2017 Audi A5 & S5 Sportback Hit The Road In First Videos

The more practical version of the A5 Coupe (or is it a sportier A4?), aka the A5 Sportback, was unveiled by Audi a few hours ago and now we get to see it in motion.

Perhaps “them” is more appropriate a word than “it”, for Ingolstadt released both the regular A5 as well as the, em, sporty S5 Sportback simultaneously ahead of the Paris Auto Show official launch.

Unsurprisingly, the emphasis on the videos is on the 348 HP S5 that will be the series’ halo model until the RS comes along, most likely sometime next year. Its 348 HP do not make it an M3 fighter (the RS5 will assume that role), but for the moment it will have to do.

Besides the S5’s 3.0-liter TFSI, customers will be able to choose between three variants of the 2.0-liter TFSI petrol four, with 167, 187 and 248 HP respectively, an 184 2.0-liter diesel in “normal” and Ultra configuration and the 3.0-liter TDI that puts out 281 HP and an S5-humbling 620 Nm of torque.

As always, front- and all-wheel drive are available, while (depending on the version) there are three transmissions on offer: a six-speed manual, a seven-speed DSG and an eight-speed Tiptronic auto.

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  • CFK

    It´s a Tesla with a chrome grille bruh.

    • BGM

      Damn you, now I can’t unsee it!

    • Skip

      I’m ok with that 🙂 S7 is just too big for me… Maybe this is the sweetspot. Too bad no manual though.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I kinda preferred the slow, low rumble of the TDI in the drive-by. It seemed more elevated yet still authoritative. The sound of high-strung induction and quick snifts of the S5 has become too common amongst the luxury brands, even non-luxury brands. I’m missing a good V8 right about now.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Audi diesels are really quite good and the sweet spot of the range. You kind of don’t want to hang a big V-8 ahead of that front “axle.”

      • dumblikeyou2

        Yeah that’s true, but B7 RS4 sounded so good.

  • Six Thousand Times

    It’s nice. It’s last year’s model with a few more creases but it’s a sport liftback so I like it. M-B doesn’t make one and BMW’s GTs are just a mess. Maybe you drop down a class and get the Mondeo hatch or wait for the next CC but otherwise this is it.

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