• 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback
  • It has a stunning four-door coupe design
  • And gets RS-Specific honeycomb mesh for the radiator and corner intakes
  • It's wider than the RS5 Coupe by one inch, lower by 0.28 inches
  • It still maintains seating for five
  • While the front passenger get S Sport seats with RS embossing on the headrests
  • Of course there's a flat-bottom steering wheel The Infotainment system has RS-Specific graphics as does the optional virtual cockpit
  • There are even some driver assistance systems Active cruise control, lane assist, and traffic sign recognition are extra, though
  • Under the hood sits a potent 2.9-liter, biturbo, V-6
  • It's the same engine from the Porsche Panamera with the V-mounted turbos
  • But, it's tuned to deliver 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet That's four HP and 38 LB-FT More
  • Its eight-speed automatic is mated to Audi's Quattro AWD system
  • Torque is distribution with a 40:60 biased with the majority going to the rear
  • This overpowered family hauler can hit 60 mph in less than four seconds
  • That's at least 0.3 seconds faster than the BMW 650i Gran Coupe
  • and at least 1 second faster than the Mercedes CLS500
  • Top speed is pegged at 155 mph
  • Unless you go for the Dynamic Package whcih increases top speed to 174 mph
  • Audi says these performance figures are conservative...
  • So, it may even be faster under ideal conditions
  • Pricing isn't available quite yet...
  • but a price tag between $80,000 and $85,000 is expected
  • Now you've just got to convince the wife you need a new "family car"
  • Good luck with that one though

Four-door coupes are starting to flood the market, and that’s why Audi came up with the RS5 Sportback, an all-new model in the lineup and the seventh Audi Sport model, sharing a similar design with the RS7 Sportback. It got all of the typical RS cues inside and out but is powered by a 2.9-liter, Biturbo mill that is borrowed from the Porsche Panamera. It can hit 60 mph faster than a BMW 650i or Mercedes CLS500 and does so looking good in the process. Based on the RS 5 Coupe, the Sportback should command somewhere around $80,000 when it goes on sale in the second half of 2018.

Update 08/22/2018: Audi has announced pricing for the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback as well as a long list of standard options but leaves us in the dark when it comes to pricing for the RS 5 Coupe. Read the full scoop in our “Pricing” section below.

  • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    444
  • Torque @ RPM:
    443
  • Displacement:
    2.9 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    174 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

2019 Audi RS5 Exterior

  • Stunning four-door coupe design
  • RS-style Honeycomb radiator mesh
  • RS-styled air intakes
  • 1-inch wider than RS5 Coupe
  • 0.28-inches lower than RS5 Coupe
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Audi says these performance figures are conservative...
The Audi RS5 Sportback is a looker, even if you’re not one that’s so keen on the whole “four-door coupe” design

The Audi RS5 Sportback is a looker, even if you’re not one that’s so keen on the whole “four-door coupe” design. And, truth be told, this thing is actually a hatchback, so it’s technically a five-door vehicle, but it still competes in the looks department with models like the Mercedes CLS and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The front end is dominated by the large, single-frame grille and massive corner intakes, both of which get the RS-style honeycomb mesh, while the hood adds its own bit of aggressiveness. Furthermore, the body is actually one-inch wider than the RS5 Coupe, and it really shows when you look at it head-on.

The side profile is generously eccentric. Of course, it has the sharp body lines that you would expect from a sports car and the steeply raked roof in the rear, but it has four doors that are somehow proportioned just right despite the rear door being a bit smaller. The beltline has a slight curve to it while the mirrors sit a little further back than one might expect. Finally, the lower body line that protrudes a bit from the body is angled in a way that gives the care a raked look from the side, despite the aggressive roofline. This is also where you can notice it’s slightly lower stance, which comes in at 7 mm or 0.28-inches lower than the RS5 Coupe.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Exterior
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Unless you go for the Dynamic Package whcih increases top speed to 174 mph
The angle of the roof is designed in a way that allows you to see the large glass panel on the roof as well

Around back, that fifth door is painfully obvious if you follow the jagged edges of what would be the rear decklid further up the pillar toward the glass – you just can’t miss that huge seam on the roof. The angle of the roof is designed in a way that allows you to see the large glass panel on the roof as well. A small, carbon fiber lip rests at the rearward edge of the fifth door. And, this is where Audi’s design skills really shine through because the rear end has a true sculpted look with the was the taillights sit inward inside the concave section above the rear fascia. An aggressive diffuser takes hold down below, where dual exhaust outlets and a hint of carbon fiber offset the thin red reflectors.

