RE: Audi RS5 Sportback finally lands in UK

RE: Audi RS5 Sportback finally lands in UK

Monday 10th June

Audi RS5 Sportback finally lands in UK

Five-door version of Audi's 450hp M4 rival will cost from £68,985



More than a year after it was first revealed, Audi has introduced the new RS5 Sportback to the UK alongside an updated version of the coupe. Both the more-door and normal version of Audi’s 450hp V6 range-topper come with the same 3.9-second 0-62mph time and limited 155mph top speed, but are now offered exclusively in Sport Edition format and will be limited to just 250 examples of each for 2019.

Audi told PH that the restricted volume is a result of limited global production, which perhaps suggests sales were not as high as originally expected - or that another version will succeed the present cars in 2020. Either way, it pushes the starting price of Audi’s RS5 models to £68,985 apiece – making the coupe over £4k more expensive than the old entry variant and ranking it dangerously close (£800 to be exact) to AMG’s V8-powered C63 coupe. The Sportback’s is £1.5k pricier than the C63 saloon.


However, neither AMG can claim to be a low volume model, plus Audi’s decision to upgrade the RS5s to Sport Edition spec as standard means there’s plenty of kit to tempt you away from Affalterbach. There are 20-inch anthracite alloy wheels, tinted glass and black trim for the grille, window and door mirror surrounds - differentiating the model from the launch car - and the more vocal Audi Sport exhaust system is included for a matching soundtrack.

Inside, you get Nappa leather and Alcantara trimmings, with contrasting diamond stitching on the RS Super Sports seats that are also exclusive to the Sport Edition trim, piano black trim and a panoramic glass sunroof. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with Apple Carplay and Android Auto are both present and correct, alongside its top-spec satellite navigation and LTE internet technology, hill hold assist and Audi’s Parking System Plus. Now, with the Sportback’s arrival, the RS5 also offers storage space for up to 480 litres of luggage with the three-part rear bench up or, with it folded down, up to 1,300 litres.


Fans of Audi Sport’s effortlessly quick M4 rival will be pleased to hear that none of the technical makeup has been changed. The turbocharged 2.9-litre engine retains its peak 450hp output alongside a maximum 443lb ft torque figure, with up to 60 per cent sent to the rear wheels via clutch-based Quattro hardware. All cars get an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox and active limited-slip differential, as before. Tempted? With only 500 cars due, we wouldn’t hang about.

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Gio G

Original Poster:

2,018 posts

151 months

Monday 10th June
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Well the RS5 and RS4 returns to the Audi configurator for building, however cannot see Sportback. These current models have been absent since October last year in the UK, so not quite sure why the comments around it not selling well, as you couldn't order one for the last 6 months if you wanted one! Standard spec has gone up, along with the price..

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Dave Hedgehog

10,246 posts

146 months

Monday 10th June
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Gio G said:
Well the RS5 and RS4 returns to the Audi configurator for building, however cannot see Sportback. These current models have been absent since October last year in the UK, so not quite sure why the comments around it not selling well, as you couldn't order one for the last 6 months if you wanted one! Standard spec has gone up, along with the price..

G
Audi seam to have gone the bundle route with kit so for every one option you want you pay for two you don't ...

Not quite sure how they made the V6 sound so Meh when the B5 sounded so fabulous


B17NNS

18,335 posts

189 months

Monday 10th June
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Dave Hedgehog said:
Audi seam to have gone the bundle route with kit so for every one option you want you pay for two you don't ...
You can blame WLTP for that. Can't help thinking that manufacturers are taking advantage of it though by bundling tat you don't want or need with stuff you do.

Shiv_P

1,911 posts

47 months

Monday 10th June
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Dave Hedgehog said:
Gio G said:
Well the RS5 and RS4 returns to the Audi configurator for building, however cannot see Sportback. These current models have been absent since October last year in the UK, so not quite sure why the comments around it not selling well, as you couldn't order one for the last 6 months if you wanted one! Standard spec has gone up, along with the price..

G
Audi seam to have gone the bundle route with kit so for every one option you want you pay for two you don't ...

Not quite sure how they made the V6 sound so Meh when the B5 sounded so fabulous
The V6 is just a bit muted, inside they sound pretty good - better than F8x M3/M4

Gio G

Original Poster:

2,018 posts

151 months

Monday 10th June
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Shiv_P said:
The V6 is just a bit muted, inside they sound pretty good - better than F8x M3/M4
I do agree, but more importantly I really like how it sounds. Also at my age, I don't need those attention seeking pops+bangs. After all the RS5 is meant to be a comfortable fast GT car, which I believe it does very well at executing.. RS4, the same, just with a bigger boot smile

G

Edited by Gio G on Monday 10th June 19:45

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b0rk

896 posts

88 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Dave Hedgehog said:
Audi seam to have gone the bundle route with kit so for every one option you want you pay for two you don't ...
Apart from the reintroduced RS4 where virtually every option is standard.
Apart bizarrely enough from the comfort pack, electric seats or folding, dipping mirrors with memory function.

Must be a run out special to have so much kit as standard.

Nors

1,231 posts

97 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Dave Hedgehog said:
Not quite sure how they made the V6 sound so Meh when the B5 sounded so fabulous
With a standard Exhaust, the B5 was pretty muted actually.

wab172uk

1,313 posts

169 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Dave Hedgehog said:
Gio G said:
Well the RS5 and RS4 returns to the Audi configurator for building, however cannot see Sportback. These current models have been absent since October last year in the UK, so not quite sure why the comments around it not selling well, as you couldn't order one for the last 6 months if you wanted one! Standard spec has gone up, along with the price..

