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    2012 - 2015 Audi RS5 Launch Control RPM Limit

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    Did some poking around and couldn't find anything on Audizine or similar forums. Does anyone know if there's a way to set the RPM range that the car launches at? I know with some tunes you can adjust it with the cruise control up/down dial but I don't think it works with a stock car.

    When I first got the car, when I was playing around with it, it actually launched just under 8000RPM which ... was incredible ... but not something I'd like to do frequently (my car is stock). Each time after, it's been doing the standard 5500 RPM launch which is great! I found 2 videos on YouTube of the car doing a similar launch one of them here (I can't find the other one) but check it out 33 seconds in:



    I know the car by default launches at 5500rpm but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with adjustments or the car launching at higher RPMS?

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    This guy has a launch at 8k rpm too, which is odd. I believe if you are launching at 8k and you feel pulling before releasing, you are in fact not using launch control as launch control adjusts the driveline too. Check with Vag-com users to see if it a field you can edit.

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    That isnít launch control, to engage launch control you would deselect stability, select S on the shifter, foot on the brake and then fully depress the throttle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by altobeast View Post
    This guy has a launch at 8k rpm too, which is odd. I believe if you are launching at 8k and you feel pulling before releasing, you are in fact not using launch control as launch control adjusts the driveline too. Check with Vag-com users to see if it a field you can edit.
    This guy as in you? Did it only happen once?

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    No it was the video you posted. He didn't launch properly. meaning both your first time and his time on video, it wasn't a proper launch, either because you were only in sport ESC or because you had it in drive not sport transmission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by altobeast View Post
    No it was the video you posted. He didn't launch properly. meaning both your first time and his time on video, it wasn't a proper launch, either because you were only in sport ESC or because you had it in drive not sport transmission.
    What do you mean by not a proper launch? It definitely launched, and all 4 wheels smoked for a good 20 feet :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuyTheWarranty View Post
    What do you mean by not a proper launch? It definitely launched, and all 4 wheels smoked for a good 20 feet :P
    It's a good launch, but not under launch control. Launch control is set at an RPM point (5K) at this point which optimizes wheelspin and longevity. Launching at 8k is also launching, but not under launch control, you are just redlining then launching rather than having the computer limit RPM to 5000, which is the stall speed of the torque converter, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalchris View Post
    When all else fails, read the directions:
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    Thanks, though I have no issue launching the car. Iím just curious why it launched at 7800rpm sometimes.

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    Your forum user name should become apparent if you keep launching at the rev limiter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesRS5 View Post
    Your forum user name should become apparent if you keep launching at the rev limiter.
    If you read the original post I said it happened once and I wasnít sure why, this is why I was asking other members if they had any experience with this. I had also found videos of other folks launching it at higher rpms. Each time after it has launched at 5500rpm. Thanks for your ďinputĒ though...

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    Hey donít be so sensitive, Iíve already given ďinputĒ above where I said you arenít launching it in launch mode or at least you havenít entered launch mode correctly if the car is on the 8250rpm rev limiter instead of the launch control rev hold of 5000rpm.
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    I tried it yesterday in my car, three times in a row, and it always revved to 5,500. What procedure are you using ? This is what I did:

    1. Put the car in Sport mode
    2. Press the ESC button so it's in Sport mode, or ESC off. It doesn't matter which as far as I can tell.
    3. Press the brake pedal hard, to the floor.
    4. Press the throttle to the floor.
    5. Revs quickly build and then hold at 5,500.
    6. Release brake and keep the throttle to the floor.

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    Went to the track last night annnnd brutal!

    Best time was 13.6 with no launch, just gunning it (and mid to low 14s trying to launch as it would bog down) as the car wouldnít go into launch control mode. Iíve done it before with no problems, itís almost as if the ECU wouldnít allow it, as I was creeping up to the lights, it was super frustrating. I did about 6 runs and it wouldnít launch, not even once.

    When driving back to reset for the 1/4 I was able to get it into launch mode once just sitting still. My friend whoís a member here had his RS5 out, and tried in my car as well and it wasnít happening. When I left the track I was able to do it coming home just sitting at a light which leads me to believe it was almost resetting something as I was approaching the track lights and creeping forward on the brakes.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

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    I'm guessing that if you set launch, and then creep forward, releasing some pressure from the brakes, that you've just disengaged launch control. When you crept forward, and assuming you're pressing on the accelerator, was the RPM sitting at the LC-specifified point or was it at redline?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ape Factory View Post
    I'm guessing that if you set launch, and then creep forward, releasing some pressure from the brakes, that you've just disengaged launch control. When you crept forward, and assuming you're pressing on the accelerator, was the RPM sitting at the LC-specifified point or was it at redline?
    Heya! No, I kept creeping forward to engage both sets of lights for the track set: Once both lights were set, I depress the brake all the way down when stationary, and floored the gas. RPMs went to only 2000, which meant launch wasnít activating and when I let go of the brake it bogged down to like 500RPM for a terrible start.

    I tried 6 times, even let my buddy let me get set first at the start and it wasnt happening. On the drive back to get in line, I tried another 3-5 times and it only engaged once. I tried a combination of drive modes, traction off, traction completely off, sport mode, drive mode, paddle mode etc

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    It still sounds like you arenít entering Launch Control Mode correctly, itís a machine, a digital computer machine at that so you have to follow the procedure exactly or it wonít work.

    Also note that if the transmission is hot, launch control mode wonít engage so repeated attempts to launch the car probably put you in that situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesRS5 View Post
    It still sounds like you arenít entering Launch Control Mode correctly, itís a machine, a digital computer machine at that so you have to follow the procedure exactly or it wonít work.

    Also note that if the transmission is hot, launch control mode wonít engage so repeated attempts to launch the car probably put you in that situation.
    Iím fairly certain I was entering the mode correctly, however, the transmission being hot is likely the culprit! It was quite hot and the line to race was fairly long. What a frustrating night, Iím quite sure with a proper launch I would have done mid to high 12s. The RS5 without a launch isnít very fun :p

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    To be sure you're using Launch Control, you can hook up a Carista (or other ODB, I have Carista though)-- the car tracks how many launches it's done in its lifetime. Check it before and after you "launch" and verify that the number has gone up.

    Now that I think about it, I believe there is a hard limit for the lifetime of the car (WTF right?)....
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    Well then I hope you bough the warranty. And either way the RS5 isn't a fast straight line car, idk why people buy it thinking it'll blow the doors off everyone on the street (which it won't) but rather the 5 comes alive throwing it around in the twisties. To hell with the launch mode I say
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    I can honestly say in 3 years of ownership my Launch Control count will be reading zero. The initial traction is great but itís not a quick car, it is a great handling car though.

    I seem to remember a number of 50 being the maximum launches on the counter, not sure how accurate my memory is though, a weekend in Amsterdam did some irreparable damage.
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    200. https://www.audizine.com/forum/showt...ger-Functional

    But can be increased to near limitless via DSG Tune (APR).
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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalchris View Post
    200. https://www.audizine.com/forum/showt...ger-Functional

    But can be increased to near limitless via DSG Tune (APR).
    That limiter has not been shown to be on the RS5, or at least I haven't seen any indication of it from posts I've seen. But yeah I've done it 2 times and that is enough, launching from a standstill is just as good as the car isn't a rocket, but it's quick and can still run stoplight to stoplight fairly well. Canyon carving though, not much can keep up .



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