Audi’s New RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions Slash Up To 176 lbs / 80kg

Audi has launched a pair of new Carbon Editions for its latest RS4 and RS5 models, offering less weight and a whole lot of carbon parts.

The new Carbon Edition includes several carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) details, including a front spoiler, sill extensions, a diffuser insert, door mirror housings, interior inlays as well as an exposed roof and rear spoiler that are exclusive to the RS5 Coupe.

In addition, there is also a new set of one-piece milled 20-inch alloy wheels that are exclusive to the Carbon Edition models and offer a weight saving of 8kg (18 lbs). All in, the Carbon Editions of the RS4 and RS5 Coupe are 80kg (176 lbs) and 60kg (132 lbs) lighter respectively than their “normal” counterparts.

Other differences include a matt aluminum finish for the radiator grille, the window surrounds and for the front horizontal under-grille bar and privacy glass. Both the RS4 and RS5 Coupe Carbon Edition also come with RS Matrix LED headlamps, a Quattro sport differential and fine Nappa leather sports seats in black with contrast red stitching.

Power from the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 is unchanged, at 444hp (450PS) and 443lb-ft (600Nm). 0-62mph comes in 3.9 seconds in the case of the RS5 Coupe and 4.1 seconds in the case of the RS4 Avant. Top speed is limited to 155mph, but tick the right option and Audi will lift the limiter to 174mph.

Pricing for the Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe Carbon Edition models is £71,625 and £75,400 respectively in the UK, which is £10,000 and £12,500 respectively over the standard models.


  • J D

    I’m not sure how these little parts like mirror housings and diffuser inserts add up to that much.

    Nor do I get how the Coupe – with its CF roof – has a smaller weight reduction than the Sedan, which doesn’t get the CF roof. Where does the Carbon Sedan lose over 44lbs more than the Carbon Coupe?

    • Axel Cortez

      wheels maybe tyres and problably the led headlights

    • eb110americana

      I think this may be a misunderstanding, as the “standard” RS5 was advertised to have shed precisely 132.3 Lbs. over the old car when it debuted a few months back. I don’t think these numbers are comparing the Carbon Edition to the non-Carbon.

      *If* the numbers are accurate, they have to be doing something much more substantial. I’m guessing insulation and removing layers in the glass. The latest RS5 is 3,649 Lbs. by Audi’s scale, so we are potentially looking at 3,517 Lbs. for the Carbon Edition. A lot of European “official” weights tend to be without fluids, floor mats, or spare tire though, so I’ll say a real-world number of more like 3,600-3,700 Lbs. That’s still a huge improvement over the old RS5 which was over 2 tons–at least on the real-world scale. If my first assessment was correct, however, then it’s still probably around 3,800 Lbs. wet.

  • Kaisuke971

    80kg less for the RS5, that’s insane. It should be lighter than the new M4s with the steel driveshaft (so basically the lightest car in its class) ! It’s not 100% clear how they’re doing that but if it is indeed that light on the scale, good job Audi Sport

  • KidRed
    • alexxx

      Very nice car (pic)

    • Six_Tymes

      WOW!!! is that stock production? a huge wow if yes.

      • gor134

        Nope, it has extra wide fenders here.

    • LWOAP

      Probably wouldn’t sell. At least that’s the theory anyway.

  • Bo Hanan

    $15K+ gets you sub 200lbs less and .01 secs faster? Really?!

    • Hockeyman

      If you have a lot of money, then why not 😉

      • Bo Hanan

        Why not spend it on a better car, value and all.

  • TheBelltower

    Who would have thought that conventional plastic mirror housings, interior appliqués and front plastic spoiler could weigh so much! Sump’n doesn’t smell right with this who CFRP claim that costs 12k.

  • SteersUright

    Who cares about weight reduction on a big fat aloof grand tourer? Further yet, $15k for it?? What a waste! Its already as fast as it could ever need to be for the type of car it is. Wouldn’t this development money have been better spent on wider fenders/track for the RS3 or a weight reduction for the front-end of the TTS/TTRS? And when will Audi finally produce a proper sports car? Not a super high end exotic and not a Golf based, nose-heavy copout either. A mini R8 for $50-$65k for example.