It has been quite a long wait for the 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback. For a time, all we’ve had to look at was its placeholder, the RS5 Coupe, which is now available throughout dealerships in the United States. Now, we have finally seen the larger and more sophisticated version of the said model, and it is stunning.
Physically, the RS5 Sportback model stretches out a little more compared to the standard coupe. The hips have been made wider by over half an inch (15 millimeters) on each side, and it has also been made lower by .28 inches (7 millimeters) making it sit closer to the ground. What finishes off the look would be the bigger wheels (of either the standard 19 inches, or the 20 inch wheels that come as an option) and larger air intakes.
Overall, the RS5 Hatchback looks a bit more aggressive than the average coupe. Customers could get the Sportback in any of the Gloss Black, Carbon, and Matte Aluminum optic packages.
What powers the RS5 Sportback is the same 2.9 liter turbocharged V6, just like that of the coupe. It should also be noted that it has the same power output. It boasts 444 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 443 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque. All that power is paired to an eight speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The RS5 Sportback has been made more powerful and at the same time, more efficient.
The RS5 Sportback will be available in a Quattro all wheel drive, which is the same base you will find on every other Audi product. The RS5 is undoubtedly quick off the line.
In just under four seconds, the RS5 Sportback is capable of sprinting to 60 miles per hour, before continuing to a top speed of 155 miles per hour (249 kilometers per hour), or 174 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour), if you opt for the Dynamic Plus package. The all wheel drive system is biased to the rear with 40/60 percent split in normal conditions. This can send as much as 75 percent to the front end, and 85 percent to the rear when necessary.
Meanwhile, the RS5 Sportback’s cabin features Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display located in the front center bit of the car. Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a number of unique RS exclusive features that let it stand out from the standard A5. We will learn more about the new RS5 Sportback when it hits the 2018 New York Auto Show floor. We will get the final pricing information as we get closer to the release date as well.