• Aug 11, 2010
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The arrival of the Audi A7 in the U.S. is almost a given, designed to slot in – predictably – between the A6 and all-new A8, while finally providing Audi with a Mercedes-Benz CLS competitor. But what of the A5 Sportback?

According to our sources, the success of the A7 will play a key role in Audi's decision to import the A5 Sportback into the States. If the A7 is well received, the Sportback could be slotted in as a smaller alternative to the larger A7 and its closest competitor, the CLS. We haven't been given a timeline on when the A7 could arrive, but with the European launch happening early next year, a Stateside debut in 2011 isn't out of the question.

Audi's product expansion isn't just limited to new models, but includes the continued proliferation of available drivetrains. To that end, a diesel-powered A8 should arrive in the U.S. sometime next year.

When the A8 goes on sale this November, both the standard and long-wheelbase versions will launch simultaneously, each packing Audi's 372 horsepower 4.2-liter FSI V8. The 500-hp W12, however, won't be an option on the A8L until the first quarter of 2011. If Audi decides to equip the A8 with a diesel, expect the same 3.0-liter V6 TDI fitted to the refreshed Q7, outputting around 225 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Error in my 2nd paragraph above -- I forgot that the Q7 TDI has quattro, so that engine/tranny combo has already gotten US regulatory approval and would thus be available for the putative 2012 A4 TDI. Was thinking mostly about the A3 TDI, which I've had for almost 6 months.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd vote for an A3 TDI quattro as well. It would be the perfect car for me and I would seriously consider buying one if it were available. I was quite disappointed when they said the TDI version would be FWD only. That said I've still considered picking up a used A3 TDI, but a quattro version would be that much better.

        As far as the A4 TDI, if they do go with the 3.0L TDI, which is slightly overkill (but competes well with the 335d) I'd have to say that it will probably be quattro only. I can't see them pushing that much torque through the front wheels only.

        I'd really like to see them offer both the 2.0L TDI as well as the 3.0L so that they can boast exceptional mileage with the 2.0L and more performance(with economy too) for the 3.0L.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In Europe A4 with 3.0 TDI is quattro only.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i dont know where they are getting their information, but here in the US, the A8 will be equipped with the 372 horse 4.2 v8 and the torque is 328 lbft! it is on their web site! i have no idea where they got 450 horses, but that is not featured on the web site, not mentioned!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Or you can just import the A5 sportback from Mexico.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You clearly have no clue about importing a modern car from Mexico... The term RIDICULOUSLY cost prohibitive comes to mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't know about that. Thought nafta would make it easier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't the A5 supposed to be a 2-door? Why not make it the A4 or A6 sportback? Bad product positioning imo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd wish it were an A4 sportback.

        I like the a4's headlights a bit better than the A5's. But I like the hatchback idea much more. I wonder if a headlight and front bumper cover swap would work, or if one would need the fenders, too.

        I wish A5 2-door was a liftback hatch, too.

        Sadly, the car doesn't have a boxer engine... but everything else looks great.

        I wonder how long it would take for an S5 sportback to depreciate enough for me to afford without astronomical debt... :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        The A5 is a coupe, the A5 Sportback is a 4-door coupe. Same space-compromising styling, stretched out
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will be one of the first in line for this car to replace my B7! By the time it makes it to the US - if it makes it here - maybe Audi will offer it with a more powerful TDI than what is offered in the A3 TDI. In the US we don't even get Audi's most powerful 2.0 TDI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So would this open up the possibility for an Audi S5 Sportback?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The S5 Sportback is already available here in Germany and it has the supercharged V6 of the S4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love me a A5 Sportsback, wonder why it is taking so long for it to come here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, Mazda did it with the 6 series sedan a while ago (early 90s), and they gave it the Turbo engine in the GT model with the MX6 engines, it was a fast 4 door hatchback, you can still see some on the road today if you know what you are looking for.

      I have an S5, and there should never be anything on the road called a 4 door coupe, ever, from any car company. Why not call our cars 2 door sedans? Why call hatchbacks with 4 doors Avants- because the word wagon is a sales killer, so -in some cases- is the word sedan, so they use the word coupe to make it sound sexy when its clearly a redicolus use of the word. There is no such thing. PERIOD.

      My take on the A5 sedan, its also a bad place to put a sedan. The A5/S5 was Audi's first really good looking coupe in many many years, dont dilute the new line - leave it alone, Give the A4 series the new steed and leave this car line as it was intended, a sports car and not a sports sedan. (another misnomer from the car world)
        • 4 Years Ago
        There used to be such a thing as a 2-door sedan, and nearly everything called a coupe today is what that term meant in the 1960s and 70s.

        Back when there were pillarless hardtops sold alongside "post" cars (meaning without or with a visble B-pillar, respectively), the pillarless 2-door cars were called either "coupes" or "2-door hardtops." A 2-door car with a post behind the door was called a 2-door sedan, and it was considered the stodgy, low-priced bodystyle.

        Today, by that definition, there are precious few true "coupes" on the market, if you insist that a coupe either be pillarless or have a rakish roofline. M-B's E-Class and CL-Class coupes, the Bentley Continental GT and a handful of others. But that's not how we define coupes now. As for 4-door coupes, it only works with a wink, meaning "we know it's not a coupe but it's got coupe-like lines with four doors." A Volvo 1800ES isn't really a station wagon either, but "sport wagon" works for it.

        As for the A5 Sportback being an A4, as long as Audi doesn't replace the A4 Avant with it, I'd be ok with it. But since automakers still fear wagons, basing the slightly more utilitarian model on the sportiest variant (the A5) goes a long way toward avoiding the (perceived) stigma.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would think that the market for an A5 Sportback is much larger than for the upmarket A7. So it seems odd to base the product plans for the A5 on the market acceptance of the A7, a premium luxury 5-door hatchback — a concept that, if I recall correctly, no carmaker has ever done successfully in the US market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly! The 5-door target buyer would presumably be someone with a more active lifestyle (meaning younger, demographically), which in turn trends to being less affluent. Seems like the volume would be in the A5 Sportback, especially considering how few A8s they sell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would have thought a successful launch of the mid-size luxury A5 Sportback would have made a much better business case for the larger upmarket A7 than the A7 makes a case for the A5.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi, please, please bring the the A5 Sportback to the U.S. It's just awesome and in my opinion it's the better looking of Audi's two 4 door (or is that 5 door) coupes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 4.2 litre V8 twin-turbo diesel unit in the current, outgoing A8 is simply sensational. I'd vote for that particular beast any day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HELL...YES!
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