2018 Audi RS5 range

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Here’s how much ABT’s special new ‘aerowheels’ cost

German tuner ABT Sportsline has confirmed that it will offer a limited number of production versions of the so-called “aerowheel” concept that debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier in 2018.

The price? A total of €11 690 (that’s a little over R180 000 at the current exchange rate) for a set of four.

Set to be offered with a “Racing Gold” finish and “aerorings” in visible carbon-fibre, the 21-inch wheels effectively debuted on the ABT RS4-R and ABT RS5-R, although the handcrafted originals were created for Jon Olsson’s extreme Audi RS6 Avant.

“Due to the positive feedback from the [Geneva] show, we decided to produce a nearly identical limited series of the concept study wheel for the Audi RS4 and RS5,” said ABT CEO, Hans-Jürgen Abt.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/heres-much-abts-special-new-aerowheels-cost/

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ABT extracts even more oomph from the Audi RS5 Coupé

The folks over at ABT Sportsline have turned their attention to Audi Sport’s RS5 Coupé, giving the performance vehicle a bit more oomph as well as a few alterations to the rear styling.

ABT has applied its Power S performance boost upgrade to the RS5‘s 2,9-litre V6, comprising a new engine control unit, exhaust package, air intake cover and extended radiator kit.

These upgrades increase the turbocharged six-cylinder’s output from the stock 331 kW and 600 N.m of torque to an even more appealing 389 kW and 690 N.m.

Interestingly, the only exterior modifications made to this RS5 are found at the rear. The ABT rear set fitted to the coupé sees the ditching of the original oval-shaped twin-tailpipes in favour of a quartet of carbon-trimmed items. Meanwhile, a new rear spoiler (fashioned from carbon-fibre-enhanced plastic) is found on the boot lid.

As the Kempten-based firm cheekily explains, the reason the cosmetic changes have been restricted to the rear is since “most drivers only ever see the back of the Audi RS5″…

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/abt-extracts-even-more-oomph-from-the-audi-rs5-coupe/

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Here's Why the Audi RS5 Sportback Is My Favorite New Audi - Doug DeMuro

 

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Used car buying guide: Audi RS5

Prices for performance Audi RS5s are at bargain levels. But beware the previous owner who has cut corners on servicing costs

A new 68bhp Ford Fiesta 1.1 Style 3dr for £14,000 or an eight-year-old, naturally aspirated, 444bhp Audi RS5 4.2 V8 quattro S tronic coupé for the same price? Thought so. But the RS5 really does deserve a second look.

The one we’re thinking of has done a not inconsiderable 152,000 miles but they’ve been mainly clocked on the motorway apparently and, miraculously, it’s a one-owner car with full service history and new Pirelli P Zeros. Crucially, the engine has had a carbon-clean, too.

It’s also loaded with kit to the extent that it cost around £65,000 new. But its owner has certainly had their money’s worth and appears to be entirely satisfied with it.

It would be our ‘one we found’ but for its mileage which, while not a problem to a savvy buyer like you guided more by condition and provenance, would be a turn-off to those looking to cash in on the growing appeal of early RS5s rather than later, pricier facelift cars.

The RS5 V8 coupé was launched in 2010. A facelift followed two years later bringing a larger, single-frame grille, a restyled bumper (making the headlights look more aggressive) and new, 10-spoke, 19in alloys. Inside, the biggest change was Audi’s latest multimedia interface system.

Mechanically, though, it was business as usual: in addition to the naturally aspirated V8 – derived from the R8’s 5.2 V10 – and quattro drivetrain, it retained the pre-facelift model’s seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox (there was never a manual option) and mechanical centre differential. Bringing up the rear was the same electronic differential shuffling torque on demand. Dynamic Ride Control dampers remained as standard.

The thing to remember with any used performance car is that while it might now be cheaper, the cost of maintaining it isn’t. It’s this crucial fact that escapes starry-eyed owners, who then cut corners on servicing.

That’s a bad move since something like a fast-fit stamp is the last thing you want to see in an RS5’s service book. No disrespect to the able technicians who work in such places, but knowing some of the RS5’s idiosyncrasies is crucial to its trouble-free running. They include rattly chain tensioners at around the 70,000-mile mark and, as already hinted at by the value of a carbon-clean, the tendency for the inlet valves to coke up.

