2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback Arrive With Two Special Editions

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Following updates last year, the 2021 Audi RS5 Sportback and 2021 Audi RS5 Coupe arrive on the market sporting some new upgrades and two special edition models. Both RS5 variants now look more like the RS6 and RS7 with a new Singleframe grille, retro ventilation slits, an RS-specific diffuser, and oval exhaust pipes. Two Launch Edition models called the Ascari Launch Edition and Black Optic Launch Edition add unique styling touches.

The Ascari is limited to 125 units (25 Coupes and 100 Sportbacks), all finished in Ascari Blue metallic paint. It also gets matching blue brake calipers, 20-inch five-spoke wheels, a carbon-fiber engine cover, an Alcantara steering wheel, RS Carbon matte inlays, RS design package interior, RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control, RS sport exhaust system, driver assistance package, and navigation.

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The Black Optic model is slightly less exclusive limited to 425 units (100 Coupes and 325 Sportbacks), which come finished in a choice of Mythos Black, Glacier White, Daytona Gray, Nardo Gray, or Tango Red. This model also gets black Audi rings and badges, red brake calipers, plus a black roof on the Coupe version.

Just like last year's models, the RS5 uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets the car up to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds for the Coupe and 3.8 seconds for the Sportback. Both can hit 155 mph or 174 mph with the Ascari Launch Edition.

Inside, the models now get a MIB 3 infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and enhanced computing power.

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For 2021, the RS5 Coupe starts at $75,100 with the Sportback commanding just $300 more at $75,400. This price difference evaporates for the Black Optic Launch Edition models, which both come in at $87,400. If you want the Ascari Launch Edition, it's by far the priciest, likely due to its rarity and exclusive options. The Ascari costs $95,600 for the Coupe and $95,900 for the Sportback.

The 2021 RS5 should arrive at dealerships in late 2020 or early 2021.

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