Who's Got Questions About The Audi RS 5 Sportback?

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I’ve only driven the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback a few miles around the neighborhood but this car has already taught me a lot. Rather than scoop my own review with some half-baked pontification, I figured I’d check in with the commentariat first to see if there’s anything specific you’d like to dig into.

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Baseline info: this lists at $74,200 but our Navarra Blue Metallic test car is optioned to just shy of $100,000 with a pretty impressive raft of performance upgrades and decorative carbon fiber.

Output claims are 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque from a 2.9-liter TFSI biturbo V6. With its eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the car’s supposed to be able to go 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and zoom on to a top speed of 174 mph.

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I’ve also noticed it’s difficult to photograph, even when it’s sitting still. All its cool creases and lines keep getting muddled with reflections unless I park it under stark sunlight and heavy filters. Hence, the oddly inelegant profile shot up top here.

Anyway, let me know what aspects you’d like some firsthand impressions on.

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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I think the big question for me is: Worth the upgrade over the S5 Sportback?  Seems like the S5 is about 90% of the car for 3/4 the price...