• Jun 24, 2009
Less than 24 hours ago, Autoblog commenter Zamafir sent us a few cloaked images of the upcoming Audi A5 Sportback getting ready for its close-up at the University of California San Diego. Unsurprisingly, another camera-phone wielding student was able to capture Audi's new five-door A5 sans camouflage, and the results are equal parts telling and predictable.

Although the front end remains masked in these newest spy shots, the bit that matters – the slopping rear hatch – is plain as day, with a stretched C-pillar and elongated rear-quarter window, large rear windshield and slightly upkicked boot lid. The rear overhang doesn't seem disproportionately stretched and the profile proves that at least one German automaker can pull off an attractive mid-sized five-door without relying on a bloated rump.

There's still some debate about whether Audi will offer the A5 Sportback in the States, so just because it was shot in So. Cal. doesn't mean it's headed this way. Instead, expect the A5 to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September (possibly earlier, at the Audi Centenary Celebration in July), with a range of gasoline and diesel powertrains, including an S5 variant packing the supercharged 3.0-liter V6. You can read the full account of Zamafir's rendezvous with the A5 Sportback and see another spy shot of the new five-door over at Fourtitude.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      a five door a5?

      NICE
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice! A hatched four door A5!? Jackpot! Please bring to the states.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, and a hatchback, I want one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      for everyone interested
      possible plans
      found on the internet
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      1.6 TFSI 160 quattro m6/dsg7
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      1.6 TDI 140 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
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      A1 Sportback 1.2 TFSI 105 fwd m6/dsg7 4 1.75 1.4
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      1.6 TFSI 140 fwd/quattro m6/dsg7
      1.6 TFSI 160 quattro m6/dsg7
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      1.6 TDI 140 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
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      2.0 TFSI 180 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
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      A3 Coupe 1.2 TFSI 120 fwd m6/dsg7 4.3 1.8 1.4
      1.6 TFSI 140 fwd m6/dsg7
      1.6 TFSI 160 fwd/quattro m6/dsg7
      2.0 TFSI 180 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TFSI 211 quattro m6/stronic7
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      1.6 TDI 140 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TDI 170 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TDI 204 quattro m6/stronic7
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      RS3 Coupe 2.5 TFSI 340 quattro m6/stronic7
      A3 Sportback 1.2 TFSI 120 fwd m6/dsg7 4.4 1.8 1.4
      1.6 TFSI 140 fwd m6/dsg7
      1.6 TFSI 160 fwd/quattro m6/dsg7
      2.0 TFSI 180 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TFSI 211 quattro m6/stronic7
      1.6 TDI 120 fwd m6/dsg7
      1.6 TDI 140 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TDI 170 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TDI 204 quattro m6/stronic7
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      1.6 TFSI 160 fwd/quattro m6/dsg7
      2.0 TFSI 180 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TFSI 211 quattro stronic7
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      2.0 TDI 170 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
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      2.5 TFSI 340 quattro m6/stronic7
      3.0 TDI 306 quattro m6?
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      2.5 TFSI 340 quattro m6/stronic7
      3.0 TDI 306 quattro m6?
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      2.0 TFSI 180 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TFSI 211 quattro m6/stronic7
      2.5 TFSI 277 quattro stronic7
      1.6 TDI 140 fwd m6/stronic7
      2.0 TDI 170 fwd/quattro m6/stronic7
      2.0 TDI 204 quattro m6/stronic7
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      2.0 TDI 204 quattro stronic7
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      2.5 TFSI 277 quattro stronic7
      2.0 TDI 170 fwd m6/stronic7
      2.0 TDI 204 quattro m6/stronic7
      2.5 TDI 255 quattro stronic7
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      RS5 Sport
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys must be Audi fanboys BC you can barely tell the lines of the car form the pic. It really looks like an A6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Look at the C-pillar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fanboi? yes. Barely tell the lines from the pic? don't care, i was there. looks like the A6? no. not at all. I've been in and around both cars, they look nothing alike in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This already looks much better than the 5-series GT... not that I find that terribly difficult.

      Am I the only one that doesn't understand these fastback/hatchback designs? Wouldn't a wagon be much more efficient as far as space? These just seem like a bit of a waste of space in a model lineup...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've not seen the 5 series GT in person, but from the photo on the north american car of the year post I can tell you the a5 sportback is dramatically better looking, there's no doubt about it.

        per the demographic, there is one. I'm looking at the Q5 or Golf TDI to replace one of my cars, it needs to be fairly entertaining and have a hatch back. Honestly, I'd prefer an A5 sportback, better fuel economy than the Q5, better performance, and a much better exterior than the already better-looking-than-MkV Golf TDI.
        If audi sells this in north America with the 2.0T and 3.0Tupercharged I think they’d have a hit on their hands. In fact, if they just replaced the A4 with this completely they’d be good to go.
        I’m still recalling just how aston like that rear window is, and how perfectly the bet line blends into the rear spoiler and light cluster. It’s a lot better in person.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ditto. I'm liking what I see. Far less awkward than the 5-series GT, and devoid of the CLS' sloping bum.

        Nice! I'd still go for a wagon but I can see the appeal of this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what the redesigned A4 should have looked like. Absolutely breathtaking.

      Audi is leagues ahead of BMW now. Leagues.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I could not agree more; they've blown BMW out of the water with their design language.
      • 5 Years Ago
      better than BMW GT
        • 5 Years Ago
        @james, i don't blame u, the a5 sportback and a7 sportback sit just below and above the 5 series gt. both are a lot better looking, a lot more cohesively designed. it'll be interesting seeing how the 5 series gt copes with both.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But see I don't like the comparison between the BMW 5GT and the Audi A5 Sportback.
        The A5 is conceived as a four door "coupe" variant of the A5, whereas the 5GT is supposed to be a more versatile version of the 5-series with higher ride height.

        Besides their sloped hindquarters I don't see the comparison...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it over as an 'allroad'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite sexy actually.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Slick!

        So, why would I want an A6/S6?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow! Good job Audi! The CTS Wagon looks very odd to me, I can't see anybody cross shopping the two..
        • 5 Years Ago
        not bad, but still a bit boring design wise.
        the CTS Wagon is much better in my view
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, at least this doesn't look as much as an Accord as the bloated A5/S5 does. Still, looks like a glorified VW/any other Audi. With Mercedes and BMW and other European offerings, I don't see where Audi gets away with making the same secretary car design over and over and over again.

      Not like I'm against overweight, plasticy-looking coupes or anything. Slap an extra couple doors and a hatch, ad even more weight and you have a winner...
        • 5 Years Ago
        An S5 look like an Accord?

        As an S5 owner, you bet your ass I take offense to that remark. Clearly you have no idea what you're talking about.

        Have you seen an S5, either in person or in a picture?

        Sheesh.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful car.

      They should sell it here - people would buy it.

      Does Audi know how to make a car that isn't stunning? Honestly, I can't remember a single design that wasn't spot on, at least in the looks department. Very nice car.

      Of course a wagon is more practical. So is a bicycle in a lot of situations. People in the States only seem to like wagons with big tires at this point though. This car is much prettier than a wagon, and the wow factor is important when someone spends 50k on a car.
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