New Audi RS 4 Avant and RS 5 Coupé already have versions Carbon Edition up to 80 kg lighter
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 27, 2017
Earlier this year we met the new Audi RS 5 Coupé, now biturbo, and more recently, on the occasion of the Frankfurt Motor Show, we have also seen the new Audi RS 4 Avant, which resorts to the same formula. From now on, in addition, there will be available versions for Carbon Edition, lighter and featuring carbon fiber elements.
The latest Audi Sport Carbon Edition family members will hit the UK market between December (RS 5) and March 2018 (RS 4). We do not know if they will be available in Spain and, therefore, there are no prices, but we know that in Britain the price difference with respect to the basic versions moves between 11,000 and 14,000 euros.
To begin with, the exterior of the body wears various components of carbon fiber reinforced polymer or CFRP, such as front splitter, heelers, rear diffuser insert, engine cover, spoiler, rearview mirror housings or interior trim . In addition, in the case of the RS 5 Coupé the whole roof is made of this light material.
Carbon adds a matte aluminum finish for grille frames and windows, or lower bumper areas, as well as tinted windows, 20-inch aluminum wheels in five-spoke design and finished in matt black anthracite ( instead of the 19 "series) or red brake calipers.
In the passenger compartment they include RS nappa leather upholstery for sports seats (with contrasting red stitching), Audi Virtual Cockpit specific for RS, MMI Navigation Plus, Audi Connect and assistance systems such as anti-collision brake or blind-angle assist . The so-called Driver Assistance package optionally adds the Active Lane Maintenance Assistant or Cross Traffic Alert.
450 hp, but up to 80 kilograms lighter
These special editions, whose production will not be limited in number, maintains the propeller 2.9 TFSI six-cylinder turbocharger, with 450 hp and 600 Nm of maximum torque (figure that supposes 170 Nm more than the previous 4.2 liters V8 atmospheric). Of course they resort to quattro all-wheel drive and incorporate the rear sport differential that distributes the torque between the rear wheels.
These Carbon Edition also incorporate an RS sports exhaust, RS Matrix LED headlights or dynamic front and rear turn signals, but elements such as Dynamic Ride Control, carboceramic brakes or sports steering RS, are still part of the list of options .
The aforementioned tires save 2 kilograms each compared to conventional forged wheels, and in the case of the RS 5 Coupé the carbon roof saves an additional 3 kilograms. In total, the RS 4 Avant Carbon Edition weighs 80 kilograms less than the standard variant, while the RS 5 Coupé saves 60 kilograms.