Were you ever a fan of the Audi RS4 Avant or the RS5 Coupe? If you were, we have something even flashier for you - that is if you are the kind of person who likes to stand out of the crowd. It is the all new Carbon Edition for both high-performance models. Instantly, you would think of a massive weight loss, but that is not all because the vehicles will also come with an RS sport exhaust and matrix LED headlights.
Given that name, we would expect the models to have a body that has been given carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) components. True enough, certain parts including the front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser insert and mirror caps have all been swapped with carbon fiber. There is also some noticeable carbon fiber trim on the interior and the engine cover. The RS5’s roof has been replaced by this, saving it a total of 6 pounds 10 ounces (3 kilograms).
Other than the carbon fiber bits, the Carbon Edition also includes a few other accents to add some style to the car. The radiator grille on the front fascia now has a matte aluminum finish, and matte titanium materials can be found on the Quattro logo as well as the window surrounds. To finish this off, the windows had been given a darker tint as well.
And guess what? Updates from the Carbon Edition do not end there. Both the Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 will be given a set of 20-inch wheels with a five-spoke design, that is finished in Anthracite Matte Black. Audi uses a unique and complicated milling process on the wheels to get that complex design, rather than sticking with simple, flat spokes. Not only is it about design, but the wheels also shaved off some weight. Each of them lost 4 pounds 7 ounces compared to the models’ standard 19-inch wheels.
The RS4 Avant and the RS5 both have the same powertrain under their hoods - a 2.9 liter biturbo V6 with 444 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 443 pound feet (600 Newton-metres) of torque, working with an eight-speed automatic that brings power to the all wheel drive system. Some of the options include an RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control and ceramic brakes that buyers can add for extra performance.
As for the pricing, the Carbon Edition RS4 Avant costs £71,625, while the RS5 Coupe variant is a little pricier at £75,400. The former is £10,000 more expensive than the standard model, while the latter is £12,500 more. Interested customers in the UK can get the Carbon Edition pack for the RS5 starting December, while RS4 Avant owners will have to wait until March 2018.