The Audi RS5 Sportback was revealed way back in March 2018 and has been on sale in the US for some time. And yet, us Brits have been denied the RS5 coupe’s more practical sibling. That’s finally been rectified, but there’s a catch.
It’s all to do with the more stringent WLTP emissions cycle. Having taken the two-door RS5 coupe off sale last year for the fitting of a petrol particulate filter, it’s been brought back temporarily for a 250 unit run. At the same time, Audi has chosen to briefly introduce the RS5 Sportback with the same production limit.
Both are available exclusively in Audi Sport Edition trim, which means you get 20-inch anthracite wheels, tinted glass, various gloss black trim pieces and an Audi Sport exhaust system.
In the cabin, there’s a mix of Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery with diamond-stitched RS super sports seats. Audi Smartphone Interface, MMI navigation plus, blindspot monitoring, Parking System Plus, hill hold and a panoramic sunroof are all fitted as standard. TL;Dr - you won’t be wanting for stuff.
The coupe and Sportback are each powered by the same 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, which was co-developed with Porsche. It sends 444bhp out to all four wheels, allowing for a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds.
Whether you want a coupe or a Sportback, the price is the same - £68,985. The pair will return next year with petrol particulate filters, but neither will be available in Audi Sport Edition form. So if all of the above sounds like your bag, you’ll need to move fast.