The sheer mention of Audi’s ‘RS’ line is enough to get our adrenaline pumping, so when we caught word that this 2024 RS 5 Sportback was heading to our lot, we were all eager for some seat time.

And that’s totally because of how special this particular car is. The RS 5 is already a most competent sport sedan. But this one comes equipped with the optional Competition package, a $10,000 add-on that includes even more performance-minded hardware.

For starters, sportier suspension components, from the coilovers to the sway bars, improve handling, as do the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires wrapping the 20-inch Y-spoke wheels. Our car did come equipped with Pirelli rubber, but they were of the winter variety. They tucked deeper inside the wheel wells and gave off a lowered appearance; perhaps not the best for on-track handling, but we still found plenty of grip under dry conditions, with still more to give when pushed harder.

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The carbon fiber front splitter is matched by a carbon rear diffuser, black exhaust pipes from the RS sport exhaust system poking out.

The RS 5’s bark is no longer V8-derived, now powered by a 2.9-liter biturbo V6 capable of 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic delivers all that twist to the quattro all-wheel drive system, complemented by a quattro sport rear differential.

It just goes to show that stepping down in displacement isn’t always such a bad thing…

GREG CARLOSS: “I’m old enough to remember when the RS5 had a naturally aspirated V8 under the hood. And I probably spend way too much time thinking about that engine. But this RS5’s twin-turbo V6 is impressive in its own right. Just gobs of torque and the Quattro all-wheel drive system allows me to accelerate first and ask questions later. And the sound? Lots turbo noise up front with a powerful growl out back. It’s certainly kept my mind from wandering back to 2013.”

2024 Audi RS 5 Sportback 1

Not only will the engine keep you in the present, but so will the interior thanks to the 10-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. If equipped, those screens are joined by the RS Driver Assistance Package’s head-up display. The Competition package garnishes with plenty of Alcantara coverings and red contrasts.

The 2024 Audi RS 5 starts around $80,000, with ours creeping near $95K. That’s a pretty penny, no doubt, but what that penny buys is an incredibly competent sport sedan that truly meets the competition.

And we’ll meet up with more Quick Spins…soon!


  • Engine: 2.9-liter biturbo V6
  • Horsepower: 444
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Torque: 442 lb-ft