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If you're annoyed that the Audi A5 Sportback isn't going to be made available in the U.S., you might as well stop reading now, because this will probably be upsetting to you. Audi has just formally announced the S5 Sportback, which, as you likely gathered, kicks things up with the blown 3.0L V6 that's standard kit in the S4, available in the A6, and will shortly replace the V8 as the motivator under the S5 coupe's hood. Quattro is standard, as is the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox; a sport differential can be added at extra cost.

Other standard S-car bits include the metallic-finished mirrors, quad pipes, snazzy S-design wheels (dubs are optional), and polished vertical grille slats. Basically, it's the S5 with two extra doors and a hatchback. It's probably a blast to drive, and it demonstrates that you can turn a standard model into a sporty hatch without going all Crosstour.

Power from the six is 333 horses and 324 lb-ft – good for a 5.4-second run to 62 mph (100 km/h) and an electro-nannied 155-mph top end. Audi says that the powertrain's good a smidge over 24 mpg – with whose grandmother behind the wheel, we have no idea. Inside? You know the deal – it's nice. Starting price when it lands in Deutschland Audi stores this spring will be €57,900, demonstrating that more sensible fun doesn't necessarily come on the cheap. Check out a slew of additional pics in the gallery below, and the official flowery-language press release after the jump.

[Source: Audi]


Audi News Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) 2009
The Audi S5 Sportback – particularly elegant sportiness

* Supercharger and FSI direct fuel injection are a powerful combination
* 245 kW (333 hp), 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) of torque and exemplary efficiency
* S tronic and quattro drive standard; quattro with sport differential optional

The abbreviation "S" stands for sports and also high efficiency – characteristic Audi features. The S5 Sportback is the top model of the new Sportback model series. The five-door coupe is powered by a highly efficient, supercharged V6 engine with an output of 245 kW (333 hp). Power is delivered to the wheels via the seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive; the innovative sport differential is available as an option.

The Audi S5 Sportback is powered by a three-liter V6 with a mechanically driven supercharger. The supercharger sits in the 90 degree V formed by the banks of the cylinders and produces up to 0.8 bar of pressure. Two downstream intercoolers lower the temperature of the compressed intake air for improved filling of the combustion chambers.

The six-cylinder unit, which displaces 2,995 cc, embodies the Audi philosophy that performance and efficiency are not mutually exclusive but rather complement each other perfectly. The engine delivers a constant 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) of torque between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm. The S5 Sportback sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in only 5.4 seconds (provisional figure) and accelerates up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The spontaneous response, the powerful thrust and sonorous sound make for a thrilling driving experience.

The supercharged V6 unit consumes only 9.7 liters (provisional figure) of fuel per 100 km (24.25 US mpg) on average – a top figure in this performance class.

The leading position of the S5 Sportback is further underscored by its drivetrain technology. The top model comes standard with the seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with a slight rear wheel bias. Optionally available is the sport differential.

The high-end rear-axle differential transfers the forces at the rear axle between the wheels as needed for even greater dynamism and stability.

The Audi S5 Sportback has a sports-tuned chassis. The S-design 18-inch cast aluminum wheels are shod with 245/40 tires. Wheels up to 20 inches are available as options. The black brake calipers are emblazoned with S5 emblems. Servotronic speed-sensitive steering is also standard, with dynamic steering optionally available. A strut brace provides the front section of the car with additional rigidity.

A number of features also provide visual cues to the A5 Sportback's sporty nature. The front blade and the diffuser, the single-frame grille, the air intakes, the sill strip, the spoiler lip at the rear and the four-tailpipe exhaust system all sport an exclusive design. The side mirror housings shine in aluminum look and the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and rear lights are standard.

Inside, electrically adjustable S-design sport seats covered in Silk Nappa leather, a black or silver headliner and brushed aluminum inlays underscore the dynamic style of the high-end model. The pointers in the instrument cluster are illuminated white, and the color driver information system presents the S5 logo when the car is started. A leather multifunction sport steering wheel with aluminum-look shift paddles and a sport selection switch for the S tronic underscore the sporty aspect of this model. S5 badges adorn the door sill trims, the key, the steering wheel and the instruments.

The luxurious, climate-controlled comfort seats are available as an option. The seat coverings are available in black, brown and three two-color combinations. Inlays are available in carbon, fine-grained birch wood and stainless steel mesh. The metallic structure comprising countless steel fibers feels slightly rough – an extraordinary haptic experience.

The Audi S5 Sportback will be arriving at German dealerships in spring 2010 with a base price of 57,900 euros.

The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sick ride. Bring it here Audi! I promise to buy one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      THAT IS TIGHT!!! The Mercedes version of the 4door coupe was OK, but Audi's version is really good looking.

      The A5 was the most beautiful car in their line-up, but this takes all of the beauty of the A5 and makes it a stunning 4D. Awesome job! It has character like the original A4 - sport and luxury with a nice balance. After owning two A4s, the new A4 is a let down to me. It's lost it's identity like the Maxima. Dumb decision not to bring this to the US. As much as I like Audi's, I was struggling to add an Audi to my want list. But this would definitely go on the wish list if it were coming to the states.

      But it does seem that there's little difference btwn the A4, A6, and A5 4door coupe now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My dream car will remain in my dreams :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Attention BMW/Honda: THAT is how you pull off a sexy sportback. No gimmicky marketing-speak of SAV, no stupid "looks as ugly as a truck but with the utility of a sedan."

      How the rear sweeps back is so tastefully done, and love the lines/curves in the body. Audi has such great designers that are putting BMW to shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic looking!

      Congrats to Audi for doing a proper sedan hatch that IMO looks WAY better than even Porsche Panemera which costs 2X the price.

      Honda designers study this S5 Sportback...

      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what the A4 should be, that would please me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hey, at least we get the Honda Crosstour!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm always open to new ideas from car manufacturers but this one still has me baffled. I dont know what it is, why it exists and what market does it appeal to.

      Even if I did figure it out, this car would never be in the A5 line. It should be a variant of the A4 line only. In terms of design this thing is nowhere near being a CLS/Rapide fighter. Its styling is too derivative. Distinction is key here. The A5/S5 is a distictive coupe.

      The AS/S5 Sportback? Not enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's no justice. We don't get this, but we do get the BMW 5-series Grand Truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with you. I'm a HUGE BMW fanboy, and even I can admit that Audi pulled this thing off a lot better than BMW. The profile of this car is great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a REALLY great looking car.

        Love the S5 coupe but need a 4-door. Would never buy the A4/S4 . . . but would definitely definitely definitely consider this IF Audi sold the Sportback here in the U.S.

        Not sure what these guys are thinking. Bring the Sportback to the U.S.

        • 5 Years Ago
        We also get the Crosstour and the Panamera
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now THIS is how you do a 4 door coupe. Still a silly concept, but its nice to see that VAG can do it right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interior looks like 90's accord.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my sport, but after trading it from my 07 outlander I have to say the drive is much different! However, you absolutely can't beat the gas mileage and great interior!
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