Audi calls a Sportback a four-door coupe, that is because this indication wears a RS5 moniker routinely indifferent for two-door models as against to a RS4 badge formerly found on four-door variants. Mechanically matching to a RS4 Avant wagon, a new appurtenance is strictly a initial of a kind nonetheless a devout inheritor to a deleted RS4 sedan. Audi reckons this will be a many renouned physique character for a executive opening car, mixing slinky styling with a unsentimental four-door layout.
2. Doors plus? No fuss
Priced from $159,900 and on-roads, accurately a same volume as a two-door sibling, a Sportback includes as customary a digital lurch and head-up display, 20-inch wheels, sports exhaust, active back differential, multi-mode cessation and other opening goodies. As always, there are copiousness of add-ons such as a sharp-looking RS interior pattern package ($3300), pattern LED headlights ($1900) and ceramic brakes ($11,900). The Audi is a small dearer than BMW’s M3 Competition ($146,900) yet cheaper than a Mercedes-AMG C63 S sedan ($160,900).
3. Audi cabins rule
You usually need a impulse with a RS5 to realize Audi’s interior diversion is on another level.
The RS5’s high-definition dashboard is best-in-class, finish with beautiful maps with satellite photography and special opening displays for path times, energy figures, G-forces and more. Alcantara trim on a steering circle and rigging selector joins eye-catching honeycomb quilting with red stitching for a seats — a compare for a honeyed ergonomics — and absolute audio and discerning infotainment. It’s a pretentious space yet we need to drop into options to make a many of it.
4. The fun of six
Power comes from a 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo (331kW/600Nm). Quattro all-wheel expostulate and eight-speed involuntary delivery assistance a Sportback strech 100km/h in only 3.9 seconds, some-more than sprightly for a automobile in this class. Punchy during all engine speeds and an free performer, a V6 feels well-spoken and still in bland using yet it doesn’t utterly have a sound and free-revving inlet of a V8-powered predecessor. Owners of a new automobile can console themselves with a automobile that is improved in only about ever other approach while being faster and some-more efficient.
5. A retaining experience
The RS5 is undoubtedly smoother and some-more gentle to live with than a German rivals. But people don’t buy these cars to give their mother-in-law a plush float home from a airport. Find some twisty roads and a RS5 comes alive, bringing intrepidity and pointing that separates it from obtuse models. It’s easy to place a Audi with certainty and easier still to muster all that grunt. More stoical if a small reduction stirring than a classmates, a all-wheel expostulate Audi shines in a sleazy conditions that would have a BMW or Benz owners second-guessing their stifle inputs.