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Audi puts practical Sportback touch on RS5 in NYC


Although Audi unveiled the RS5 last year, the Ingolstadt automaker has chosen the New York Auto Show to launch the more practical Sportback version in US market guise.

Aside from the orange indicator clusters and US specific number plate, the Sportback mirrors the aesthetic enhancements afforded to the coupe, in the form of the latest single frame RS-specific honeycomb grille, quattro scripted lip spoiler, honeycomb side air intakes, gloss black sills and boot spoiler, oval exhaust outlets, a RS diffuser and 19-inch alloy wheels with 20-inches optional.

Inside, the RS5 Sportback gets an RS flat-bottomed sport steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather, stainless pedals and S line sport seats, as well as a series of options such as the RS orientated Virtual Cockpit Display, red seatbelts and Nappa leather seats.

Sitting seven millimetres lower than the S5 Sportback and optionally available with RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes and Audi Drive Select with four modes; Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual, the Sportback comes powered by a 2.9-litre TFSI twin-turbo V6 making 331 kW and 600 Nm, mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox with drive going to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

Featuring an active centre differential able to send as much as 70% of the available torque to the rear wheels, Audi claims that the RS5 Sportback will complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.9 seconds and top out at 250 km/h or 280 km/h when fitted with the optional RS Dynamic Plus package.

Pricing, spec as well as local availability has not yet been made.

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