Theories as to the cause of this include the engine breathing oily fumes from the crankcase ventilation system and the inlet valves not being hosed down with fuel, as they would be were the injection system port-based rather than direct.

It’s all horribly technical but all you need to know is that a full set of specialist or main dealer service stamps and evidence of supplementary work including regular transmission fluid changes is the secret to RS5 happiness. That and the sound of its 444bhp V8.

How to get one in your garage

An expert’s view

Simon Howarth, founder, AMD Technik: “We’ve been servicing performance Audis for 30 years and we know RS models inside out. Personally, I prefer the earlier B7 RS4 to the RS5. It’s the purist’s choice: more practical and exclusive. There are loads of RS5s for sale, but have you ever tried opening the door in a car park? They are so long, you have to squeeze out to avoid bashing them. It feels like a car for the American market. But I can understand why people love them for the wonderful V8 and those coupé looks. The facelift didn’t bring much so early, low-mileage ones will be in demand as prices fall and people see they’re a performance bargain.”

Buyer beware…

■ Engine: Start the engine from cold and listen for timing chain rattles caused by a sloppy tensioner. Favour a car that has had regular servicing since frequent oil changes are key. Post-70,000-mile cars can suffer coked inlet valves indicated by reluctant starting, uneven idling or a shortfall in power. If a sustained blast up the road doesn’t cure it, it’s a heads-off job.

■ Gearbox: A fluid and filter change every 40,000 miles. Don’t go by the service record, ask to see the invoice. Check changes are smooth in manual and auto modes.

■ Suspension: Worn front suspension arms (there are four each side) are common and expensive (£100 per arm). Tramlining is a sign of wear. Check the adaptive dampers for leaks. Abnormal wear on the inner edges of the tyres could be worn bushes forcing the wheels to toe outwards. Check the brake discs for wear – replacements are £400 each.

■ Electrics: Blocked windscreen scuttle drains are a problem. The pooling water flows into the pollen filter and down to the carpets, flooding the comfort ECU that works the central locking and windows.

■ Body: Any corrosion will be damage related.

■ Interior: Things should be Audi-tight in here, although the firm suspension and unforgiving wheels do loosen things a touch. Just avoid anything too vocal. Also worth knowing The RS5 is not for the faint-hearted. Covering our ‘one we found’ example (below) with an official Audi warranty for 10,000 miles and 12 months, paying a £100 excess, would cost £2135, or £181 per month. Still, you’ll sleep at night.

How much to spend
£14,000-£19,999: High-mileage (over 120,000) to mid-mileage (around 60k) 2010-11 cars, most with full service history.

£20,000-£21,999: 45k to 70k-mile 2010-11 cars with solid histories, few previous owners.

£22,000-£23,999: Mainly 25k to 50k-mile 2011-reg prefacelift, including cheapest approved used: 2011 with 42k miles for £22,450.

£24,000-£25,999: Facelift 2012-13 cars with less than 50k miles plus some higher-mileage 2014s.

£26,000-£29,999: More 2013-14-on cars with solid histories and fewer than 45k miles.

£30,000-£34,999: Mainly 2015-on cars. Lots of cabriolets.

One we found

Audi RS5 4.2 V8 FSI, 2011/11, 78K miles, £18,795: Full service history, just two previous owners and described as being in ‘pristine condition’, this RS5 is also sold with a service pack and 12-month warranty. Listen for timing chain rattle.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/used-car-buying-guides/used-car-buying-guide-audi-rs5

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Audi RS5 Sportback in SA: check out local pricing here

While the Audi RS5 Coupé has been in South Africa since November 2017, the RS5 Sportback has yet to feature locally. Until now, that is. Yes, the five-door version of the RS5 is now listed on Audi SA’s website, along with the RS4 Avant (as we recently reported).

The website confirms the RS5 Sportback will be priced from R1 312 000, which makes it some R15 000 more expensive than the coupé.

Officially revealed in March 2018 at the New York International Auto Show, the RS5 Sportback shares its twin-turbo 2,9-litre V6 engine with its three-door sibling, sending 331 kW and 600 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Ingolstadt-based firm says the Sportback matches the coupé model’s claimed 3,9-second sprint to three figures and its top speed of 280 km/h. Audi also says the luggage compartment can swallow 480 litres, while folding down the rear seats reveals utility space of 1 300 litres.

