2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback: Performance Takes Practicality For a 444 Horsepower Ride [Video]

New from the 2018 New York International Auto show is the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback. This vehicle brings the performance of Audi’s RS division to the convenience of the A5 Sportback platform. Ultimately, the sportback version is a very similar package to the regular RS 5, although it has an additional two doors and a hatchback.

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback
[Photo: Audi]


Under the hood of the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that lives under the hood of the coupe version. It still produces 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission, as is the case with the coupe.

According to Audi, the sportback will hit 60 MPH in under 4-seconds, like its sibling vehicle.



Of course the one thing that notably separates the RS 5 Sportback from the coupe is the fact that this vehicle offers two extra doors and a sportback hatch. While the RS 5 Coupe does have a relatively usable back seat, it is not exactly easy to get into. Furthermore, the Sportback design offers a lot more cargo space over the coupe. Audi says the Sportback has 21.8 cu-ft of space with the seats not folded, whereas the coupe has just 9.5 cu-ft in the same configuration.

Pricing and MPG have not yet been announced. Please be sure to stay tuned to TFLcar and TFLnow for more information on the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback and catch our coverage of the 2018 New York International Auto Show!

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Roman has already had a chance to review the 2019 RS 5 Coupe. Functionally, these two vehicles will drive very similarly, so to get an idea for what the sportback will be like, be sure to watch the video below: