Audi Opens Order Books For Twin-Turbo 444HP RS5 Sportback In Europe

The new Audi RS5 Sportback is now available to order, with first deliveries in Europe scheduled for mid-2019.

Audi Sport’s latest model combines the dynamic looks of the RS5 Coupe with the increased practicality of a five-door coupe bodystyle.

Power comes from the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter TFSI V6 engine, meaning an output of 444hp (450PS) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque that’s available between 1,900 and 5,000rpm. Audi claims that the RS5 Sportback is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.9 seconds and of a top speed of 174mph (280km/h), the latter if you tick the right option in the list.

The twin-turbo engine works with a specially-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to a beefed-up Quattro all-wheel drive system that features a self-locking center differential. The system comes with a default 40:60 front-to-rear torque split but it can shift up to 70 percent of the torque up front and up to 85 percent of the torque to the rear if it detects loss of traction.

As with the Coupe, there’s an optional sport differential for the rear axle that helps in further sharpening the handling of the fast Audi.

Compared to the S5 Sportback, the new Audi RS5 Sportback sits 7mm (0.3in) lower while Audi Sport offers the option of an RS sport suspension, ceramic brakes and adaptive dynamic steering with an RS-specific setup.

Prices for the new Audi RS5 Sportback start from 82,700 euros in its home market of Germany.

more photos...
  • Merc1

    Unless something changes or something else more compelling comes along, this is my next car. It’s goodbye BMW.

    M

    • lagunas3ca

      AMG CLS 53: *comes along*

      • salamOOn

        ugly CLS?

      • Merc1

        Love it and the “53” models are being considered too.

        M

        • Danny Boy

          No, this one G!
          Just stunningly beautiful!

  • Salih Ahzem

    I see that green exterior colors on cars are making a comeback which is always nice to have in a sea of the usual black, silver and white….

  • Kagan

    280, it should be way faster than that. 280 is also limited.

  • KAG25

    Only bad thing is when you option it the vented seats are just the normal ones, not the cool pattern ones.

  • SteersUright

    Beautiful exterior, beautiful interior, great performance, and Audi is really nailing the colors lately. I saw a purple one the other day and it was stunning. Too bad only about the FWD, very nose-heavy architecture.

Driven: 2019 Lexus LC500 Limited Edition Is A Master Of All Trades

The Lexus LC500 is powered by one of the best-sounding V8 engines currently on the market.

Porsche Cayman Driver Trolls BMW Owners With M 318i Badges

The owner of this Porsche Cayman has BMW, M, and 318i badges on the sports car.

All-New Cadillac Escalade Now Tipped To Debut Next Year

The outgoing Escalade will reportedly be retained for the 2020MY with a very modest update.

AWD Toyota Prius: A Reliable Companion In All Kinds Of Weather

The exact same positives and negatives as a normal Prius, only with added traction.

Here’s How The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack Stood Up To A 2-Year Long-Term Test

Test drives are all nice and dandy, but a long-term one really simulates the actual experience of owning a car.

Is This 1995 BMW 850 CSi Worth Saving? For $17k, We Think So

The 1995 BMW 850 CSi features the S70B56 engine, limited to just 1510 examples worldwide.

Crocodile Dundee Would Be Proud Of This Tesla Model S Custom Interior

The Tesla Model S features a very modern interior ambiance, this one however not so much.

These Motorhome And RV Frontal Crash Tests Will Bring Shivers Down Your Spine

The crash tests were performed by the Swedish Transport Administration and include multiple motorhome models.

McLaren GT vs. Aston Martin DB11: Which British Grand Tourer Gets Your Vote?

The new McLaren GT is quicker on paper than both the V8 and V12-powered Aston Martin DB11.

“I Eat Ass” Decal Lands Man In Jail, But He Might Get The Last Laugh

Following the arrest, officials decided not to prosecute the case over First Amendment concerns.