Today, Audi revealed the 5-door Sportback version of their RS 5 coupe at the New York auto show.
The RS 5 Sportback uses the same 2.9L twin turbo V6 as the coupe and RS 4 Avant – it produces 331kW of power and 600Nm of torque and is paired to an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. It uses Audi’s quattro AWD system, which can send up to 85% of torque to the front or 70% to the rear as needed. The Sportback matches its coupe sibling’s 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds towards a top speed of 280km/h.
Equipment highlights include includes RS sport seats (with an optional honeycomb stitching pattern), a flat bottomed leather steering wheel, RS body kit, RS sports exhaust system, 19-inch wheels (20-inch ones can be optioned), RS sport suspension, RS performance screens for the Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster and red seat belts.
Unlike the coupe, the Sportback gets 5 spacious seats (compared to 4). Boot space grows to 480L (from 465L), which expands to 1300L with the rear seats down. These rear seats fold down in a 40:20:40 split configuration.
What do you think of the new RS 5 Sportback? I’m a massive fan – it’s great to see Audi finally build a spiritual successor to the 2008 RS 4 sedan. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.