Now, you can explore RS5’s thrilling power with five people on board.
Joining the A5 performance family, Audi Sport has digitally revealed its latest RS model, the RS5 Sportback. It will be showcased for the first time at the upcoming 2018 New York International Auto Show.
With its 5-door layout, the new RS5 Sportback is positioned as a practical alternative to the existing RS5 coupe. Also, this is the first-ever RS5 Sportback – the previous-gen RS5 was only available as a coupe.
Two additional doors aside, there isn’t much that differentiates the RS5 Sportback from its coupe counterpart. This means that the stunning aesthetics associated with the RS5 remain intact. Up front is a wide and flat Singleframe grille, large RS-specific honeycomb air intakes, front spoiler with quattro script, matte alu-optic exterior mirror housings and high gloss black side sills. The rear sports an RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes and a high gloss black rear-lip spoiler.
Inside, the RS5 Sportback has enough space for five people as standard. Differentiating highlights include sport seats with RS embossing, flat-bottomed, perforated leather sport steering wheel and gear shift and stainless-steel pedals. The cabin also integrates various technologies including standard Audi smartphone interface with and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, available Audi virtual cockpit and full color head-up display.
Under the hood lies a 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 unit that has essentially been derived from the Porsche Panamera 4S. This makes 444bhp of power and 600Nm of torque, which goes to all four wheels with 60 per cent of the torque going to the rear. The Audi RS5 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100km/h in around four seconds and achieves a top track speed of 250km/h, which can be increased to 280km/h with the optional Dynamic plus package.
The all-new Audi RS5 Sportback will be on sale globally in the second half of 2018. Audi has only launched the A5 and S5 in India in their Sportback avatars, and therefore, we won’t be surprised to see the RS5 coming here only in Sportback form as well.