G
Audi seam to have gone the bundle route with kit so for every one option you want you pay for two you don't ...
Yup ! Bundled the RS3 to death. Every option you do want, with every option you don't. No thanks.

Gio G

Original Poster:

2,018 posts

151 months

Tuesday 11th June
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B17NNS said:
You can blame WLTP for that. Can't help thinking that manufacturers are taking advantage of it though by bundling tat you don't want or need with stuff you do.
I think you raise a great point. WLTP is just limiting options now for the manufacturers. I suspect there are drivers that didn't want the 20" alloys and preferred 19" for a better ride and many people do not want a panoramic sunroof.. Audi probably now only now need one variant of the car to test for WLTP, rather than lots of different permutations of all of extras.. Sad as the consumer loses out for choice..

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Beefmeister

15,322 posts

172 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Gio G said:
B17NNS said:
You can blame WLTP for that. Can't help thinking that manufacturers are taking advantage of it though by bundling tat you don't want or need with stuff you do.
I think you raise a great point. WLTP is just limiting options now for the manufacturers. I suspect there are drivers that didn't want the 20" alloys and preferred 19" for a better ride and many people do not want a panoramic sunroof.. Audi probably now only now need one variant of the car to test for WLTP, rather than lots of different permutations of all of extras.. Sad as the consumer loses out for choice..

G
Spot on. Every variant and major configuration option has to be fully WLTP tested now, hence why we now see most manufacturers have a greatly reduced offering with more bundles. Mini are a good example with the Cooper S Classis, Sport, Exclusive etc.

Dale487

958 posts

65 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Gio G said:
B17NNS said:
You can blame WLTP for that. Can't help thinking that manufacturers are taking advantage of it though by bundling tat you don't want or need with stuff you do.
I think you raise a great point. WLTP is just limiting options now for the manufacturers. I suspect there are drivers that didn't want the 20" alloys and preferred 19" for a better ride and many people do not want a panoramic sunroof.. Audi probably now only now need one variant of the car to test for WLTP, rather than lots of different permutations of all of extras.. Sad as the consumer loses out for choice..

G
SEAT have scrapped options too - I get that if there's a particular item you want it can mean having to go up numerous model grades to get it paying thousands more on list, when it would have only been a couple of hundred pounds as an option.

But as someone buying second hand you know exactly what you're getting on each model & don't have to hunt down a unicorn with your chosen spec or settle for an imperfect spec.

Dave Hedgehog

10,246 posts

146 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Shiv_P said:
The V6 is just a bit muted, inside they sound pretty good - better than F8x M3/M4
is it playing engine sound through the speakers like the bimmer?

urquattroGus

1,046 posts

132 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Yawn. Giulia, C63 or upcoming M3 for me...

Kuji

596 posts

64 months

Tuesday 11th June
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urquattroGus said:
Yawn. Giulia, C63 or upcoming M3 for me...
Come back when somebody cares and let us know what winter tyres you bought and who you bored senseless with the story.

urquattroGus

1,046 posts

132 months

Tuesday 11th June
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I'm baaaaack!

TomScrut

2,503 posts

30 months

Tuesday 11th June
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I do think it's a shame they made the black pack compulsory though, I always preferred the aluminium trims to the glossy black plastic.

Anyway I won't be buying one regardless unless I win the lottery so maybe I aren't the target audience!

HighwayStar

2,318 posts

86 months

Tuesday 11th June
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Kuji said:
urquattroGus said:
Yawn. Giulia, C63 or upcoming M3 for me...
Come back when somebody cares and let us know what winter tyres you bought and who you bored senseless with the story.
Wow... so touchy...
You’re a bit off the pace... the next M3/4 will be offered in RWD and xDrive, plus a M4 Grand Coupe. The C63 is rumoured to be going 4WD too.... nothing for you no moan about really eh wink

Kuji

596 posts

64 months

Wednesday
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HighwayStar said:
Kuji said:
urquattroGus said:
Yawn. Giulia, C63 or upcoming M3 for me...
Come back when somebody cares and let us know what winter tyres you bought and who you bored senseless with the story.
Wow... so touchy...
You’re a bit off the pace... the next M3/4 will be offered in RWD and xDrive, plus a M4 Grand Coupe. The C63 is rumoured to be going 4WD too.... nothing for you no moan about really eh wink
Firstly, I wasn't the one so disinterested in the story that I faked a yawn..

Secondly, I wish you well on the relevant C63 and M4 threads and can assure you I wont spam them with stories about how you were clearly an idiot for not buying a spare set of wheel and winter tyres from new, or how I will be buying the latest Tesla or MacLaren.

Edited by Kuji on Wednesday 12th June 08:17

Gio G

Original Poster:

2,018 posts

151 months

Wednesday
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TomScrut said:
I do think it's a shame they made the black pack compulsory though, I always preferred the aluminium trims to the glossy black plastic.

Anyway I won't be buying one regardless unless I win the lottery so maybe I aren't the target audience!
I think black styling pack is a must on some of the colours, as the aluminium does not look quite right and actually makes the front of the car look very different.. It looks like they have also included black badges for back and rear..

G

TomScrut

2,503 posts

30 months

Wednesday
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Gio G said:
TomScrut said:
I do think it's a shame they made the black pack compulsory though, I always preferred the aluminium trims to the glossy black plastic.

Anyway I won't be buying one regardless unless I win the lottery so maybe I aren't the target audience!
I think black styling pack is a must on some of the colours, as the aluminium does not look quite right and actually makes the front of the car look very different.. It looks like they have also included black badges for back and rear..

G
I think given the cost of the car there should be a choice like there used to be, that's all I am getting at. It's black or black now.