An internal processing error during the assembly of certain Audi RS5 Coupes for North America has sparked a recall.
The campaign covers 2,355 units of the sports coupe made between November 3, 2017 and December 10, 2019, all of which are estimated to have an incorrect positive terminal cover that might not be capable of assuring the 12-volt power supply in the event of a rear crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “this could result in not being possible to open the vehicle doors from the outside, or the hazard warning lights may not function due to a comprised electric power supply”, and it “may lead to an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants”.
The automaker will inform owners of the car of the recall and technicians will inspect and replace the positive terminal cover free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 7, 2021 and until them, owners can reach out to Audi at 1-800-253-2834, using the #27i6 code, or to the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
The 2018 RS5 Coupe used to sell for under $70,000 in the U.S., and it came with a 444 HP and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6. The engine drove the quattro all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling a maximum speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) and a 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint of 3.7 seconds. The specs have remained identical in the facelifted iteration that premiered last September.