Mega-rapid but ultra-aloof fast Audi-ness now available as a coupe-saloon niche-buster
New niche of Audi klaxon: what happens when you combine the brutally rapid Quattro drivetrain of the RS 5 Coupe and RS 4 Avant with the five-door, A5 Sportback bodystyle? The answer is heading to the 2018 New York motor show.
Yep, it’s time to welcome the first ever Audi RS 5 Sportback. This is pretty much the closest you’ll get to a new RS 4 sedan, if you’re feeling nostalgic. If you’re less sentimental, this is basically an easy bit of box-ticking from Audi Sport.
The logic (not that logic bothers many German car companies) goes thus: Audi’s got the handsome Sportback body, that’s lower and svelter than the RS4 Avant’s boxy booty, and Audi Sport’s itching to deploy its 2.9-litre, 444bhp, bi-turbo V6. The very engine that’s ready-bolted to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive with an adaptive rear diff and 40:60 rear-biased torque split. Simply add 20-inch wheels, oval tailpipes, some RS motifs, and voila. A new model.
How else will you tell it apart from the S5 Sportback. Why, there’s a whole 7mm of ride height drop. Yep. Seven mil lower. Don’t put your back out climbing inside…Conservatively, the Germans claim the RS 5 Sportback will see off 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed limited to 280km/h. It’s not a lightweight beast, at 1840kg, but it ought to keep that new C 63 AMG honest on a damp road.
Multi-mode adaptive suspension, ceramic brakes and ‘dynamic’ steering is all waiting on the options list. So is Sonoma Green paintwork. You know what the right choice is…
STORY Ollie Kew