Audi RS 5 Sportback combines design with level of usability, superior performance
Audi Sport has launched at the 2018 New York International Motor Show, its innovative high-performance car -- the RS 5 Sportback, an interpretation of a 5-door high-performance coupe, which has no version from the predecessor models nor a direct competitor.
Carrying the RS genes, the exterior of the new Audi RS 5 Sportback combines stirring curves and taut, athletic surfaces. The longer wheelbase, short overhangs and long, wraparound engine hood with power dome all emphasize the dynamism of the model. The characteristic wavy shape of the powerful shoulder line is a visual highlight of the high-performance coupé. When viewed at an angle from behind, the modeled sides look particularly impressive. Here, quattro blisters emphasize the strong bulges over the wheel housings, which have been extended by 15 mm.
The exterior of the RS 5 has a wide, flat, single-frame grille, solid air intakes with a honeycomb structure, typical of an RS, and a front spoiler with matte aluminum quattro lettering. It also has an additional design elements in gloss black that make the 5-door coupe appear wider.
An RS-specific diffuser insert, the RS exhaust system with oval tailpipes and fixed spoiler lip give the rear end its sportiness. The RS 5 Sportback comes with 19-inch wheels as standard, with the 20-inch wheels available as an optional extra. The new Audi RS 5 Sportback can be customized with the Gloss Black, Carbon, and Matte Aluminum optic packages.
Powered by a 2.9 TFSI V6 twin-turbo engine, the RS 5 Sportback offers both power and efficiency. Its torque of 443 lb. ft. is deployed throughout a wide speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. It accelerates from zero to 100 kph in 3.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 280 kph.
The power of the 2.9 TFSI is transferred to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive with center differential via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimized shift times that is specially tuned to sporty driving. It also guarantees dynamic handling with optimal traction alongside the greatest possible safety.
Alternatively, Audi Sport offers RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering. Drivers can create their own personal driving experience – to make it more customized, more dynamic or more comfortable – using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, fitted as standard.
Inside, the new Audi RS 5 Sportback’s black interior can accommodate five people. The seats have an optional honeycomb pattern in fine Nappa leather, and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sports leather steering wheel. RS emblems can be found on the seats, the steering wheel, the sill panel strips and on the selector lever. Special RS information displays in the Audi virtual cockpit provide information on tire pressure, torque and G forces.