2017 NYIAS: First Audi S5 Sportback to ever come to America

It’s pretty well known in the auto industry that Audi likes to save its best cars for Europe. The four-ringed brand is a bit stingy when it comes to bringing its fun and interesting cars across the Atlantic to America. However, one of its more interesting cars will finally be making it here, the Audi S5 Sportback. The first-gen A5/S5 Sportbacks never made it ‘Stateside, unfortunately. Now in its second generation, Audi will be bringing them both here and we’ve got a glimpse of the hotter variant at the 2017 NYIAS.

What is essentially a regular S5 with four doors and a hatchback, the Audi S5 Sportback is the more practical version of the S5. It packs seating for four adults, or five children, and usable hatchback storage into a sporty and exciting package.

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Under the skin, the S5 Sportback isn’t any different from the Audi S4. It uses the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine, making 354 hp, and the same eight-speed automatic gearbox to drive all four wheels. So you might wonder, “If it’s the same powertrain and has the same amount of doors, why spend the extra money on the S5 Sportback over the S4?” Well, the reason is that the S5 Sportback feels sportier than the S4. The both the car’s ride and seating position are¬†lower and the car is a touch wider feeling, giving it a more sports car-like feel.

So if you’re in the market for an Audi S5 and want it over the S4, thanks to its lower seating position and more coupe-like looks, but need some extra space, the Audi S5 Sportback is perfect. And, considering its rear hatch offers a bit more space and easier use than the S4’s trunk, the S5 Sportback actually seems like a better buy than the S4. Let’s hope customers think so, though, as its future in the U.S. depends on that. We can’t whine and complain about Audi not bringing its more interesting cars here and then not buy them when they do.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.