2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Launched
The 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback has been released in India at an introductory price of Rs 1.04 crore (ex-showroom, India). The Mercedes-AMG C 63 competitor is now available in India as a four-door Sportback, rather than the two-door Coupe that was previously available. In India, the 2021 RS 5 Sportback joins the S5 Sportback, which debuted in March, and the RS7 Sportback in Audi’s performance sedan portfolio.
The revised RS5 has two extra doors and a different exterior design from the two-door coupe that was debuted in India in 2018. The front grille has been enlarged and is now completed in gloss black with honeycomb inserts, while the headlights have been sharpened and are equipped with Matrix LED technology. The air intakes, as well as the RS-specific bumpers, have been modified. The RS5 Sportback’s sloping roofline gives it a sporty, coupe-like look on the sides. The Sportback also comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels and frameless doors for enhanced visual impact. New LED taillights and a redesigned diffuser and bumper are among the changes at the back.
Nardo Grey, Turbo Blue, Tango Red, Mythos Black, Glacier White, Navarra Blue, Sonoma Green, and Daytona Grey are the eight colours offered for the Audi RS 5 Sportback.
The overall architecture and dashboard design of the cabin is substantially identical to the previous model. The 2021 RS 5 will, however, feature an entirely new infotainment system. Black and rock grey leather and Alcantara upholstery with aluminium trim pieces make up the interior. The Sportback has stainless steel pedals and RS scuff plates on the running boards, as it is an RS model.
The 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback features a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus and MMI Touch technology, a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, a 180W Audi sound system, a three-spoke RS steering wheel with paddle shifters, three-zone auto AC, power-adjustable front sports seats, Alcantara and leather upholstery, ambient lighting, an RS steering wheel with paddle shifters, three-zone auto AC, power-adjustable front sports seats
Six airbags, ABS with EBD, hill-hold assist, ESC, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking camera, and front and rear parking sensors are included in the RS 5 Sportback’s safety features.
Audi will also provide a 5-year warranty and 5-year roadside support package to RS 5 Sportback purchasers.
The 2021 Audi RS5 Sportback is driven by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 450 horsepower and 600 Nm. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and power is distributed to all four wheels using Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The RS 5 Sportback accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour, which is electronically regulated.
The 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback also has two RS modes, which change the car’s power delivery, transmission, and steering sensitivity. The Audi drive choice button on the steering wheel is used to control these settings.
The RS sports suspension is also included, which is said to be “honed to give excellent dynamic handling on the road.”
Only one direct competitor for the 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback is currently available in India: the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe, which costs Rs 1.33 crore (ex-showroom, India).
The Audi RS 5 competes in international markets against the BMW M3, the Lexus RC F, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
The e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback, Audi’s first all-electric models, were just released in India, and the German automaker has a host of new SUVs set up for release this year, after the launch of the RS5. This features the all-new Q3 as well as facelifted Q5 and Q7 SUVs. Later this year, Audi will release an all-new version of the A3 sedan.
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