The Audi A5 Sportback combines the best of different automotive worlds. It is as emotional and elegant as a coupe, as comfortable as a saloon, and as practical as an Avant. The Sportback joins the Coupe and Cabriolet as the third member of the Audi A5 model family - and at the same time creates a new segment. With an exciting design, great everyday utility and highly efficient and powerful TFSI, FSI and TDI engines, the Audi A5 Sportback will arrive at UK Audi Centres in October 2009. OTR prices will start from £27,140 for the 2.0 TDI SE version.
The unusual hatchback design is distinctively emblematic of the vehicle's excellent functionality. With the Sportback, the designers of the Avant are setting trends in tail-end design while combining sportiness, comfort and utility in a completely new way.
The unique functional concept in conjunction with the emotion-packed design creates a cutting-edge mix of coupe and Avant. The luggage volume of 480 litres (17.0 cubic feet) nearly equals that of the Audi A4 Avant, and it has an impressive 980 liters (34.6 cubic feet)with the rear seatbacks folded down.
The Audi A5 Sportback provides a full measure of comfort on all four seats and convenient entry and exit through every door. Despite the fact that its exterior height is less than that of the Audi A4 Saloon and that its roof tapers at the rear, the Sportback has comparable headroom and legroom.
Initially the Audi A5 Sportback will be available with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. The two petrol versions, the 2.0 TFSI quattro with an output of 211PS and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque and the 3.2-litre V6 quattro generating 265PS are both equipped with the Audi valvelift system. This feature can produce more power and higher torque as well as lower fuel consumption.
The following engines are also available right from the start: the 2.0 TDI with 170PS, 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), a 6-speed manual gearbox and start/stop system, the 2.7 TDI with 190PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), and the three-litre V6 TDI with 240PS plus an enormous 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of maximum torque and quattro all-wheel drive.
The newly developed ESP control with electronic differential lock on the front axle ensures noticeably improved steering response as on the Coupe and Cabriolet and compensates effectively for change-of-load reactions - which increases driving safety.
The perfect addition to this technology package is the Audi drive select dynamic driving system - this allows the driver to choose between three different modes which influences the throttle response characteristics, the shift points for the seven-speed S tronic or multitronic transmissions, and supports the servotronic steering. If the vehicle is equipped with the MMI operating system, a fourth, freely programmable level is also available.
Audi drive select can only be ordered in conjunction with one or more of three additional technologies - adaptive shock absorber control, dynamic steering with continuously variable assistance and quattro with sport differential for the 3.0 TDI and 3.2 FSI versionsPublished 18 June 2009