Cars like the RS4 Avant and RS6 Avant are considered by Audi enthusiasts as being perfect for a one-car garage. While the RS5 Sportback doesn’t match the high level of practicality the two super wagons offer, it remains one of the most versatile models on sale today to carry the Four Rings. Much like the entire A4/A5 lineup, the car recently went through a mid-cycle facelift to remain fresh and competitive.
Our friend Auditography had the pleasure of spending a few hours with a high-end version of the RS5 Sportback for a video shoot. What makes it an upscale version of an already range-topping model is not only the Audi Exclusive Sonoma Green paint, but also those wheels. It’s an optional 20-inch set finished in matte bronze that was introduced with the model’s revision.
As if these two upgrades weren’t enough to make the RS5 hugely desirable, whoever configured the car also ticked the boxes on the options list that said Carbon Fiber Package and matrix LED headlights. The end result is a sophisticated liftback ideal for all seasons thanks to its standard Quattro all-wheel drive and hatchback configuration. It also happens to be seriously quick courtesy of a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine.
It’s not all perfect though. Being a car built for the European market, it means Audi had to fit the RS5 Sportback with a gasoline particulate filter that makes the exhaust’s soundtrack less appealing. The car also is equipped with a soft rev limiter, meaning you can’t rev the engine past 4,000 rpm when the gearbox is in neutral.
These modifications were necessary to make the car comply with the stricter emissions regulations applicable on the Old Continent. Perhaps we should see the glass half full and be happy Audi found a way to still sell the RS5 in Europe’s tighter regulations regarding emissions. While the somewhat muted exhaust doesn’t sound as good as the rest of the car is, it’s still a pleasure to hear the V6 while it does its thing.