2020 Audi RS5 Carbon Black Brings Back The Murdered-Out Look

The Audi RS5 Carbon Black has been part of the company’s lineup in the United Kingdom for a few years, but now it’s been given an update in line with the regular RS5’s comprehensive facelift. Stafford Audi just shot a brief presentation film with the black beauty, which in terms of pricing is positioned between the regular RS5 Sportback and the RS5 Vorsprung.

It costs £75,925, and despite its RS5 Carbon Black moniker, the special version is available with a choice of nine colors. This particular car lives up to the model’s name and adopts a murdered-out look with a Mythos Black metallic paint and a plethora of dark accents. From the 20-inch alloys and  Four Rings and RS badging to the tinted windows and oval RS Sport Exhaust tips, just about everything comes in black.

Rounding off the changes on the outside are the carbon accents noticeable on the front spoiler, front side flap, rear diffuser insert, and for the side sill inserts as well. More carbon can be found inside the cabin, specifically on the dashboard, center console, and the door cards. Being a special version of the RS5, the Carbon Black is generously equipped with the Audi Virtual Cockpit and the 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen introduced with the car’s mid-cycle facelift.

The RS5 Carbon Black doesn’t have any mechanical upgrades over the regular model, so it soldiers on with the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6, Quattro all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. The 450 horsepower and 600 Newton-meters (442 pound-feet) of torque guarantee a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

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Go for the more expensive £87,425 Vorsprung variant and you get the more sophisticated RS Sport suspension plus that automatically adjusts to improve handling, especially during high-speed cornering. It also comes along with laser headlights (instead of matrix LED), 360-degree camera, and other upgrades to justify its hefty premium over this RS5 Carbon Black.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.