Although it is not absolutely known why the five-door Audi A5 Sportback is at the University of California San Diego, a series of images of the car have been posted by students on the Net. Basing from the images, it is speculated that the spotted car will come with higher specs since it is equipped with the A5 Coupe's five spoke alloy wheels. The carmaker itself had only released a teaser image and artist's rendition of the vehicle.
The front section of the vehicle has been masked but for the first time the rear section can be clearly observed. It looks like the front and rear sections have a resemblance to the A5 coupe and the middle section is extended for the two rear doors that come without frames.
The A5 Sportback has a profile of a coupe with a lower roofline in contrast to the A4 and a tapering hatch into the clear air spoiler at the back. Continued after the jump! It is claimed by Audi that in spite of this the car will still have enough head and legroom.
It is clear that the C-pillar of the Sportback is distinct from the coupe with a striking twist at the rear. The Sportback will be joining the coupe and cabrio A5 lineup, and will be placed above the A4 range of cars upon which it is patterned. The A5 Sportback entry-level model will be powered by a 2.0 TDI powerplant that has 168hp, and priced at about $44,000. Available also is a 3.0L V6 TDI that comes with 237bhp, the 2.7 TDI that produces 187bhp, and two gasoline powerplants, the 2.0 TFSI with 208bhp and the 3.2 V6 that can generate 261bhp. All of these powerplants come with direct injection technology.
There are signs that Audi will be offering a less expensive model which will likely be powered by a 2.0 TDI that produces 141bhp that will join the range next year. Another possibility would be an RS5 variant with an enhanced version of the 4.2L V8 engine of the RS4, retuned to produce a higher power output and lower carbon dioxide emissions. It is thought that this model will utilize a quattro drivetrain with the double-clutch S Tronic transmission from Audi.
This is the first time that an Audi RS vehicle comes with a double-clutch feature. This coming September the Audi A5 Sportback is expected to be officially showcased for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show, if not this July at the Audi Centenary Celebration. The car will be offered for sale this coming October in the markets of the UK.