Exterior styling tweaks and updated interior tech keep the Audi RS 5 Coupe and RS 5 Sportback ahead of the pack for their 2020 model year.

Audi has updated the RS 5 Coupe and RS 5 Sportback for their 2020 model year. The update includes a mix of exterior styling tweaks, improved interior tech and more customisable driving modes. 

RS5 Sportback

Exterior updates help to keep the 444hp Coupe and Sportback models from the rest of the A5 line-up. At the front, there’s a wider, flatter ‘Singleframe’ grille inspired by those on the RS 6 and RS 7, above which sits a line of fake vents, inspired by those of the original Sport Quattro from the mid-1980s. The bumper also features reshaped air intakes either side of the grille. 

RS5 Coupe

Compared to the regular A5, the front and rear wheel arches are 40mm wider and new 19-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 20-inchers as an option. Elsewhere, there are reshaped sills, a new rear diffuser and revised LED lighting graphics. Two new colours, Turbo blue and Tango red, have been added to exterior palette.

RS5 Dashboard

Inside, the RS 5 now enjoys the tech upgrades as the rest of the A5 range, with the new 10-inch infotainment screen with touchscreen functionality mounted atop the dash. Elsewhere, the design is pretty much the same, but the 12.3-inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument panel gets revised graphics with exclusive RS modes.

RS5 Sportback Rear

The 2020 Audi RS 5 models benefit from two additional settings which are accessible through the drive mode select button – RS1 and RS2. These allow the driver to program their preferred engine, suspension, steering and exhaust settings and access them easily from a steering wheel-mounted button.

There is no change to the engine line-up with the familiar twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 producing 444hp, 600Nm and, thanks to a quattro four-wheel drive system, it will propel both versions of the RS 5 from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph, but can be raised to 174mph at extra cost.

RS5 Coupe

UK sales are expected to begin in early 2020 and, as they both have the same retail prices of around £70,000, leasing rates for the Coupe and Sportback are expected to follow suit.