In South Africa, the matte aluminium styling package will ship standard, although a black styling package (R9 885) and carbon styling package (R65 470 for the version with add-on parts in matte aluminium and R75 355 for the one with gloss black add-on elements) will be optionally offered.

The RS5 Sportback runs on 20-inch alloys (wrapped in 275/30 R20 rubber) as standard, while specifying the dynamic package (for R97 649) adds dynamic steering and a sports differential. Various other options are offered.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/audi-rs5-sportback-in-sa-check-out-local-pricing-here/
 

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Audi RS5 Sportback (2019) Specs & Price

The Audi RS family has been bolstered with the introduction of the RS5 Sportback in South Africa. See specification and pricing details below...

Just like its coupe sibling and RS4 Avant, the RS5 Sportback harnesses the same twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine that produces 331 kW and 600 Nm of torque and together with an optimised 8-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, a zero to 100 kph sprint time of 3.9 seconds is achievable. Top speed is limited to 250 kph.

Equipped with an RS sports suspension, the RS5 Sportback sits some 7mm lower than the Audi S5 Sportback.

The RS5 Sportback’s interior is finished in black and can seat up to 5 people. Luggage space is generous too with a full 1 300 litres at your disposal with the 40:20:40 rear seats folded down. With the seats up, the load bay offers 480 litres.

Key standard features include LED headlights and tail lights, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, RS exhaust and Audi drive select dynamic handling system. The interior benefits from Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus as standard as well as RS sports seats in Nappa leather with diamond stitching and lumbar support.

A flat-bottomed RS multifunction steering wheel and stainless steel pedals add a sporty touch. Other nice-to-haves include a Bang & Olufsen sound system, automatic climate control and Audi’s pre sense basic, side assist and parking system plus with a rear-view camera.

Audi RS5 Sportback - Price in South Africa

Audi RS 5 Sportback 331kW quattro tiptronic - R1 312 000

The Audi RS5 Sportback comes standard with a 5-year/100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/audi-rs5-sportback-2019-specs--price/46285/
 

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ABT hands RS5 Sportback more power, carbon-fibre

Remember that tuned Audi RS5 Coupé ABT Sportsline revealed in 2018? Now the folks from the Bavarian firm has turned its attention to the Sportback variant of this Audi Sport model, handing it more power and adding subtle carbon-fibre trim both inside and out.

Dubbed RS5-R, the uprated Sportback was developed in conjuction with Californian company TAG Motorsports. Together, the tuners fettled with the engine by adding ABT's engine control unit, a water radiator kit, a rear muffler package (which includes 102 mm carbon-fibre tailpipe trim) and a new air intake cover. These upgrades result in the stock twin-turbo 2,9-litre V6 mill delivering a whopping 390 kW and 690 N.m of torque (up from the original figures of 331 kW and 600 N.m).

The kit furthermore includes height-adjustable suspension, complete with sports stabilisers fore and aft, and an aerodynamic package finished in visible carbon-fibre, including a revised front grille and a fresh rear spoiler. However, if you feel the car still looks too tame, ABT says you can specify optional wheelarch vents and carbon-fibre fins to make the five-door model look "even more agressive".

Interior items, such as the gearlever, have also recieved the carbon-fibre treatment. And the "ABT RS5-R 1 of 50" badge indicates that this is a special model.

Indeed, like the coupé-based derivative, the RS5-R Sportback will be offered in limited numbers.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/abt-hands-rs5-sportback-more-power-carbon-fibre-kit/

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Audi RS5 Sportback (2019) Review

Fast Facts

Price: R1 312 000 (April 2019, without options)
Engine: 2.9-litre V6 turbopetrol
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 9.1 L/100 km (claimed)
Power/Torque: 331 kW/600 Nm

Price and after-sales support

The Audi RS5 Sportback sits atop of the A5 pile. Retailing for R1 312 000, the RS5 Sportback is a touch more expensive than its coupe sibling (R1 297 000) and comes standard with a 5-year/100 000 km Audi Freeway (maintenance) Plan.

Verdict

Audi South Africa's decision to offer its potent 2.9-litre V6, in combination with quattro all-wheel drive, in at least 3 configurations, is sound. An RS5 coupe is limited in practicality and the market for the RS4 Avant (station wagon) is rather limited. The 5-door Sportback RS5 is the most sensible iteration... Not only does it offer that potent powertrain, but there's a credible load bay (accessible via a giant aperture). Rear legroom is acceptable too, although tall folk may not have quite enough headroom. It's priced fairly, sitting well within reach of its RS5 coupe and RS4 Avant siblings.

