Terrific news from Audi! The list of cars not offered in the USA is now slimmer than ever from Audi. The coveted A5/S5 Sportbacks are the latest pair to join the American sales lists.
These two are billed as 2018 models and are set for their first USA arrivals around May of 2017. They will go head to head with the BMW 430i/440i Gran Coupes and the yet-to-be-revealed Mercedes-Benz CLC four-door-coupes.
They both promise pretty outstanding performance. The A5 with a turbo four scoots to 60-mph in just 5.7-seconds, while the S5 with its supercharged six drops that down to 4.5 blinks.
We’re all for the Sportback models in the USA. They should only be about a 10-percent price just versus the A4/S4, but a world above the A4 in terms of street cred and curb appeal.
2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback
AUDI OF AMERICA INTRODUCES THE ALL-NEW A5 AND S5 SPORTBACK MODELS, AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE US SPRING 2017
- The all-new 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback models offer distinctive styling with excellent versatility and standard seating for five
- With double the cargo capacity over the coupe and generous interior space, the A5 and S5 Sportback are a functional and sporty choice for customers
- The A5 and S5 Sportback will arrive in dealerships spring 2017
HERNDON, Virginia, November 15, 2016, 11 PM ET – Joining the A5 model line, the all-new Audi A5 and S5 Sportback will make their US debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Featuring the distinctive Sportback body style, first introduced on the successful A7 model line, and generous interior space, the five-door coupe is a sporty yet functional choice for customers.
The 2018 A5 and S5 Sportback models mirror the coupe’s breakthrough design language, featuring a wider, flatter Singleframe® grille and longer, lower hood lines that highlight the powerful engines of the new A5 family vehicles. The precise wave-design shoulder line is more pronounced than previous generations and wider wheel arches provide design cues to the vehicle’s quattro® DNA. Rear horizontal design lines joined by the slim, yet sculptural three-dimension LED taillights offer a distinctly powerful look and emphasize vehicle width.
The refined interior of the A5, with seating for up to five standard, includes greater attention to detail through functional refinements and additional driver-focused technologies. A three-dimensional decorative inlay trim with climate control integration spans from the door panels across the dashboard and adds breadth and lightness. The available Bang & Olufsen®sound system with 3D sound offers both an acoustic and visual highlight in the interior, and the standard panoramic sunroof helps bring light into the cabin.
Similar to the Coupe and Cabriolet models, the A5 Sportback comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission that produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and sprints from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
The S5 Sportback is equipped with a re-engineered 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine to produce an impressive 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The S5 is also newly equipped with an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission that is well suited for the low-end torque of the new 3.0-liter turbocharged engine.
Both variants of the Sportback come standard-equipped with quattro® all-wheel drive, offering enhanced agility through a self-locking center differential, with a basic ratio of 40:60 front to rear, and wheel-selective torque control. The redesigned front five-link suspension with lightweight construction offers greater steering precision and excellent handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers.
The A5 and S5 Sportback offer the same advanced infotainment systems as the A5 Coupe and Cabriolet models including the available Audi virtual cockpit, MMI® touch® with handwriting-recognition and newly available in-car Audi connect® infotainment and security features, supported by 4G LTE connectivity (where available). A full suite of advanced driver assistance systems, including standard Audi pre sense® basic and city and available Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist, help drivers navigate the road and traffic with confidence.
For more information, please visit www.audiusa.com.
Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.
Driver assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.
Audi connect should only be used when it is safe and appropriate. Audi connect services and features are optional, provided with the support of authorized affiliated and third party service providers, and may require additional subscriptions with separate terms and conditions. Services are subject to change, and Google Earth and Street view services may not be available after December 2017. Certain services collect location information, see Terms of Service for information about how to disable and for other details.
Google Earth™ and “street view” services may not be available after December 2017.
2018 EPA estimates not available at time of publication. See www.fueleconomy.gov for updated information. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors including your driving habits and vehicle condition.
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