North American Audi fans have been skeptical as to whether or not the four-ringed brand would be bringing the A5 Sportback across the Atlantic. Audi’s previous track record for bringing its unusually shaped cars to the US isn’t very good, as we don’t get any Avant or Sportback models anymore. However, the Audi A5 Sportback will be coming to America, along with its S5 sibling, as they both just debuted at the LA Auto Show.
What is essentially and Audi A5 or S5 with four doors, the Sportback is a great looking car that adds some practicality to the sporty drive and looks. That means a 2.0 liter TFSI four-cylinder engine, 252 hp and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It also packs the same fantastic interior and impressive technology. We haven’t driven the new Audi A5 just yet, but we have driven the A4 and it’s one of our favorite new cars.
It honestly only makes sense that Audi would sell the Sportback here, as it needs to keep up with the competition. BMW started the trend in the US, with the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Despite the relative lack of need for such a car, the 4 Series GC has been selling quite well here, well enough that BMW will keep it around for the next-generation. Audi apparently took notice and will be brining its own version here to compete.
There’s no pricing as of yet, but expect it to be priced similar to the standard coupe variant. It could run a bit more than the Coupe, but don’t expect the price point to be too far off. Which is good, because the Sportback is quite a bit more car than the Coupe, as it has a bigger back seat, two more doors and a hatchback body style. Plus, it looks fantastic. Thank you, Audi. Sincerely — all US Audi enthusiasts.