Lighter, Audi RS4 and RS5 Carbon Edition models launched

Audi has added new Carbon Edition models for its RS4 Avant and RS 5 Coupé ranges, with related weight saving of 60kg and 80kg.

The lighter variants are equipped with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) parts, including a front spoiler, sill extensions, and diffuser. The door mirror caps are also in CFRP, while the RS5 also gets a CFRP roof and rear spoiler.

Within both the all-wheel-drive models are CFRP and inlays, Fine Nappa leather seats black with contrast red stitching. The usual series RS standard features, including Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which includes a 8.3 touch screen and a 12.3-in digital instrument cluster, remain.

Added to the exterior is in brushed aluminum finish metallic exterior trim, while the 20in five-spoke aluminum wheels in place of standard 19in. The 20in wheels are provided with milled slots that require the processes of production of the Audi otherwise it retains only for its super sports or racing wheels. Behind these are the red brake calipers. Despite their enlarged diameter, each wheel remove 2 kg of unsprung mass from the car.

The RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions weigh 60kg and 80kg less than their regular siblings, but even this lightweight RS4 still tips the scales at 1730kg, while the carbon intensity of RS5 weighs 1585kg.

Both Carbon Editions stick with the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine as the regular variants, output 444bhp and 443lb ft of torque. Improvements are required for straight-line speed, leaving the RS4 was 0-62 mph dash in 4.1 sec and the RS5 is 3.9 sec.

Carbon Edition models are equipped with Quattro Sport rear differential is standard. The RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes and dynamic steering are optional.

The RS4 Carbon Edition is available at the price of £71,625, which is £10,000 more than the standard model. The RS5 Carbon Edition costs £75,400, which is £ 12,500 more than the standard variant. Order books are open now.

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