Needless to say, the RS5 Sportback is a very sporty car, especially for something with four doors on the side, but it’s not all about the body style – there’s a lot going on inside as well.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Interior Design

  • Seating for 5
  • S Sport front seats
  • RS embossed headrests
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Optional virtual cockpit
  • Infotainment gest RS-specific graphics
  • Some driver assistance systems standard
2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Interior
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Of course there’s a flat-bottom steering wheel
The Infotainment system has RS-Specific graphics as does the optional virtual cockpit
What is arguably the most important feature of the interior is the fact that, despite the infinitely sloping roof, there’s still seating for five passengers

What is arguably the most important feature of the interior is the fact that, despite the infinitely sloping roof, there’s still seating for five passengers. Front passengers get S Sport seats with embossed headrests while rear passengers get a bench of sorts with the seat on each end providing ample support on the sides. They also have the hexagonal stitching pattern with body-colored stitching while the center of the seat sits a little higher with the backrest doubling as a pulldown armrest should the seat remain unoccupied.

The front of the vehicle end is dominated by carbon fiber trim on the face of the dash, center console, steering wheel, and gear shifter, while the typical Audi floating display offers up RS-specific graphics. Like the seats, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather, perforated, and held together with body-colored stitching. It’s a flat bottom unit with an aggressively sloped rear pillar. Sitting ahead of the wheel is a standard Audi instrument cluster, but you can opt for the virtual cockpit with RS-specific graphics. Alcantara and carbon fiber adorn the doors, while stainless steel pedals match the various trim pieces throughout the cabin.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Interior
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While the front passenger get S Sport seats with RS embossing on the headrests
The automaker hasn’t disclosed specific volume figures, but the rear seats do fold down which would, under assumption, provide at least double the cargo space than there is with them upright

The last detail has to do with cargo space, which one would assume comes at a premium (much like rear headroom) because of that steep roof, but Audi thought that out too. The automaker hasn’t disclosed specific volume figures, but the rear seats do fold down which would, under assumption, provide at least double the cargo space than there is with them upright. It might look the role of a family car in terms of basic shape, but don’t be confused, this is an all-out sports car through and through.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Performance

  • 2.9-liter Bi-turbo V-6
  • V-mounted turbos
  • 444 horsepower
  • 443 pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed auto
  • Quattro AWD system
  • 40:60 torque distribution front to rear
  • 60 mph in less than four seconds
  • Beats the BMW 640i by at least .3 seconds
  • Beats the CLS 500 by a whole second
  • May be faster under ideal conditions
  • 174 mph top speed w\ Dynamic Plus package
2018 Audi RS5 High Resolution Drivetrain
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Just like the RS5 Coupe, the Sportback gets its motivation from a 2.9-liter, Biturbo, V-6.

Just like the RS5 Coupe, the Sportback gets its motivation from a 2.9-liter, Biturbo, V-6. It’s the same engine that powers the Porsche Panamera and was rumored to be offered in a new entry-level Audi R8, but it is tuned to deliver 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque – four horsepower and 38 pound-feet more than you’ll get with the Panamera. Shifting duties come courtesy of Audi’s eight-speed auto with no word of a manual transmission thus far, but it does channel power to all four wheels via a Quattro AWD system. Torque is split between the front and rear with a 40:60 bias, which should lead to some pretty engaging and exciting driving characteristics when you really get into it.

Audi claims that the Sportback can hit 60 mph in “less than four seconds,” which would put it at somewhere around 3 seconds faster than BMW’s 650i Gran Coupe and as much as a second faster than the Mercedes CLS500. Top speed is pegged at 155 mph, but if you opt for the Dynamic package, Audi will raise that electronic limiter to as high as 174 mph. For what it’s worth, Audi says these performance figures are conservative so it could actually be faster in the right conditions with the right driver.

