Audi adds to 'coupe confusion' with 2019 RS 5 Sportback

By Bloomberg News, April 4 2018
Audi adds to 'coupe confusion' with 2019 RS 5 Sportback

Audi's 2019 RS 5 Sportback is another addition to its increasingly indeterminate lineup of five-door “coupes” and “sportbacks" as yet another five-door sedan with a misleading name enters a very crowded field.

The all-new 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is a five-door “coupe” (as the company calls it) with a 444-horsepower V6 engine and seating for five. It’s the seventh introduction in the Audi sport line that includes the RS 5 Coupe and the RS 7 Sedan.

The announcement comes a week after Audi AG said it plans to invest nearly $50 billion in new models and technology over the next five years in a bid to regain lost ground from German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz as each automaker extends its range of sporty sedans and crossovers.

Audi’s strategy is to increase variants and electric models in its already sedan-dense lineup. Executives have said they’ll show 20 new models this year alone.

As part of that plan, the Audi RS 5 is the higher-tuned version of its US$54,400 S5 Sportback.

You’ll be able to tell them apart on the road by the RS 5’s uniquely wide and flat grille, large honeycomb air intakes, specific diffuser, oval exhaust pipes, and matte detailing on the exterior. Or by the distinct “RS” sound of its engine. It can get to 60 miles per hour in fewer than four seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph.

Audi hasn’t released exact specifications for the new car at the time of this writing, but if it’s anything like the excellent RS 5 Coupe, it’ll be smooth, aggressive, and well-connected to the road, with 500-plus horsepower, excellent handling, and nimble balance. The verdict is still out as to whether it can change the bottom line for Audi, which had a successful run in the U.S. last year, despite trailing BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Otherwise, it will be very difficult to tell the difference between those two – or among the S5 Sportback, S7, RS 7 or even A7, for that matter. All are five-door, five passenger vehicles with sloped rooflines and Audi’s signature gaping, four-ring grille.

On the inside, the RS 5 Sportback has Audi’s typical wraparound dashboard and S sport seats, but with RS embossing and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport gearshift, and steel pedals. It has a new “RS”-style heads-up display that shows tire pressure, torque, shifting, and G-forces.

The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback will be launched in the second half of 2018. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

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Brute of a car, but still prefer the two door version. Love that colour also.


Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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Check out the wheels, very slick.

24 Aug 2018

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The vehicle sprints from 0 to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds with top speed of 155mph. Actually, it can reach a top speed of 174mph thanks to the Dynamic Plus package. The standard RS sport suspension lowers the overall height with 7mm, and, of course, ensures great stability. 

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