2019 Audi RS5 Sportback debuts at New York Auto Show

Joining the performance family, Audi Sport launches its latest RS model - the RS5 Sportback. Making its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the RS5 Sportback offers a balance of high design and driving dynamics.

The 2019 RS5 Sportback represents the latest model in the highly successful Audi Sport family, with breakthrough 5-door coupe design and exceptional performance.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

As with any vehicle that bears the RS badge, the RS5 Sportback features development rooted in motorsport and technologies that embody the Audi Sport authenticity of  "Born on the Track. Built for the Road". The wave-design shoulder line underscores the athleticism through the body and the flared box fenders provide cues to the standard quattro all-wheel drive, in addition to widening the body by 15 mm on each side over its S5 Sportback sibling.

The RS5 Sportback features a wide and flat Singleframe grille, large RS-specific honeycomb air intakes, matte alu-optic front spoiler with quattro script, matte alu-optic exterior mirror housings and high gloss black side sills. Enhancing the distinct and sporty rear, the Sportback features a RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes and a high gloss black rear-lip spoiler.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

The refined interior of the RS5 Sportback, with seating for five standard, includes impressive RS accents and driver-focused technologies. The RS5 Sportback features the Audi brand’s hallmark wing-design wrap-around dashboard with driver-oriented interior including user-friendly controls. From its S sport seats with RS embossing, flat-bottomed, perforated leather RS sport steering wheel and gear shift, and stainless steel pedals, the RS5 Sportback offers an all-encompassing performance Audi Sport package.

The RS5 Sportback integrates benchmark technologies including standard Audi smartphone interface, which provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for compatible mobile devices, available Audi virtual cockpit and full color head-up display. Unique RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit inform the driver of tire pressure, torque, a shift light indicator and g-forces.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

Under the hood, the RS5 Sportback is powered by a 2.9-liter TFSI V6 biturbo engine that generates 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, available in a wide rev range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. It sprints from 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds and achieves a top track speed of 155 mph, or increased to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.

The power of the 2.9 TFSI reaches the quattro permanent four-wheel drive with self-locking center differential via a sporty eight-speed Tiptronic with optimized shifting times. It distributes the drive forces asymmetrically 40:60 on the axles - this guarantees both responsive handling and optimal performance. A traction control system manages distribution for maximum acceleration with minimal slip and the standard quattro sport rear differential to maximize driving dynamics.

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

While performance remains the highlight, the RS5 Sportback offers a host of advanced driver assistance systems that are designed to help drivers navigate the road with increased confidence. The new model's high level of standard systems include Audi pre sense basic, Audi pre sense city, Audi side assist, rear cross traffic assist and Audi pre sense rear, as well as available adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, Audi active lane assist and high beam assistant.

The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback will be on sale in the second half of 2018.

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