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Audi RS5 Coupe and Sportback Facelift Come to America with Two Special Editions

It’s actually been awhile since the facelift of the Audi RS5 debuted in Europe but it’s finally coming to the US market and it’s bringing two special edition models, to make up for the longer wait; the Ascari and Black Optic Launch Editions.

 

We’ve already seen the Audi RS5 facelift, on both the Coupe and Sportback models, so its new looks aren’t anything new. It’s new for the US market but most Audi enthusiasts already know what it looks like. The powertrain is also unchanged from the Euro model. So it’s still a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. According to Audi, 0-60 mph takes 3.7 seconds and it has a top sped of 155 mph, with both new special editions getting a 174 mph top speed.

 

Speaking of special editions, the two new ones are really why we’re here. Both of which are launch editions for the newly facelifted Audi RS5 and will both be sold in limited numbers. For the Ascari Launch Edition, there will be 25 Coupes and 100 Sportback models sold. While the Black Optic Launch Edition will be made in larger numbers; 100 Coupes and 325 Sportbacks.

 

Both special edition models come with unique touches that make them look and feel a bit different from standard RS5 models. They come equipped as follows:

 

Ascari Launch Edition

  • Audi exclusive Ascari Blue metallic paint
  • Blue brake calipers and ceramic front brakes
  • 20” 5-arm-flag design forged wheels in silver finish with summer performance tires
  • Carbon fiber trimmed engine cover
  • 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel in Alcantara® with shift paddles
  • Audi dynamic steering which offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting
  • Audi exclusive painted matte alu-optic side sill inlays
  • RS Carbon matte inlays and RS design package interior with gray contrast stitching
  • RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control and RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes
  • Driver assistance package and navigation package

Black Optic Launch Edition 

  • 20” 5-segment-spoke-evo design wheels in high-gloss black finish with summer performance tires
  • Available colors include Mythos Black, Glacier White, Daytona Gray, Nardo Gray, Tango Red.
  • Black Audi rings and badges
  • Black roof (Coupe only, excludes Mythos Black)
  • High-gloss black exterior elements including black mirror housings, front spoiler and rear diffuser trim
  • 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel in Alcantara® with shift paddles
  • Audi dynamic steering which offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting
  • Dynamic package which includes red brake calipers, RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control and the RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes
  • RS Carbon matte inlays and RS design package interior with red contrast stitching
  • Driver assistance package and navigation package

Both cars look great and have their own unique little touches but the Ascari Edition is the one to have. Not only is it a great color but it’s going to be a bit more special. It’s the only way you can get Ascari Blue on the RS5 and it’s being sold in fewer numbers. If you want your Audi RS5 to stand out among the crowd, these two special editions can help with that.

 

CategoriesEditorial RS5
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.