RS 5 for the first time as a Sportback

New York(USA)/Neckarsulm, 28. March 2018

No niche is too small, so that not any of the German premium manufacturer is jumping immediately into it. At the New York Auto Show in 2018 (open to the public from 28. March to 9. April) is the latest proof in the Form of a very nischigen, fast, new Audi. Say Hello to the Audi RS 5 Sportback, the new brother of the Audi RS 5 and the Audi RS 4 Avant. You get your ultra-fast Audi-middle-class now, so as a five-door station wagon, two-door coupe and five-door sedans-coupe. Hopefully your brain is not smoke, when you are at the dealer and just don't know which to choose.

A bit of fabric for the nostalgic

The advantage for all the nostalgic is Closer than with this model, you will not get an RS 4 sedan. If you mourn still the excellent RS 4 B7 afterwards – here's your consolation is coming. An extremely attractive consolation, mind you, because the dashing Sportback-car is a delight to the eye Yes without the powerful RS-aprons, the 15 mm wider wheel arches, massive wheels (19 or 20 inch) and the oval XXL-exhaust horns. All that stuff is, it's definitely not worse. Especially in the Sonoma Green.

450 horsepower, 600 Newton meters

Under the hood there are – not surprisingly – what we already know from the RS 5 and RS 4 Avant: A very anreiße motivated by 2.9-Liter twin-turbo V6 with 450 HP and 600 Newton meters of torque. The distributed its power via eight-speed automatic to all four wheels. In the ratio of 40:60. Occurs somewhere slip, you can split the torque, but also more variable. Up to 85 percent to the front and up to 70 percent to the rear. Probably because Audi has introduced the RS 5 Sportback in the U.S., there are only a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h). This is 3.9 seconds. Who has measured the RS 5 or RS 4 times, but that this value itself is chosen for a 0-100 km/h Sprint likely to be conservative. From our experience, it is to be said: So a RS 5 changes in 3.6 seconds on a country road pace. The maximum speed is 250 km/h. optionally 280 stuff.

When is the RS 5 Sportback to the us?

How you can distinguish the new RS 5 Sportback is still of the weaker Sportback? Now, he is pioneering is seven millimeters lower than the S5. And he comes at a surcharge, with RS sports suspension, ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-tuning. With 1.840 pounds also the most powerful Sportback is no lightweight, but on a wet road, he is likely to fire up the Mercedes-AMG C 63 and BMW M3 yet very nice. And now to the thick hook of the whole thing: Yes, we Europeans have to wait a little. How long, we can't honestly say. Audi confirmed that the RS 5 Sportback in the US and Canada in the second half of the year, from 2018 to the market. Since the new Audi-Sport-in-chief, Michael-Julius Renz referred to the first RS 5 Sportback, however, as a "real world car, with the we all markets to conquer," he will come to us. The price is likely to be oriented to the RS 5 Coupé. The starts at 80.900 euros.(sw)