• Jun 23, 2009
Audi A5 Sportback spy shots - Click above for gallery

Although Audi has said that it won't be bringing the new A5 Sportback to these shores, that didn't stop them from doing exactly that recently. Whether for testing purposes or marketing work, a Sportback was spotted here in Southern California recently and was luckily captured by frequent AB commenter Zamafir. Although the car was covered in camo, Zamafir says he also saw the vehicle in the flesh and offered his thoughts on the car:
I had the chance to poke my head around the A5 sportback this morning, it's a wonderful car. Out of respect for the gentlemen handling it I didn't snap any shots of the car with the camouflage off, but it's very much what you would expect the A4 with an A5 rear superimposed upon it to look like. It's very very cogently penned. All the lines are very crisp, and I honestly prefer the profile from the side to the A5 and the BMW 5 series GT.

Inside the dash is the standard A5 affair with a different sort of trim than I'm used to seeing here in the US, though It's an ingolstadt car so who know if it'll make it over. Kind of a perforated metal look. Most importantly, the rear seats are quite a bit more roomy than I had expected. About on par with the A4. It's hard to tell from the spy shots but there is a reasonable amount of head room in the back thanks to the way the roof liner kind of arches up towards the rear inside. Visibility out the rear windows is a little obscured by their dramatic cut downwards and backwards to facilitate the sloping rear.
Thanks, Zamafir!



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      • 5 Years Ago
      jesus thats the suckiest camo ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the guy was too stup.... I mean too respectfull to take pictures with the camo off, then there was zero point to this. These pics are absolutely useless....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not sure why youre moaning, it looks exactly like the car fourtitude posted three months ago.

        http://www.fourtitude.com/news/publish/Audi_News/article_4796.shtml
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, to each his own, I'm just passing along my impressions of the car inside and out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Speak for yourself.

        Some of us are incredibly fascinated by the tiny bar of chrome detailing in the headlamps exposed by the equally tiny hole in the camouflage...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like it's ready for a SCUD missile attack.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Desert camo and a chem/bio suit in one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The GT's owned by the production crew, it's one i've seen around LA a few times.

      At this moment it's sitting there with the window down. Well, not there, perpendicular to that side of the building.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hah, it kooks almost like the dog van from Dumb & Dumber.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And just how does an R8-v10 own a FORD GT. The GT has better stats ( 0-->60, quarter mile, top speed, handling) and with the exception of the engine sound...I will give you that...the GT is just a better supercar. Plus the look has stood the test of time for more than 40 years.

      GT for Me!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also holds the record for most time spent in the shop! Win all around!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car's still at UCSD, it's been there for four hours, if anyone wants to grab shots, you're all more than able.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which part of UCSD? The fact that there's a car like this there makes the rejection worse.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those guys above are jerks. Thanks for sending this to AB.

        Chris
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks better under the canvas. OK, at least it's not boring and sterile this way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        exactly, all the recent Audis (except of R8) are big *yawn*
      • 5 Years Ago
      BRING IT TO THE US!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't believe this useless post. Don't understand Audi, the car is admittedly nice but what is so great about a car that looks like a car already in the lineup??? The Audi A6 is very similar. Audi needs to get their head out of their A$$ and release the RS5 already instead of pointless cars like the TTRS and A5 Sportback...

      For anyone that wants to see the car in the flesh, not a fake Fourtitude CGI nonsense, check this out:

      http://www.germancarblog.com/2009/05/audi-a5-sportback-new-spy-shots.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lol what is next, picture of a closed garage where the car supposed to be inside?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So you're in front of a car wrapped in camo that's main point is a sloping rear window/cabin and you NEGLECT to shoot any PROFILE SHOTS!?!?
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