Revealed at the New York motor show, the all-wheel drive fastback joins the RS5 Coupe and RS4 Avant in an expanded line-up of new mid-range RS models aimed at providing stiff competition to the likes of the BMW M3 and M4, and the as Mercedes-AMG C63 saloon and coupe.
UK sales for the first ever RS5 Sportback are expected to kick-off in late 2018, with officials from Audi Sport suggesting it will be priced close to the £63,575 RS5 Coupe in Britain.
“The Audi RS 5 Sportback is more than just a trade fair novelty – it offers something new,” says Audi Sport chief Michael-Julius Renz. “Our interpretation of a five-door performance coupe has neither predecessor models, nor a direct competitor.”
Distinguishing the RS5 Sportback from other recently introduced second-generation A5 Sportback models are a number of traditional Audi Sport styling cues. They include a wider single-frame grille sporting a high gloss black honeycomb effect insert, a more heavily structured front bumper sporting larger air ducts and a more prominent matt silver splitter element adorned with the word “quattro”.