The Audi RS5 Coupe is a standalone model that is offered with one drivetrain configuration. It is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 444 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque - output that is split between both front and rear axles. An eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission from ZF handles shifts with no manual gearbox offered. LED Matrix-design headlights with laser light are standard, as are forged 19-inch wheels, heated and massaging front seats, and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio setup. A 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display handles media and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio as standard. However, you have to pay extra for MMI Navigation plus.
There have been a couple of changes to packages for the 2023 model year. The one that most people will care about is the new Competition Package. Although it carries a high cost of $16,100, it comes with a long list of enhancements to the styling and underpinnings. The upgrades include a coilover suspension system with front and rear sport sway bars, a top speed limiter raised to 180 mph, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, front ceramic brakes, additional Alcantara trim inside, special seats, and an RS sport exhaust system. Although it becomes difficult to justify an RS5 that costs over $90k, this package does improve an already excellent car.
Last year's Audi Exclusive Bronze Styling Package is gone, but the RS Design Package remains. The latter costs $1,500 and groups together Alcantara for the steering wheel and other elements, RS logo floor mats, and seatbelts with red edging.
For $3,400, the Dynamic Package includes red brake calipers, an RS sport exhaust system, and an RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control. At $5,500, the Black Optic Carbon Package introduces 20-inch forged wheels and several exterior carbon fittings to the exterior.
The RS5 falls a bit short when it comes to standard driver-assistance gear, so it's worth considering the $3,000 RS Driver Assistance Package. This package's highlights are adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a top-view camera system, and traffic sign recognition.