Audi’s new Competition and Competition Plus packages will be available across the RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe and RS5 Sportback ranges, adding upgrades aimed at an even sharper driving experience.
While an Australian launch has been locked in, local arrival timing is yet to be confirmed and “will be communicated later.”
Audi is yet to detail which features are available with which package (Competition or Competition Plus), however optional upgrades include Pirelli P Zero Corsa high-performance tyres, a fixed 13.1:1 steering ratio, and a top-speed limiter increase to 290km/h.
The headline upgrade is manually-adjustable coilover suspension, which lower the car by 20mm than standard models – joined by higher spring rates, three-way adjustable dampers, and stiffer stabiliser bars.
The rear sport differential has been retuned to send more power to the rear axle, while new transmission software cuts shift times and adds a “noticeably increased spread” between drive modes.
With the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres optioned, retuned anti-lock braking (ABS) software and standard-fit RS carbon-ceramic brakes claim to cut up to two metres off the 100km/h to zero stopping distance (previously about 34 metres).
The Competition packages debut a new ‘RS sports exhaust system plus’ with matte black tailpipes, which combine with reduced sound deadening – eight kilograms less, to be precise – and revised software for a “more intense sound pattern”.
The result of the upgrades are claimed 0 to 100km/h sprint times of 3.8 seconds for the RS5 Coupe and Sportback, down 0.1 seconds – or 3.9 seconds for the RS4 Avant, a 0.2-second reduction.
No changes have been made under the bonnet, where a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 is retained with 331kW and 600Nm outputs, driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Visual upgrades alongside the performance upgrades include gloss black Audi and model designation badges, available Sebring Black paint and 20-inch Phantom Black wheels, and a cost-optional carbon-fibre exterior trim package.
Inside, the RS sports seats can be trimmed in a mix of nappa leather and Dinamica faux suede – the latter made from 45 per cent recycled PET fibres (215g per seat) – while the “seat side panels” are finished in gloss black.
The 2022 Audi RS4 and RS5 Competition packages will be available in Europe from July, priced from €7875 ($AU11,740) for the base Competition package, or €11,875 ($AU17,700) for the Competition Plus package.
Australian pricing and launch timing is yet to be confirmed. The standard Audi RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe and RS5 Sportback are priced from $155,400, $155,400 and $158,800 plus on-road costs respectively.