The 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback will be on sale in the second half of 2018.

Joining the performance family,¬†Audi¬†Sport launches its latest RS model – the Audi RS5 Sportback. Making its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the RS5 Sportback represents the latest model with breakthrough 5-door coupe design and exceptional performance. “The Audi RS5 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, Audi Sport GmbH, about the latest member of the RS family. “The Sportback offers the ultimate in functionality with maximum performance.” The 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback will be on sale in the second half of 2018.

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The exterior design of the new Audi RS5 Sportback picks up on distinctive details from motorsport past and features direct design inspiration from the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO. 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. Up front, the Audi RS5 Sportback features a wide and flat Single frame grille, large RS-specific honeycomb air intakes and matte aluminum-optic front spoiler with Quattro script, matte aluminum-optic exterior mirror housings and high gloss black side sills. It also features a RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes and a high gloss black rear-lip spoiler.

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Inside, the Audi RS5 Sportback gets the 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. 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.

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The 2.9-litre TFSI V6 bi-turbo engine delivers max power of 444 bhp and peak torque of 600 NM available in a wide rev range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The Audi RS5 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100kmph in under 4 seconds and achieves a top track speed of 249 kmph, or increased to 280 kmph with the optional Dynamic plus package. This engine comes mated to a sporty eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox with optimized shifting times. A traction control system manages distribution for maximum acceleration with minimal slip and the standard Quattro sport rear differential to maximize driving dynamics