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New Audi RS5 Sportback features 444bhp turbocharged V6

New Audi RS5 Sportback features 444bhp turbocharged V6

Distinguishing the RS5 Sportback from other recently introduced second-generation A5 Sportback models are a number of traditional Audi Sport styling cues.

The Audi RS5 Sportback is the latest offering in the RS lineup. Enhancing the distinct and sporty rear, the Sportback features a RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes and a high gloss black rear-lip spoiler.

As with the RS5 Coupe launched in 2017, the angular headlamps of the RS5 Sportback adopt tinted graphics and have also been altered with the addition of small vertical air ducts along their outer edges.

Of course, what gives the RS5 its 3.9 second 100 km/h acceleration time is the 2.9 litre TFSI V6 engine under the hood, producing 450 hp thanks to its twin turbochargers producing up to 1.5 bars of pressure. Developed in an engineering partnership between Audi and Porsche, the longitudinally-mounted unit develops a claimed 444bhp and 443lb ft of torque on a band of revs between 1900 and 5000rpm.

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While pricing details have not been disclosed, it might cost roughly the same as the RS5 Coupe available in the United States from $69,900 seeing as how there is only a $200 price gap between the lesser S5 Coupe and S5 Sportback model.

The RS5 Sportback has permanent quattro all-wheel-drive, as expected, and it comes only with an eight-speed paddle-shift Tiptronic automatic transmission. But, when slippage is detected, it can send up to 85% of power to the front and 70% to the rear depending on grip necessities. The latter is part of the Dynamic Ride Control system, which also includes ceramic brake discs and revamped steering mapping.

The Audi RS 5 Sportback will initially be available in dealerships in the U.S. and Canada from the second half of 2018. Drivers can customize their driving experience through the standard Audi drive select system, which offers four drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.

Inside, the sporty theme is continued with bucket seats with an available honeycomb pattern in fine Nappa leather, plus a flat-bottomed steering wheel and numerous RS logos. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard, and unique RS displays will differentiate the RS5's Virtual Cockpit from lesser A5 and S5 models.


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