We were head over heels for the RS5 Coupe – after all, who couldn’t fall for its wonderful engine, superb chassis and those aggressive looks? The only little criticism we suppose was that it lacked a bit of practicality. With only two doors, getting passengers to sit in the back proved tricky. Not that we tried very hard to get them to join us for a ride of course. But now, Audi dealers in the Middle East are accepting orders for the RS 5 Sportback and it will be hard to turn people away from this doorier variant which will be at dealerships in the Middle East from September 2019. Indeed, the five-door, high-performance model combines exceptional design and high usability with maximum performance - so it'll be hard to knock this one.
It looks properly angry; featuring an extended wheelbase, short overhangs and a long, wraparound engine hood with power dome, you wouldn’t want to mess with this. Its progressive exterior design illustrates its dynamics while the wide Singleframe grille (with quattro logo in matte black) and the massive air inlets with an RS-specific honeycomb structure gives the front end a bold look. An RS-typical diffuser insert, the RS exhaust system with oval tailpipes as well as a surface-mounted spoiler lip provide sporty accents at the rear. It comes standard with 19in forged wheels; 20in wheels are available as an option. Customers can customize the potent saloon with the gloss black, matt aluminum and carbon styling packages. The paint finish Sonoma green metallic is exclusive to the Audi RS 5 – and it’s a heck of a nice colour.
The cabin is finished entirely in black and can accomodate five adults and it packs RS sport seats with optional honeycomb pattern in Fine Nappa leather and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel.
Under the bonnet resides a 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine which produces 450 horsepower and its maximum torque of 600Nm is available between 1,900 and 5,000rpm. It can accelerate from 0-100kph in 3.9 seconds on its way to an optional top speed of 280kph. That potent motor is matyed to a sportily tuned eight-speed tiptronic with optimized gear changing transfers the power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive with self-locking center differential. It distributes the power to the axles asymmetrically (40:60), ensuring dynamic handling with optimal traction combined with the greatest possible safety. When slippage occurs on an axle, most of the power immediately flows to the other axle – up to 70 per cent to the front, and up to 85 per cent to the rear. It’ll handle with aplomb thanks to the five-link front and rear suspension and it sits seven millimeters (0.3 in) lower than the S5 Sportback. Audi Sport also offers the RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning.