The facelifted Audi RS5 Sportback has been snapped during development testing for the first time, ahead of an anticipated reveal late this year or early next.
Like prototypes we’ve seen for various versions of the A5 and S5, the updated RS5 will get a refreshed look inside and out, drawing heavily from the recently-revealed A4/S4 range along with the latest models in the Audi stable.
Up front the headlights will get tweaks – notably a new stripe-effect LED signature – as will the grille and bumper details. Down the sides it appears the skirts of the RS5 will get subtle revisions, too.
At the rear there will be changes to the boot lid and bumper details, along with re-jigged tail-lights which should get a new LED signature in line with the stripe-like design at the front. The large oval tailpipes of RS models will carryover as you can see here.
While we don’t have images of the interior yet, the changes inside should be very similar to the A4 family. The new MMI Touch infotainment setup will feature, removing the rotary dial on the transmission tunnel while also implementing Audi’s latest software and interface.
A larger 10.1-inch display will be available, as will an updated version of the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit driver’s display and the latest in Audi’s driver assistance and active safety technologies.
Under the skin there should be tweaks to the powertrains to enhance efficiency and reduce emissions, including the rollout of 48V mild-hybrid tech and the potential for plug-in hybrid variants.
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