For 2021, the Audi RS5’s design language departs a little from the previous model year. And its powerplant, like its good looks, remains a constant.
The new version of the mid-series performance sedan sees a few changes up front, with a slightly larger grille and a new bumper. LED lights in the front are picked up in the rear, giving the whole a greater cohesion, and a modicum of extra slickness; regarding the latter, a trio of 20” rim options allow buyers to option a more tailored look.
But the six-cylinder remains unchanged, and the eight-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro system are along for the ride as well. The RS5’s turbocharged 2.9L engine delivers 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, enough to take it to 60 in under 4 seconds. And the top speed carries over from 2020 as well: it is limited to 155 MPH.
Inside the cabin are where the substantive updates are to be found. A new, 10.1” touchscreen makes navigating cabin controls and Audi’s MMI infotainment easier. The Audi Virtual Cockpit and head-up display aren’t standard in the RS5, though, any more than they were last year, but a new, 12.3” digital instrument readout replaces the outgoing cluster. A few dashes of carbon fiber and some bright contrast stitching spruce up the cabin aesthetics.
Europe will see the 2021 RS 5 in the following months. It is expected that U.S. buyers will see it in the third quarter of the year.