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Audi S5 Coupe Sportback Model Series


The design lines move pleasingly from fore to aft, creating a stylish yet powerful appearance easily one of the most appealing cars on the highway. The abbreviation "S" stands for sports and also high efficiency  characteristic Audi features. The Audi S5 Sportback is the top model of the new Audi A5 Sportback model
series.

The five-door coupe is powered by a highly efficient, supercharged V6 engine with an output of 245 kW (333 hp). Power is delivered to the wheels via the seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive; the innovative sport differential is available as an option.


We don’t yet know what’s under the hood, but Audi has options. A version of the R8’s 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 would be nice match especially one that utilizes a supercharger or twin turbochargers to kick horsepower over the 500 mark. A performance-optimized iteration of Audi’s snappy seven-speed DSG gearbox would be the V-8’s most likely dance partner.

Of course, we’d sure love to see the RS 6’s ungodly 580-hp, 5.0-liter V-10 squeezed into the RS 5’s engine bay, but such a big, heavy motor in a vehicle the size of the RS 5 would not only present weight distribution challenges, but would fly in the face of Audi’s stated intentions to develop engines that meet their performance targets with lower displacements, fewer cylinders, and higher tech (i.e. forced induction, direct injection, etc.). That same edict has already affected the RS 5’s kid brother, the S5, which will have its 354-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 yanked in favor of a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 333 hp for the 2010 model year.


Certainly, the color scheme caught our spy's attention, but the “RS” signature styling elements, such as large angry-looking lower air intakes in front and huge oval exhaust pipes in back, give this particular car's true identity away.

This car also wears the same serious 20-inch wheels that can be found on the RS 6 sedan, while the snug-fitting matte black body wrap conceals its slightly flared fenders, wider track, as well as the actual rear bumper (which likely integrates some sort of a diffuser).


Other comforts include three-zone climate control, power front seats, telescoping steering column, shaded glass roof, AM/FM/CD/satellite/SD-card 180-watt 10-speaker stereo, fog lamps, 18-inch wheels, heated windshield washers, and rain-sensing wipers.

The only downside to the S5 might be when it is in use as a daily driver and only due to the gas consumption. Otherwise, it’s everything you’d expect from a high-end Audi and even a little more.


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