Dream Car: Audi RS 5 Sportback

Audi RS 5 Sportback made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show as a version for the US and Canadian market. With five doors, the RS 5 Sportback combines stirring design and a high level of everyday usability with superior performance.

The 2.9 TFSI V6 twin turbo engine delivers 331 kW and 600 Nm. With this much power, the Audi RS 5 Sportback accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with the possibility of reaching a top speed of 174 mph. As with all new Audi V6 and V8 engines, the turbochargers are mounted at a 90-degree angle to the cylinder banks, which means that the exhaust side of the cylinder heads is inside, and the intake side is outside. This layout enables a compact design and short fuel paths with minimal flow loss – the 2.9 TFSI engine reacts extremely spontaneously to the movements of the right pedal. The B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection contributes to the overall efficiency.

The power of the 2.9 TFSI is transferred to the quattro permanent all wheel drive with center differential via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimized shift times that is specially tuned to sporty driving. It distributes power asymmetrically 40:60 between the axles – this guarantees dynamic handling with optimal traction alongside the greatest possible safety. When slippage occurs on an axle, most of the power immediately flows to the other axle – up to 70% to the front, and up to 85% to the rear. This locking effect enables a clearly-defined torque distribution and precise cooperation with the control systems. The optional sport differential selectively shifts the torque between the rear wheels.

The Audi RS 5 Sportback will initially be available in the USA and Canada from the second half of 2018. The model is currently not yet available for purchase in the EU.