As if the upcoming Audi RS4 Avant or the new Audi RS5 Coupe weren’t expensive or high-tech enough, Audi is creating a Carbon Edition for both cars. If you’re thinking the Carbon Edition brings some extra carbon to both cars, you’d be right. Both cars get extensive amounts of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) but it does come at a cost. In the UK, the Carbon Edition for either car will cost up to £12,500, which is not cheap.
Admittedly, it does come with a lot of carbon fiber, which is an expensive material. So both cars get front splitters, mirror caps, spoliers, diffusers and basically everything else covered in carbon fiber. The Audi RS5 Coupe also gets a carbon fiber roof (which is a standalone option on the standard car as well). The latter is why the Audi RS5 Coupe Carbon Edition is quite a bit more expensive than the RS4 Avant. It also gets new 20″ milled alloy wheels, which shed 2 kg per wheel.
Aside from the carbon aesthetics, the Carbon Edition also bundles in some standard options, such as the sports exhaust and new LED headlights. Which is Audi’s way of making it seem like a bargain. But really, the Carbon Edition is only to make the RS4 and RS5 look a bit more aggressive. In our honest opinion, it’s probably not worth it.
Especially considering how good the regular cars are, if you can call either of them regular. Both cars come with the same 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6, making 450 hp, and eight-speed automatic. That means 0-60 mph in about 4 seconds flat, which is pretty damned fast. While the RS5 Coupe is the sexier looking car of the two, it’s really the Audi RS4 Avant that you should buy. Its wagon body style means it can pack a family into it, and their luggage, while also blasting at triple-digit speeds. And you don’t even need a Carbon Edition to do it.