Building on the heritage and success of the first generation, the RS 5 Coupe was all-new in 2018, featuring refined design and powerful performance with everyday usability. Update for 2019 include the addition of an available Alu optic carbon package and Black optic carbon package, which include 20’’ 5-arm-trapazoid forged wheels with bi-color anthracite finish and summer performance tires, carbon exterior side mirror housings, carbon rear lip spoiler, front spoiler and side trim and a high gloss black exterior kit with quattro script. Also new for 2019, Audi virtual cockpit, Audi MMI Navigation plus and MMI touch are standard, and a heated steering wheel is available as a standalone option.
The new 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback represents the latest model in the highly successful Audi Sport family, with breakthrough 5-door coupe design and exceptional performance. Coming to the U.S. market at the end of 2018, the RS 5 Sportback offers the ideal balance of high design, functionality and track-worthy driving dynamics.
The 2019 Audi RS 5 features a newly developed 2.9-liter V6 TFSI biturbo engine, which compared to its naturally-aspirated V8 predecessor, delivers more power, and weighs 68 pounds less. The 2.9-liter V6 biturbo engine generates 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, 126 lb-ft of peak torque more than the previous generation, and it is available between a broad range of 1,900 and 5,000 rpm. As a result, the RS 5 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a class-leading 3.7 seconds, eight tenths of a second faster than the previous generation RS 5, and achieve a top track speed of 155 mph, or increased to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.
Similar to the S5 coupe V6 engine design, each of the two turbochargers on the 2.9-liter engine of 2019 Audi RS 5 are positioned directly inside the “V” and generate a max buildup of 21.5 PSI. This compact configuration ensures improved engine responsiveness and performance. As for intake, the Audi valvelift system (AVS) changes the duration of the valve opening depending on the throttle and engine speed. To help increase engine efficiency and power, the V6 engine uses a centrally mounted fuel injector and a combustion method with shorter compression and longer expansion phases. This allows for a higher compression ratio of 10.0:1, further improving the engine’s efficiency and allowing for greater power and torque delivery.
The power of the biturbo engine flows through an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with self-locking center differential that focuses on high levels of performance and acceleration. A traction control system manages distribution for maximum acceleration with minimal slip.
The standard quattro all-wheel drive offers high-precision handling through active torque distribution to both axles. In regular driving situations, the system delivers 60 percent of the torque to the rear axle and 40 percent to the front. However, when needed, power can be redirected to the opposite axle, with up to 70 percent of torque to the front and up to 85 percent to the rear axle. The standard quattro sport rear differential with RS-specific tuning offers a dynamic driving experience by actively splitting torque between the wheels of the rear axle, with the ability to direct nearly all available rear torque to one wheel.
The 2019 Audi RS 5 newly developed front and rear suspension allows for both a sporty driving experience and more comfortable ride for long distances. The redesigned front five-link suspension with lightweight construction offers greater steering precision and better handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers. With the standard RS sport suspension, the RS 5 sits 7 mm lower than the S5. RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control, which uses steel springs and adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve, is also available. When cornering at speed, the valves regulate the oil flow in the shock absorber of the deflected outside front wheel almost immediately. This increases the support and reduces pitch and roll movements to improve the vehicle’s overall driving dynamics.
Drivers can customize their driving experience through the standard Audi drive select system which offers four distinct drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. Each mode allows the driver to adjust the quattro sport differential, dynamic steering, and dynamic ride control (if equipped), in addition to being able to change gear shift points, steering and throttle response. Handling is also improved by RS-specific programming for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) unit with wheel-selective torque control and an available sport mode. Also as part of the Audi drive select system, both with the standard RS exhaust system and with the available RS Sport exhaust, the driver can control the opening and closing of the exhaust flaps in order to hear more of the exhaust sound.
Available RS-tuned dynamic steering offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting. At higher driving speeds, dynamic steering helps to improve straight-line stability, and at lower driving speeds, a more direct steering ratio is used to help increase steering response for easy maneuvering. Additionally, unique to RS models, when in dynamic mode, dynamic steering locks the steering ratio at 13.5:1 for a consistent response.
