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Audi reveal hardcore competition packages for RS 4 Avant and RS 5

While the 2022 Audi RS 4 Avant and RS 5 will satisfy most enthusiasts, there is a niche that prefers something a little sharper and more emotional. Enter the competition packages, which are set to provide a visceral driving experience.

Two different packages will be available, in the form of the Competition Package, and Competition Plus Package. Each comes with stiffer suspension, reduced sound insulation and an enhanced interior.

The first of the items in this list is dubbed the “RS sport suspension pro” and will be available for buyers who opt for the Competition plus Package. It includes a manually adjustable coil-over setup that sits 10-20mm lower than the standard RS model.

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With three-way adjustable dampers and stiffer stabilisers, Audi claim it will help their buyers achieve faster lap times. With the top speed being raised to 290km/h, it’s clear that the German marque is targeting the bravest of consumers.

Acceleration has been slightly improved too, with the Competition Plus Package reducing the 0-100km/h time in the RS 4 and RS 5 Sportback by 0.2 and 0.1 seconds respectively.

Indeed, such differences seem trivial, because the packages are targeted towards agility and fun rather than sheer speed.

For example, the steering ratio has been altered, the gear shifts are shorter, the ABS software has been retuned, and the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres are stickier than ever (riding on milled 20-inch wheels).

The real treat though is the RS Sports Exhaust System Plus, which should put on a grin on the grumpiest of faces. It’s a little louder on the inside too thanks to reduced sound insulation, which also saves the vehicle around 8kg.

A track-ready brute would not be complete without some cosmetic treatment, so Audi offer what they call the Carbon Matte Optics package. It includes carbon-fibre mirrors, sill extensions, a rear diffuser, and a front blade.

As a first for the RS 4 and RS 5, you can finish the car in the brand’s drool-worthy Sebring Black paintwork. On the inside, buyers after a sportier interior can option Dinamica/Pearl Nappa RS seats.

The competition packages are set to launch in Europe at the beginning July, but their availability in Australia is yet to be confirmed. As a result, there’s no local pricing either.

We did manage to hunt down Euro pricing though, at €7,875 for the Competition Package and €11,875 for the Competition Plus Package.

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