Following a teaser earlier this month, Audi has launched the S5 Sportback in India today. The 2021 Audi S5 Sportback has been priced at INR 79.06 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Following hot on the heels of the locally assembled BMW M340i (INR62.90 lakh) - of which it is a direct competitor - the Audi S5 Sportback in much more expensive on account of being a CBU. It also rivals the Mercedes-AMG C43 which is priced at INR 80.17 lakh* in India. This new S5 Sportback was globally debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, and while it is offered with six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines in international markets, the Audi S5 Sportback is a petrol-only model in India.
The S5 Sportback is based on the A5 sedan, which is already a very handsome looking car. Building on its sporty aesthetics, the S5 Sportback gets some visual upgrades over the standard sedan. It looks a lot sharper and aggressive, thanks to a wider grille and sportier bumpers that come finished with gloss black accents. It also get's Audi's signature funky LED headlamps and tail lamps that do a dance when you lock/unlock the car. Also, the large sporty looking alloy wheels and quad exhausts at the rear round off the looks.
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The interior, however, remain mostly unchanged from the standard A5 sedan. The only update on the inside is limited to the new 10.1-inch MMI infotainment system, which can only be controlled via touch inputs. The swivel wheel has been done away with and in its place, Audi has thrown in a couple of nifty cup holders. It also comes fitted with Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit system. There are also a few 'S' badges and carbon fiber trims to further spice things up. Some other feature highlights include Alcantara leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, powered front sport seats, ambient lighting and 3-zone climate control.
Under the hood, the Audi S5 Sportback will be powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 354hp and 500Nm. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with power being transferred to all four corners via Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system. The S5 Sportback can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 4.8 seconds and flat out, it will go on to hit an electronically limited top-speed of 250 kph. The S5 Sportback comes with S-Sport suspension with optional damper control feature with which you can adjust the damper's stiffness for enhanced driving experience.
Power on the S5 Sportback is distributed in a 40:60 ratio between the front and rear axles. The Quattro all-wheel drive also features a central locking differential. Compared to the BMW M340i, which is a proper four-door sedan, the S5 Sportback is a four-door coupe. Conversely, it's other rival, the Mercedes-AMG C43 , is a two-door coupe. While the Merc may justify its price tag for being a sporty two-door coupe, the S5 Sportback seems a little bit of a stretch when compared to the BMW M340i which is a whole INR 16 lakh cheaper. And perhaps more fun to drive too.
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