The S5 Sportback

Wait what, a four door S5? Dafuq… No really. Its real, the official title is a S5 Sportback and it is part of a European line up that we Yanks will never see. That’s a shame really; considering is a jaw dropping, majestic beast of beauty. Just look at that ass, perfection! So what it comes down to is this; Audi Corp can’t just bring this car state side because of a few very logical reasons. The first being the S6 class, a big bread maker for Audi America. Audi won’t bring this car over because of the almost guaranteed risk of losing sales to the S5 Sportback. Big deal, right? I mean if it’s all going to Audi, who cares? Well the problem lays in consumer choice, over saturating the market with options would cause sales to drop off, with an overall loss at the bottom line. To compound this issue, it is extremely expensive to launch a car model on a different continent. Products have to be changed to meet safety rules, factories have to be built and systems have to be changed. In short, it’s not economically viable to fill the market, even if the car is stunning. So for now we will have to sit back and love from a far.

-CA

Heh Heh

The Press Information from Audi:

The S5 Sportback is the pinnacle of the new Sportback model line. This elegant, five-door coupé is propelled by a three-liter V6 with a mechanical compressor. From a displacement of 2,995 cm3 (182.77 in3), the small turbo engine delivers 245 kW (333 hp) and 440 Nm (324.53 lb.-ft.) of torque between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm. The S5 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.4 seconds [provisional figure]; its top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is limited by an electronic governor. It averages just 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.25 mpg) [provisional figures] — the best in this power-output category.

Concerning the powertrain, the Audi S5 Sportback similarly underscores its superiority: a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive are standard equipment. Upon request, Audi will include the sport differential. It variably distributes power on the rear axle between the rear wheels. This new “top model” has a sportily configured chassis with 18-inch aluminum wheels fitted with 245/40 tires; black brake calipers bear S5 emblems at the front. Speed-dependent servotronic steering is also standard.

Small yet striking exterior and interior features visually distinguish the Audi S5 Sportback. Equipment highlights include electrically adjustable S sports seats covered with Silk Nappa leather. Sales of the Audi S5 Sportback will start in Spring 2010; its basic price will be 57,900 euros.

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