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Its eight-speed automatic is mated to Audi’s Quattro AWD system
The suspension has been lowered by 0.28 inches in comparison to the coupe, and the body is one-inch wider, so it will handle sharply when needed

As mentioned before, the suspension has been lowered by 0.28 inches in comparison to the coupe, and the body is one-inch wider, so it will handle sharply when needed. If you want more, however, you can splurge on the sport suspension with dynamic ride control which will allow you to customize the suspension based on your specific needs at the time. As for driver assistance features, there are some if you really want to give away some control of a car like this, but you do need to option things like traffic sign recognition, active cruise control, and lane keep assist, but who really wants those in something as sporty as this – it’s meant to be driven, so we suggest you drive it like you stole it instead.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Pricing

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but a price tag between $80,000 and $85,000 is expected

Manufacturer suggested retail pricing for the 2019 RS5 Sportback is set at $74,200 plus a $995 destination charge. Pricing doesn’t include taxes, title, or dealer charges, however, so your minimal price will be closer to the $80,000 mark even with zero dealer markup. With that said, dealer markup could be significant during the first few months on sale, so pricing could easily exceed the $80,000.

As far as standard equipment goes, that sticker price gets you Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, Audi Connect Prime & Plus, a tire pressure monitoring system, an Audi phone box, and rear USB charger ports. It should be noted, however, that those rear USB ports are only standard on the Sportback and not the RS5 coupe. If available for the coupe, you’ll have to pay a bit extra.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Competition

Audi claims that the RS5 Sportback has no direct competition because of its five-door presence, but that’s really not the case as the BMW 650i and Mercedes CLS500 both make for fair propositions if you’re in the market for this specific body style.

2018 BMW 650i Gran Coupe

2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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You really couldn’t pin the 6 Series Gran Coupe as a sports car, at least not in the same light you would the RS5 Sportback. And, it’s actually a bit more costly if you really want the same kind of horsepower. If you go with the 640i, you’ll get a sticker somewhere around $81,500, but you’ll only get 315 horsepower from an inline-six, with performance times falling subpar at 5.4 seconds just for a sprint to 60 mph. So, you have to go with the $93,100 650i that gets its power from a heavier, 4.4-liter V-8. It’s good for 443 horsepower (just one just of the RS5) and 479 pound-feet of torque. It’ll get you to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. If you want to get closer to the RS5’s sprint, you’ll need to pony up an extra $3,000 for the xDrive model, and that will still leave you falling behind in a shootout by at least 0.3 seconds. The interior is quite attractive, but without any M-styling cues, it really doesn’t compare to what the RS5 Sportback is offering. With that said, the only reason to argue for the 650i is if you’re a loyal fanboy that cares about what badge you’re affiliated with.

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW 650i Gran Coupe.

2018 Mercedes CLS500

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Diamond grille

Mercedes doesn’t exactly have something that competes in the power department, so you’re stuck going with the $77,650 CLS500 or the $108,900 AMG CLS63 S. The CLS63 S is way out of the budget and delivers considerably more horsepower as well, so it’s really the CLS500 that you need to focus on here. That model comes in a bit cheaper than the RS5 Sportback, so keep that in mind when you find out it’s actually 42 horsepower shy at just 402 horsepower. It does deliver the same amount of torque, 443 pound-feet, at a relatively low 1,600 rpm, though, so it has that going for it. The power comes from a well-designed 4.7-liter, Biturbo, V-8 but it’s quite heavier in comparison to the RS5’s V-6, so your sprint to 60 mph will have you falling behind, coming in at 4.9 seconds under ideal conditions. To beat the RS5 with a CLS, you’ll need an aftermarket tuner to do their magic, or pay up and extra $30,000 plus for the CLS63, which makes the same sprint in 3.5 seconds. You do get a sporty coupe-like exterior with the CLS500, though, and the interior is very luxurious. It doesn’t quite have that AMG touch, though, so you’ll probably find that the RS5 has more of the performance-oriented trim and features you’re probably looking for.

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Final Thoughts

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Exterior
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Top speed is pegged at 155 mph

Well, Audi did say that the RS5 Sportback doesn’t have a direct competitor and I did argue against that, but after looking at the models it should compete with, there just isn’t really enough in sync to call them true competition. You’ll either pay more money for the 650i and get performance that falls just shy or pay as much as $35,000 more to get the AMG CLS63 S. Of course, you could go with the BMW 640i and have way less performance but if that’s what you’re thinking then why are you here? Truth be told, the RS5 Sportback offers that true sports car feel, look, and performance with a better bang for your buck compared to similar offerings on the market. And, while we haven’t had the chance to drive one year, we’re willing to bet that it probably drives a little better too. German competition is like nothing else in this world and Audi new better than to come to the party ill-equipped.

