If you’ve been keeping an eye on new car prices for a while, you’ve probably noticed a trend. With each new generation or mid-cycle facelift, automakers increase the starting price a bit. The premium is usually justified as the cars come with more standard kit than their predecessors. In a surprising move, Audi Australia is adding goodies while slashing the price tags of the RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe, and RS5 Sportback.
The facelifted variants have arrived Down Under and they all have adaptive cruise control (with stop & go), a 360-degree camera, head-up display, auto-dimming mirrors, and active lane assist. To sweeten the deal, Audi Australia throws in heated and electrically adjustable front seats with a massaging function, not to mention a panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate (excluding coupe, obviously), and tinted windows.
Needless to say, the cars come with the much-improved design introduced with the mid-cycle update, along with the RS1 and RS2 (no, not that RS2) configurable driving modes accessible via the steering wheel. The new MMI infotainment system is bumped to a 10.1-inch size and Australians can also pay more to get matrix LED headlights, which are exclusive to the RS versions of the A4 and A5 lineups.
And now for the best part, the RS4 Avant is $4,629 AUD cheaper than before, kicking off at $147,900, excluding the on-road costs. Should you want the RS5 Coupe or the RS5 Sportback, these two command a $3,000 premium over the performance wagon, which would be our pick of the range. Both RS5s are now $6,800 more affordable than before. Those willing to pay more can order an RS design package for $3,400 or a styling pack in either carbon or black available at $11,200.
For extra peace of mind, $1,950 gets you three years’ worth of Audi’s service plan. Alternatively, the five-year plan can be had for $3,050.