Audi RS5 Sportback Debuts in New York

 

Whatever you do, don’t call it a hatchback. Per Michael-Julius Renz, managing director of Audi Sport, the 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a “five-door high-performance coupe,” which has “neither a predecessor model nor a direct competitor.” It’s nothing if not unique, and we hope to be able to offer it to the Los Angeles and Ventura drivers we serve at Keyes Audi Valencia.

This will be a strictly limited edition, with only 320 available worldwide. The lucky few who get their hands on one will be treated to an amazing piece of engineering. At the car’s reveal at the New York International Auto Show, Renz promised “the ultimate in functionality with maximum performance,” and the car’s stats back him up. It’s equipped with a 444 horsepower bi-turbo V6 engine that’s practically lag-free, and that delivers a scorching 3.7-second zero-to-sixty time.

That kind of power requires upgrades in other areas, so the Audi RS5 Sportback gets RS Sport Suspension that lets the car ride 7 millimeters lower than the standard Audi S5 Sportback. A “plus” version adds dynamic ride control that deploys adjustable dampers that adapt to different driving conditions. They’re complemented by the standard drive select system that lets drivers dial in comfort, auto, dynamic and individual drive modes.

Also included are Audi pre sense driver assist aids, Audi virtual cockpit and full-color head-up display, plus gauges to indicate tire pressure, g-force, and torque, each exclusive to the RS model family. We haven’t even touched on the car’s looks, but suffice it to say that they do the Audi brand proud.

We aren’t yet sure whether we’ll get one of the 320 models from this car’s production run. While you’re waiting, however, why not visit your Los Angeles area Audi dealership to whet your appetite? After all, Keyes Audi Valencia also offers this car’s close cousins, the Audi A5 and Audi S5, each of which you’re sure to love. Visit us at 23923 Creekside Rd today.

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