Americans may not have to lust after the A5 and S5 Sportbacks for much longer.
The trend of making four-door versions of two-door cars based on the platforms that underpin four-door vehicles isn't anything new. As a result, from the moment Audi first revealed the new generation of A5 Coupe we all knew it was only a matter of time before the swoopy sedan that is the A5 Sportback would be unveiled. So naturally we weren't shocked in the slightest to see said press release confirming the existence of the car arrive in our inbox. Cynicism aside, there is actually a lot to like about the new Audi A5 Sportback.
The interior, for instance, is absolutely stunning, and the extra space available in the Sportback over the standard A5 Coupe (11 mm in shoulder room and 24 mm in rear leg room) is certainly welcome, even though the regular A5 is already fairly spacious by class standards. The 17 cubic feet of trunk space means both briefcases and golf clubs will slot into the back with ease. We're also extremely impressed with Audi's claims of how this new Sportback is, despite being larger than its predecessor, up to 184 lbs lighter than the old car. The bits that really intrigue us about the new Audi A5 Sportback, though, are its engines. There will be a trio of diesel engines on offer, but we're going to focus on the two gas engines.
The base offering for the A5 Sportback is a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch is the only transmission offered. Sorry, manual fans. For the S5 Audi is kicking things up a notch with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. No manual is on offer but there is an eight-speed tiptronic to ease the pain. Audi has not revealed fuel economy numbers yet, just in case you were curious. Also yet to be revealed is whether or not the new A5 and S5 Sportbacks will make it to the US. BMW has seen success with its 3 and 5 Series Gran Turismos despite the fact that they're hideous.
The A5 Sportback is much prettier than BMW's GTs and actually comes in a sporty trim. At this point it seems like a no-brainer for Audi to bring these cars stateside, but we'll have to wait until the cars officially debut in Paris next month to find out if they'll indeed get visas.