Do you know exactly how a muffler works? What is compression and rebound and how does it affect a car’s handling? If not, then don’t bother with this article at all and order an RS5 with adaptive suspension, where you can switch between comfort and sports suspension settings with a button in the cabin – and you will be extremely satisfied. But if you like to tinker around in your car and learn the fine nuances of fine-tuning like a great test driver, then you need something better…

What is what?

Compression: The rate at which the suspension compresses when absorbing a shock.

Rebound: The rate at which the spring returns to its original position after the shock has been damped.

Audi therefore supplies the RS4 and RS5 models with an additional Competition Pack with passive shock absorbers, which, however, have three-way manual adjustment as in a real racing car – in addition to lowering the ground clearance (by 10 mm, while it is already 10 mm lower with these shock absorbers as standard) you can adjust damping and rebound in just a few steps.

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On 20″ wheels, the lowered RS5 looks great.

In total, they allow over three thousand variants, so you can tune your sharp Audi exactly according to your own driving preferences (stiffer or softer chassis, sharper front end and more oversteerable rear end or, on the contrary, a more balanced setting, etc.) and perhaps even according to a specific circuit – Audi will include a manual with the car with ideal settings on selected race tracks.

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In addition to the RS4 and RS5, you can have two different Competition packages that really spice up the experience behind the wheel.

How sharp do you want it?

Audi offers two Competition packages for the RS4 and RS5 series:

Basic Competition 234,000 will bring you 20″ wheels and a noisier RS ​​exhaust, shifting the maximum speed limit from 250 km/h to 290, Matrix LED headlights and top LED taillights, plus a package of black optics on the outside and seats upholstered in Dinamica microfiber and leather on the inside.

Higher Competition plus for 325,000, they will also add dynamic steering, a sports differential, and the shock absorbers just mentioned. The choice is pretty clear, what do you say…?

And also a set of tools, for which you will also need a pry bar and a wheel wrench. The shock absorbers are not adjusted with a button in the car or on the infotainment display, but rather directly on the shock absorber body. Which means that the wheels have to be down (more precisely, for the front dampers, you just need to open the hood to change the rebound setting, to adjust the damping, it might be enough to turn the wheel, but for the rear ones, it won’t work without removing the wheels). Most of the owners will not even try to change anything and leave all the lectures about changing the characteristics of the shock absorbers and its effect on the car’s behavior to the pub for fooling around with friends over a beer.

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Button? No way, to readjust the shock absorbers you will have to take special tools, including a pry bar and a wheel wrench.

But that doesn’t matter either, because these dampers are already great in their basic settings! Naturally stiffer, as befits and belongs to a proper sports car, at the same time flexible enough that they won’t shake your soul even in Czech districts. Coupled with sticky 275/30 R20 Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, you’ve got plenty of grip to lean on, while still feeling the car’s slight leans subtly emphasizing what’s going on.

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450 horses? Make sure that the RS5 flies like crazy!

Compared to the otherwise rather “flat” ride of the standard RS, these shock absorbers, together with the quattro four-wheel sports differential, bring a greater degree of adaptability – in other words, you can play with the steering wheel, brake and gas a little with the driving track in the wing. The car will draw you more into the driving process and allow you to really have fun on the popular winding circuit.

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The additional chassis works great even in the basic settings. And if its characteristics don’t suit you, you can adjust it according to your wishes.

If only because you have 450 horsepower under your right foot at your command, which will shoot you from standstill to 100 in a brutal 3.8 seconds for the roar and howl of a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder that also likes to shoot the exhaust and at all vehemently tries to get you to they didn’t bother with the steering wheel. At the same time, it can also calm down and be quiet and drive long distances under nine liters.

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At the same time, it is enough to switch the car and yourself to comfort mode and you can drive comfortably after shopping or on vacation to the other side of Europe.

The sharpest RS5 Sportback is able to deceive a little with its body. It has four doors, four full-size seats and a 480-litre boot to go with it, plenty of digital technology and comfort equipment, an automatic transmission and a knack for leisurely crossing continents, but it won’t fool the careful observer – just look at all those vents and sharp lines, those lightweight wheels with with low shells, on those squishy exhaust tips that resemble howitzer heads. On command, the whole car snaps and shoots you around the county so fast that your passenger will squeal in fear!

And the great thing is that you can sharpen this speedster according to your own preferences. It already works great as a base, with the Competition package it is even more attractive and with the technical accessories of the Competition Plus package it is simply brilliant.

The basic price of the Audi RS5 Sportback is CZK 2,486,900, but you can cheerfully screw it up by adding additional equipment elements, which include the Competition (CZK 233,900) and Competition Plus (CZK 324,700) packages.

Specifications
Motor forked six-cylinder, stored in the front along, turbocharger
Displacement volume 2,894 cm3
Performance 331 kW (450 hp) at 5,700-6,700 rpm.
Torque 600 Nm at 1,900-5,000 rpm.
Transmission automatic, 8 degrees
Tree all four wheels
Standby weight 1 817 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3,9 s
Maximal speed 290 km/h
Consumption (combination) 9.2 l/100 km
Fuel tank volume 58 l
Wheels and tires 275/30 R20
Dimensions (length/width/height) 4 783/1 372/1 510 mm
Wheelbase 2 832 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 465 l