The 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe is set to arrive at U.S. dealers shortly and Audi of America president Scott Keogh has confirmed it will be joined by the RS5 Sportback.
Speaking with Roadshow, Keogh said the RS5 Sportback is coming stateside as the A5 Sportback was a “homerun model.” There’s word on when the car will arrive but it will feature a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine that develops 450 hp (335 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. In the coupe, the engine enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds.
Besides mentioning the RS5 Sportback, Keogh suggested the new RS7 Sportback will come “soon enough.” The executive also said there’s “another surprise we’re working on” but he refused to say what it is. Keogh described the car as a cool European model that we haven’t brought over yet and said it is the #1 vehicle on his wish list.
While a number of automakers such have embraced subscriptions, Keogh believes they have limited appeal as most consumers won’t allow their monthly payments to dramatically increase just so they can swap vehicles on demand. However, he still sees opportunities where customers could rent a vehicle for several months or have one waiting for them when traveling.
Note: Audi S5 Sportback pictured