The new year is sure to bring a lot of exciting developments, but one sure thing we can definitely look forward to? An all-new Audi RS 5 Sportback. And we’re all ready and waiting to see if the all-new RS 5 Audi Sportback will recapture some of that former Audi Sport Quattro rally glory. For 2018, we’ll be saying hello to the first four-door RS 5 Sportback, and goodbye to the RS 5 cabriolet, but Audi RS fans should rejoice when they get a look at what’s changed under the hood.
That said we’ll also be saying goodbye to the screaming V-8, as the all-new Sportback will be powered by a 2.9-liter twin turbocharged V-6, and power will get to the ground via an eight-speed automatic. The 444 horsepower and 443 pound feet of torque makes this engine stand out, and power to each of the four wheels can be manipulated by the torque vectoring rear sport differential through Audi Drive Select. It’s a torque that’s been described as starting at the low end and not letting up. That’s both more practical for everyday use and fun, so we’re going to call it a win.
Unfortunately, the US won’t get the five-door 2018 Audi RS5 Sportback, thanks to our country’s weird aversion to wagons. And we also won’t get the carbon fiber roof Europeans will enjoy, thanks to US safety regulations. Speaking of safety, the Audi RS5 Sportback is supposed to go from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, which will keep you safe from any egos you might encounter while bench racing at the water cooler.
Of course, the current model year brings a few package upgrades. The RS Driver Assistance package throws in a head-up display, adaptive cruise, traffic sign recognition and an upgraded top view camera system. Most notably, the Dynamic Plus package, gets you an increased speed capacity—from 155 to 174 mph—and fortunately, comes with beefy ceramic front brakes.
If you can’t be there at the exact time the all-new Audi RS 5 Sportback models roll onto lots, the next best thing you can do is get in touch with your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership, and get your place in line.