RS 5 Sportback to bring the mid-size Audi RS tally to three, for the same price as the coupe.
You’ll soon be able to choose between two RS 5 bodystyles for the same outlay, with the first five-door RS 5 to carry the same $157,700 list price as its existing coupe sibling when it reaches Australian showrooms in February.
Just short of a year after it’s New York motor show reveal, the RS 5 Sportback will also form a practicality halfway point between the two-door coupe and its RS 4 wagon mechanical twin. Incidentally, the RS 4 is priced $4800 less than the RS 5s and will also provide a hotter option than the S5 Sportback for an extra $51,900.
The RS 5 Sportback will represent a unique offering among Audi’s German rivals, with BMW having confirmed there’s no plans for an M4 Gran Coupe and Mercedes lacking an equivalent five-door bodystyle.
The new Sportback RS matches the coupe and RS 4’s 331kW/600Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 drivetrain, along with the Quattro all-wheel drive system and eight-speed torque converter auto.
Its impressive 3.9s 0-100km/h claim also matches the coupe, and trumps the RS 4 by two tenths. Official claimed fuel consumption is 8.9L/100km, which is 0.1 more than the coupe, and the same as the RS 4.
The Quattro sport rear differential, RS sports exhaust and 'Dynamic Ride Control' with adaptive dampers will also be fitted standard.
The RS 5 Sportback also scores the delightfully pumped wheelarches on each corner and aggro bodykits as its mechanical siblings, along with the same 20-inch wheels as the coupe.
It will also match the coupe’s standard features, including black 'Fine Nappa' leather sports seats with diamond stitching, Bang & Olufsen 3D audio, LED headlights, gloss black exterior details, panoramic sunroof and red brake calipers.
The Audi virtual cockpit driver display is also standard, plus RS-specific tyre pressure, torque and g-force readouts and a shift light.
The RS 5 Sportback will also align with the MY19 RS 5 coupe spec upgrade, which brings a head-up display, wireless phone charger and USB outlets for rear passengers.
The 'Sonoma Green' paint hue pictured here is also available as an RS 5 exclusive.
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