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Audi A5 Sportback Official Details and Photos

As hinted yesterday by Audi's leakage of a photo showing the A5 Sportback, the German manufacturer has today released details and photos of the third addition to the A5 range, a model which Audi calls "the best of three worlds: it has the elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and the practicality of a station wagon."

The A5 Sportback will be offered with a choice of no less than six engines (three TDI and three FSI), with three to arrive at the launch of the car and the other to be added by the middle of next year.

Engines

The entry level engine for the TDIs is the four cylinder 2.0l TDI. It develops 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque, sprinting from naught to sixty in 8.7 seconds and accelerating up to a top speed of 228 km/h (141.67 mph). It is mated to a manual transmission, with the option of a quattro drive to arrive by fall. A less powerful version of the 2.0l TDI, developing only 143 hp and and 320 NM of torque will also be available in fall.

In the middle of the TDI engine display lies the 2.7l V6 TDI, which develops 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Also matted to a manual transmission, it reaches 60 in 8.2 seconds and tops at 235 km/h (146.02 mph). A multitronic version will be introduced this fall.

The largest of the TDI engines is the 3.0l V6 TDI, producing 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It takes it 6.1 seconds to reach 60 and keeps on accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 247 km/h (153.48 mph).

The gasoline powerplants start with Audi's 2.0l TFSI, which will be offered in two versions: The more powerful of the two develops 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque and is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch S tronic transmission and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It accelerates from naught to sixty in 6.6 seconds and tops at 241 km/h (149.75 mph).

The less powerful version of the 2.0l TFSI will be coupled with either a manual or multitronic transmission and will develop 180 hp and 320 Nm of torque.

The strongest gasoline engine offered by Audi for the A5 Sportback is the 3.2l V6 FSI, which develops 265 hp and 330 Nm of torque. It is paired with a S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive and goes form a standstill to sixty in 6.6 seconds. Top speed stands at 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

The third gasoline engine, to be introduced in 2010, is the 1.8l unit. It will become the entry level version for the A5 Sportback.

Trims and prices

As the company itself says, "Audi did not design the A5 Sportback as a niche model, but expects solid volumes – a realistic outlook considering the complete package of strong qualities and the very competitive prices." The entry level version of the A5 Sportback, the 2.0l TFSI 180 hp will
be priced in Germany at 33,650 euro, with the promise that the new entry-level to be introduced in 2010 will be even more cheap.

As standard, the new A5 comes with parking brake, six airbags, belt tensioners and force limiters, Isofix child seat preparation, recovery of braking energy system, fog lights, heated and power-adjustable exterior mirrors and an intelligent ignition key that automatically stores service-relevant data.

In addition, the new Sportback will feature, also as standard, 17-inch alloy wheels, tire pressure monitoring display, fold-down rear seat backs, automatic air conditioning system, leather sport steering wheel and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Infotainment is insured via the MMI navigation system and a media center, comprised of a seven-inch color monitor, a 40 GB HDD, voice input system, an analog/digital TV tuner and the all-present Bluetooth.

Audi will make available for the A5 Sportback an S line package as well. It will allow for the car to have a tauter suspension setup and lowered body with larger wheels. Interior extras include sport seats covered in cloth and leather, a special leather sport steering wheel, a leather shift lever knob, inlays in brushed aluminum and color-coordinated floor mats.

Below is the list of prices for the A5 Sportback:

  • 2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission                    36,050 euro
  • 2.7 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission                    39,300 euro
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 7-speed S tronic                             47,950 euro
  • 2.0 TFSI (180 hp) with 6-speed manual transmission    33,650 euro
  • 2.0 TFSI (211 hp) quattro with 7-speed S tronic             42,150 euro
  • 3.2 FSI quattro with S tronic                                           47,000 euro
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