Audi RS5 Sportback may be the most exciting American Audi

Audi is launching a pretty aggressive product offensive in the US within the next couple of years. The brand will add three new electric and hybrid vehicles as well as new RS models, including some SUVs, in the coming years. It’s a very exciting time for the four-ringed brand, as we’ll be seeing a bevy of new vehicles to the Audi brand as well as some Audis that will be new to America. One of the latter kind will be the upcoming Audi RS5 Sportback and it could be the most exciting Audi sold in America yet.

Firstly, we don’t get a lot of Audi RS models here. Of the last generation of Audi RS cars, the only ones to come to the US market were the RS5 Coupe and RS7. We haven’t gotten the RS4 since the B7-generation and we haven’t gotten an RS6 since the C5-generation. The upcoming Audi RS3 Sedan will be our first RS3, which is nice. But the RS5 Sportback is going to top them all, as it will be the only odd body style RS model.

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While Europe gets crazy cool Avants, such as the RS4 and RS6 Avant, as well as the RS3 Sportback, we only get coupes and sedans. The Audi RS5 Sportback will be the first funky body style of all the models to come from Audi Sport (Audi’s performance subdivision responsible for RS models).

Audi S5 Sportback – Imagine this but more aggressive for RS duty.

Packing the same 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine as the RS5 Coupe, the RS5 Sportback will develop 450 hp. That power will be sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels, via Quattro all-wheel drive. An optional (and necessary) Sport Differential will sit at the rear to help make the RS5 Sportback more rear-biased. Audi claims 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, but we expect it to be even quicker still. So not only is the RS5 Sportback exciting in theory but in reality as well.

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What also makes the RS5 Sportback special is that it’s the only car in its segment. Currently, Mercedes-Benz doesn’t make a four-door coupe, like the Audi A5 Sportback. BMW makes the 4 Series Gran Coupe, which is the A5 Sportback’s direct competitor, but doesn’t make a M4 Gran Coupe variant of it. So the Audi RS5 Sportback will be one of a kind and in a class of one. That makes it truly special.

This car needs to sell well, as its success could convince Audi to sell some of its more interesting cars. If the Audi RS5 Sportback sells as well as we hope it does, Audi could see reason to sell the RS4 Avant and RS6 Avant. For all of these reasons, the Audi RS5 Sportback is the most exciting upcoming Audi in a sea of new models on the way.

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.