What is it?
A long time coming, that’s for sure. Despite being revealed at the New York motor show way back in March 2018, this is the first time the Audi RS5 Sportback has been offered up to the car-buying masses in the UK. It arrives alongside a newly WLTP-certified RS5 Coupé, is available exclusively in the Audi Sport Edition trim you see here and has the same £68,985 asking price as its two-door sibling.
Even though we’ve been waiting for well over a year for our first go in this elongated, four-door version of Ingolstadt’s fast coupé, Audi has announced that it will make only 250 examples of each bodystyle for sale in the UK this year. Autocar also understands that these 500 cars will be the final RS5s Audi Sport will produce before a petrol particulate filter is installed as part of a wider range update next year. So if you want one, you’d better get a wriggle on.
Until that updated car arrives, though, the technical specification of both variants of the RS5 reads much the same as it did before. The 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 co-developed with Porsche still sits at the car’s nose and still develops the same 444bhp and 443lb ft as it did before. Peak power still arrives at 5700rpm and that mighty well of torque continues to be spread from 1900rpm to 5000rpm. And, of course, all of this puissance is still sent to all four wheels via a quattro four-wheel drive system.