The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback has arrived, offering buyers a mid-size performance sedan that retains a similarly sleek shape to the RS 5 Coupe.
Powering the RS 5 Sportback is the same 90-degree, 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine found in the coupe. It produces 444 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, which is sent through an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic to Audi’s permanent all-wheel drive system. The automaker says it will sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.9s and top out at 174 mph.
Also like the coupe, the RS 5 Sportback gets a wide, flat single frame grille up front, along with a front splitter, rear diffuser, twin oval exhaust tips, a fixed rear spoiler and some RS badging. There are standard 19-inch wheels, but larger 20-inch wheels are available as well. There will also be Gloss Black, Carbon, and Matte Aluminum exterior appearance packages.
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The RS treatment continues inside with RS-branded seats with quilted honeycomb stitching, a flat bottom RS steering wheel, contrasting red stitching, Alcantara dashboard ‘knee pads’ and red-trimmed seatbelts. There is also RS-specific information displays for the Audi virtual cockpit, providing information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces. There’s even motorsport-inspired shift lights that appear in the cockpit display when the car is in manual mode.
The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback will reach dealerships in the US and Canada in the second half of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but like the S5 Coupe and S5 Sportback, it will likely carry a small premium over the two-door model.
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