  • Leave it
    • * No real direct competition
    • * little cargo space without the seats folded
    • * Virtual cockpit isn’t standard

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi RS5.

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Press release

Joining the performance family, Audi Sport launches its latest RS model - the Audi RS 5 Sportback. Making its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the RS 5 Sportback offers a balance of high design and driving dynamics.

The 2019 RS 5 Sportback represents the latest model in the highly successful Audi Sport family, with breakthrough 5-door coupe design and exceptional performance. "The Audi RS 5 Sportback is a completely new offer for our customers. Our progressive interpretation of a five-door high-performance coupe has neither a predecessor model nor a direct competitor," says Michael-Julius Renz, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH, about the latest member of the RS family. “The Sportback offers the ultimate in functionality with maximum performance."

Powertrain and performance
The 2.9 liter TFSI V6 biturbo engine delivers power, efficiency and distinct RS sound. The new biturbo engine generates 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque available in a wide rev range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The Audi RS 5 Sportback sprints from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and achieves a top track speed of 155 mph, or increased to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.

The two turbochargers on the 2.9-liter engine of RS 5 are positioned directly inside the “V” promoting engine responsiveness and performance. For high engine efficiency, power and torque, the V6 engine uses a centrally mounted fuel injector and a combustion method with shorter compression and longer expansion phases. This B-cycle combustion process with central direct injectors further supports efficiency of the powertrain.

Drivetrain
The power of the 2.9 TFSI reaches the quattro permanent four-wheel drive with self-locking center differential via a sporty eight-speed Tiptronic® with optimized shifting times. It distributes the drive forces asymmetrically 40:60 on the axles - this guarantees both responsive handling and optimal performance. A traction control system manages distribution for maximum acceleration with minimal slip and the standard quattro sport rear differential to maximize driving dynamics.

Chassis
The redesigned front five-link suspension with lightweight construction offers greater steering precision and improved handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers. With the standard RS sport suspension, the RS 5 Sportback sits 7 mm lower than the 2018 S5 Sportback. RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control, which uses steel springs and adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve, is also available. Drivers can customize their driving experience through the standard Audi drive select system, which offers four drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.

Design
The exterior design of the new Audi RS 5 Sportback picks up on distinctive details from motorsport past and features direct design inspiration from the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. As with any vehicle that bears the RS badge, the RS 5 Sportback features development rooted in motorsport and technologies that embody the Audi Sport authenticity of “Born on the Track. Built for the Road.” The wave-design shoulder line underscores the athleticism through the body and the flared box fenders provide cues to the standard quattro® all-wheel drive, in addition to widening the body by 15 mm on each side over its S5 Sportback sibling.

The RS 5 Sportback features a wide and flat Singleframe® grille, large RS-specific honeycomb air intakes, matte alu-optic front spoiler with quattro script, matte alu-optic exterior mirror housings and high gloss black side sills. Enhancing the distinct and sporty rear, the Sportback features a RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes and a high gloss black rear-lip spoiler.

The refined interior of the RS 5 Sportback, with seating for five standard, includes impressive RS accents and driver-focused technologies. The RS 5 Sportback features the Audi brand’s hallmark wing-design wrap-around dashboard with driver-oriented interior including user-friendly controls. From its S sport seats with RS embossing, flat-bottomed, perforated leather RS sport steering wheel and gear shift, and stainless steel pedals, the RS 5 Sportback offers an all-encompassing performance Audi Sport package.

Infotainment and driver assistance
While offering outstanding performance, within the cabin, the RS 5 Sportback integrates benchmark technologies including standard Audi smartphone interface, which provides Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto integration for compatible mobile devices, available Audi virtual cockpit and full color head-up display. Unique RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit inform the driver of tire pressure, torque, a shift light indicator and g-forces.

While performance remains the highlight, the RS 5 Sportback offers a host of advanced driver assistance systems that are designed to help drivers navigate the road with increased confidence. The new model’s high level of standard systems include Audi pre sense® basic, Audi pre sense city, Audi side assist, rear cross traffic assist and Audi pre sense rear, as well as available adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, Audi active lane assist and high beam assistant.

The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback will be on sale in the second half of 2018.

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