Ever lusted after an Audi RS5 but found the practicality proposition of its two-door bodystyle to be incompatible with your lifestyle? Did you then look in the direction of the RS4 Avant, but preferred something a little sleeker than a wagon?
Audi has the solution in the form of the RS5 Sportback, and the German automaker has confirmed it will arrive in Australia in February 2019 with the same $157,700 pricetag as the RS5 Coupe.
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Revealed at the New York Motor Show earlier this year, the RS5 Sportback brings the coupe’s potent twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 and performance-tuned all-wheel drive system into a five-door form factor for the first time. Previously, the RS5 was only available as a two-door in either hard-top coupe or soft-top convertible guise.
There will be few compromises associated with going for the five-door. Besides the price being identical to the coupe, the RS5 Sportback’s engine output also remains the same as the two-door with peak numbers of 331kW and 600Nm. The same eight-speed automatic takes that power to all-four wheels via a permanent all-wheel drive system that is normally biased 60 percent to the rear axle for a sportier feel, and a torque-vectoring rear differential further enhances agility.
Electronically-adjustable dampers (dubbed Dynamic Ride Control by Audi) will be standard, while carbon ceramic brakes and a faster-acting steering rack are optionally available.
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The five-door’s extra weight does impart a small penalty in sprint times and fuel economy however, with the 0-100km/h being 0.2s slower at 3.8 seconds while average fuel consumption is 0.1 L/100km higher at 8.9L/100km.
Inside, the RS5 Sportback will be equipped similarly to the Coupe, with diamond-stitched black Nappa leather upholstery, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and an RS-specific electronic instrument panel setting it apart from garden-variety A5 Sportback models.
As with the Coupe, the RS5 Sportback will also be equipped with a Bang & Olufsen stereo, head-up display, wireless phone charging pad, 20-inch alloys, LED headlamps, privacy glass and an RS sports exhaust system as standard.
AUDI RS5 PRICING
The 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is available for order now, with deliveries set for February next year
- Audi RS5 Coupe - $157,700
- Audi RS5 Sportback - $157,700