What happens when you take the outstanding S7, extract the very motive of its greatness, and create a cheaper model without losing direction? Probably, you will get the new 2018 S5 Sportback.
This beautifully-made high-performance sedan will hit the U.S. market by next year, offering top-notch comfort, lavishness, and great power. The beautiful design on the 2018 S5 Sportback can easily compete with the greatest rivals in its segment: The Mercedes-AMG C43 and the BMW 440i xDrive Gran Coupe.
Both models enjoy their own set of marvels but it seems like this Audi is going to spoil their sales in a second. The format on the S7 has a proven success on international markets, also including the RS7 model, which takes power to the next level.
This same format is being used by the new S5, in a showdown of elegance and speed.
Specs and Technical Details
The 2018 S5 Sportback will feature a turbocharged intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-litre V6 powerplant with direct fuel injection and aluminum block and heads. This engine will be capable of delivering up to 354 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 369 lb-ft of maximum torque at 1370 rpm.
Unfortunately, this remarkable vehicle will only have the option of an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. No manual gearbox for those willing to live the experience.
This is an odd change, mainly because previous models did enjoy manual transmission and even a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Nevertheless, the 8-speed automatic transmission will provide an outstanding acceleration: from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and from zero to 100 mph in 11.1 seconds. The top speed will be limited to 155 mph (249 km/h).
The 2018 S5 Sportback will feature the Quattro All-Wheel-Drive system as standard along with the Sport Differential that provides an impressive torque experience, improving high-speed cornering and overall performance.
With 3850 pounds (1746 kilograms) of curb weight and a mid-sized V6, the 2018 S5 Sportback can still deliver good numbers regarding fuel consumption. Estimates are around 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Renovated Looks and Comfort
The main novelty about the 2018 S5 Sportback is about its form. The classic coupe format was mixed up with the hatchback practicability, increasing utility while delivering a stunning, sexy feeling of sportiveness.
This beautiful vehicle looks good from every angle. The front fascia follows the modern Audi’s concept of edgier lines and violent cuts. The whole combo delivers a tough sensation, despite this isn’t a high-end performance vehicle. From a side, the coupe styling is quite oblivious, ending with a hatchback-tail that characterizes the concept.
The interior will offer all the amenities and comforts that Audi is used to. Options will be abundant and luxury isn’t something that will lack in any form. As usual for German sedans, the 2018 S5 Sportback will provide both comfort and lavishness in the cabin.
The Bottom Line
The renovation of the S5 Sportback as a 2018 model become the right movement from Audi to boost sales. The modifications aren’t simple changes but massive improvements that aim to increase sportiveness and utility at the same time.
The base price will be around US$56,000.