New Audi A5 Sportback: As Stylish as a Coupe, as Versatile as an Avant
A local release of the new Audi A5 Sportback is|
expected as early as Q1 next year, following
a September release across Europe.
17th June, 2009
Audi’s completely new A5 Sportback has broken cover.
The Audi A5 Sportback combines the style and sophistication of a coupe with the comfort of a sedan,
and the versatility of an Avant (station wagon). The Sportback now joins the Coupe and Cabriolet as
the latest member of the A5 model family, providing a new segment at the same time. With an exciting
design, everyday practicality and highly efficient yet powerful TFSI, FSI and TDI engines, the Audi A5
Sportback will launch in Europe from September 2009.
The A5 Sportback represents a milestone in car design. The five-door coupe excels with its stylish
and sporty profile. The spoiler lip and diffuser insert provide contrast and emphasise the sporty
characteristics of the body contour. The coupe-like silhouette is the result of a roof section with a
long, tapering roofline and of the short overhangs at the front and rear as well as the long
wheelbase of 2,810 mm and the four frameless doors with their slim, dynamic window styling.
With the Sportback, Audi presents a functional concept that provides a cutting-edge mix of coupe
and Avant-like qualities. The luggage capacity of 480 litres is almost equal to that of the A4 Avant,
and has an impressive 980 litres with the rear seatbacks folded down.
The A5 Sportback is a genuine 4-seater boasting a full measure of comfort for driver and each
passenger and ample head and legroom.
Each engine in the A5 Sportback range features direct injection with the choice of either petrol or
diesel variants. All engines meet the EU5 exhaust emission standard, and diesel versions are equipped
with particulate filters.
In Europe, a total of two FSI petrol engines and three common rail TDI engines are available. The
petrol engines are equipped with the Audi valvelift system producing more power and higher torque but
offering lower fuel consumption. The 2.0 TFSI quattro has a power output of 155 kW and 350 Nm of
torque and the 3.2 V6 quattro generates 195 kW.
The diesel engines range from a 2.0 TDI up to a three-litre V6. The 2.0 TDI is paired to a 6-speed
manual gearbox and produces 125 kW of power and 350 N of torque. It also features a start/stop system.
The 2.7 TDI with 140 kW and 400 Nm, and the three-litre V6 TDI with 176 kW plus an enormous 500 Nm of
torque and quattro all-wheel drive round out the range.
The newly developed ESP control with electronic differential lock on the front axle ensures noticeably
improved steering response and compensates effectively for change-of-load reactions to increase driving
The perfect addition to this technology package is the Audi drive select dynamic driving system – this
allows the driver to choose between three different modes which influences the throttle response
characteristics, the shift points for the seven-speed S tronic or multitronic transmissions, and supports
the servotronic steering. If the MMI operating system is fitted, a fourth, freely programmable level is
The Audi A5 Sportback is expected to arrive in Australia in Quarter 1, 2010. Both TDI and FSI engines
will be available. Final engine range and pricing is yet to be finalised for Australian customers.