The design of the 2019 Audi RS 5 Coupe draws inspiration from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. The wave-design shoulder line underscores the athleticism of the coupe and the flared box fenders provide cues to the standard quattro all-wheel drive, in addition to widening the body by 15mm on each side. At the front, the Singleframe grille with the signature quattro script is wider and flatter than the A5 Coupe and larger air intakes in the lower bumper serve the engine’s need for cooling. Additional sporty accents on the rear include an RS-specific diffuser, large oval “RS” exhaust pipes, and a rear-lip spoiler.
The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback features a wide and flat Singleframe grille, large RS-specific honeycomb air intakes, matte alu-optic front spoiler with quattro script, matte alu-optic exterior mirror housings and high gloss black side sills. Enhancing the distinct and sporty rear, the sportback features a RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes and a high gloss black rear-lip spoiler.
Additional exterior design details include:
- Standard 19-inch, 10-spoke-star design forged wheels with 265/35 summer performance tires
- Auto-dimming, heated, power folding exterior side mirrors
- Power sunroof with tilt and slide functionality
- Standard full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals
- RS exterior elements including matte alu-optic exterior mirror housings, matte alu-optic front spoiler with quattro script, high gloss black side sills and rear lip spoiler, and wider front and rear fenders
- Available Black optic package which includes 20” 5-arm-trapezoid design forged wheels with bi-color anthracite finish and 275/30 summer performance tires, a high gloss black exterior kit with quattro script and exterior side mirrors in the vehicle body color, or available 20” 5-arm-peak design milled and forged wheels in bi-color anthracite black matte finish with 275/30 summer performance tires
Similar to the S5, the 2019 Audi RS 5 features the brand’s hallmark wing-design wrap-around dashboard with driver-oriented interior with easy-to-operate controls and functions. From its S sport seats with RS embossing, flat-bottomed, perforated leather RS sport steering wheel and gear shift, and stainless steel pedals, the RS 5 Coupe is a sports car offering an all-encompassing performance Audi Sport package and a high degree of everyday practicality.
The 2019 Audi RS 5, while offering outstanding performance, also integrates benchmark technologies including standard Audi smartphone interface, which provides Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration for compatible mobile devices, available Audi virtual cockpit and full color head-up display.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Audi RS 5 is a high-performance coupe or four-door hatchback offered in one well-equipped trim level. Both are identically equipped, so the choice comes down to whether you want two or four doors and whether you want more room for luggage and cargo. Both are powered with a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (444 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Standard features includes 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, parking sensors, automatic wipers, auto-dimming and heated side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, and three-zone automatic climate control. In-car tech comes in the form of an 8.3-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, a 10-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a configurable digital gauge cluster display (Virtual Cockpit). Safety equipment include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and intervention, and blind-spot monitoring.
Audi offers a variety of option packages to choose. Included in these packages are mechanical upgrades such as carbon-ceramic front brakes, variable suspension dampers, a sport exhaust and variable-ratio steering. The RS Driver Assistance package will give you driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and a lane keeping system. Other optional features include different 20-inch wheel designs, carbon-fiber exterior trim, premium leather upholstery, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The 2019 Audi RS 5 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $75,195 for both Coupe and Sportback, (includes a $995 destination fee). As expected, the price is slightly higher than the the BMW M4, and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe. But keep in mind that most buyer aren’t seeking the least expensive in this segment — this is an emotional purchase, based on visual impact, luxury, and even the sound of the exhaust.
2.9-liter six-cylinder biturbo
2,894 cc / 176 cu. in.
Audi valvelift system, DOHC, direct-intercooler
Bore x Stroke
3.33 in. x 3.39 in
10.0 : 1
444 hp @ 5700 - 6700 rpm
443 ft-lbs. @ 1900 - 5000 rpm
Biturbo / TFSI
Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic with manual shifting mode
quattro all-wheel drive with sport rear differential
Minimum fuel requirement
155 mph / Optional 174 mph
Zero to 60 mph
3.7 sec (Coupe)
3.8 sec (Sportback)
Zero to 100 mph
9.0 sec (Coupe)
8.9 sec (Sportback)
12.4 sec (Coupe)
12.0 sec (Sportback)
EPA fuel estimated (mpg)
18 City / 27 Highway / 21 Combined (Coupe)
17 City / 26 Highway / 20 Combined (Sportback)
Fuel tank capacity
RS 5 Coupe
RS 5 Sportback
73.4 in. (79.9 including mirrors)
73.4 in. (79.9 including mirrors)
11.6 cu. ft.
21.8 cu. ft.