Amped-Up Audi RS 5 Sportback Speeds Off Starting Line at $75K

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback, the version of the four-door hatchback for folks who think the regular A5 and performance S5 Sportbacks are too tame, will start at $75,195, including a $995 destination charge.

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The 2019 RS 5 will scoot to 60 mph in an estimated 3.8 seconds thanks to its a 444-horspower, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6, eight-speed automatic and standard Quattro torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with a locking center differential. Top track speed is 155 mph, which you can boost to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic Plus Package. The power boost compares to the S5's 354-hp V-6 and the A5's 252-hp four-cylinder. The hatchback sits about a quarter-inch lower on an RS sport suspension, and adaptive shock absorbers are optional.

Like the bigger A7 hatchback and its performance models, the RS 5 features coupelike styling while retaining four doors. In addition to more power, the RS 5 picks up on the S5 version with slightly more aggressive exterior styling details and gets the sporty S interior with some RS-specific trim details and steering wheel. It also has a standard digital instrument cluster and a multimedia system with navigation. A front collision system with automatic emergency braking is standard, and a long list of other driver aid and safety tech is optional. See our full RS 5 preview here.

The 2019 RS 5 Sportback will go on sale later this year. Its pricing compares to a starting price for the 2018 A5 Sportback of $43,575 and a starting price for the 2018 S5 Sportback of $55,375 (prices include destination).

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

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