Should you buy it though? We think if you're looking for a high-performance vehicle that doesn't compromise on day-to-day comfort and practicality, you'd be hard-pressed to outdo Ingolstadt's offering. The Audi RS5 doesn't offer the precision and outright driving involvement of the BMW M3/M4, nor the outrageous soundtrack or brutish nature of the C63, but that's quite okay. While petrolheads will deplore the lack of launch control and that the Audi's a smidge slower than its rivals from the M and AMG divisions, the reality is that opportunities to really stretch the vehicle's legs are few and far between. If you think of the RS5 Sportback as a rapid, comfortable GT (as opposed to a sports sedan), the package makes the best sense.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/audi-rs5-sportback-2019-review/46467

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What a car...
Although I am not a fan of the interior design of the newer Audi models, the package as a whole is awesome.
 

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Audi RS5 returns to range with free-breathing 444bhp V6

Just 250 Coupé and 250 Sportback versions of BMW M4 rival to be sold before WLTP-mandated particulate filter is added

Audi has reintroduced the RS5 to its range of performance vehicles, in both Coupé and four-door Sportback forms, as a limited-run special edition.

The two-door has been unavailable for the past year due to delays in the model undergoing the new WLTP efficiency tests, while the Sportback is making its market debut following a launch in March 2018.

Just 250 of each bodystyle will be sold, exclusively in Audi Sport Edition trim, which is priced from £68,985.

An Audi spokesperson said these 500 units are likely to be the final RS5 models sold before a particulate filter is installed as part of a range update in 2020.

For now, the RS5’s twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine produces an unchanged 444bhp and 443lb ft, with drive sent to both axles via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/audi-rs5-returns-range-free-breathing-444bhp-v6
 

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Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 UK review

Should I buy one?

That really depends on what you’re after. If you want a reactive, thrilling sports saloon, you’ll be better served by a BMW M3, an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or a Mercedes-AMG C 63. If you want a car that’ll just get on with the job of travelling very quickly and very securely with no fuss whatsoever over practically any stretch of road you care to point it down, then the RS5 Sportback has its merits.

I think it makes for a superior long-distance cruiser than any of those other rivals, too. On the drive back to the UK from Germany, it was quiet and comfortable and felt completely at home with the idea of travelling at high speed for a sustained period of time. It also rode well, provided you didn’t find yourself travelling over any particularly scarred sections of Tarmac.

Would I be inclined to buy one? If its steering was more tactile, its handling more playful and its engine more characterful, I probably would. If it could manage all of those things, I think it’d be a wildly entertaining car. But as it stands, it’s a bit too one-dimensional for my liking.

Audi RS5 Sportback Audi Sport Edition

Where Germany Price £68,985 On sale Now Engine 6 cyls, 2894cc, twin-turbo, petrol Power 444bhp at 5700-6700rpm Torque 443lb ft at 1900-5000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1720kg Top speed 174mph (governed) 0-62mph 3.9sec Fuel economy 29.7mpg CO2 No WLTP figure available Rivals Mercedes-AMG C 63, BMW M3, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/audi/rs5/first-drives/audi-rs5-sportback-2019-uk-review

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Quick test: Audi RS5 Sportback

While performance SUVs are all the rage lately, Audi South Africa slipped its RS4 and RS5 Sportback models into the country.

The former is a station wagon and the latter a four-door sedan with a sloping roofline. I drove the RS4 a week prior to hopping into the RS 5 and with its elegant frame-less windows and sleek silhouette I found it to be the better car to look at.

But that's where my comparison ends, plus, styling is subjective anyway. Under the bonnet, the RS5 sports the same 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in the RS 4 with power figures of 331kW/600Nm.

The RS 5 can seat four adults comfortably and has boot 480-litre boot. It's been festooned with RS badges and rides on 20" wheels.

As with all fast Audis, power is sent to all four wheels and 0-100km/h takes under four seconds according to Ingolstadt.

https://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/quick-test-audi-rs5-sportback-20190628
 

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Audi RS5 (Sportback) featuring Performance with Page - LibeRebil

 
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