Audi has announced availability of the new 2010 Audi S5 Sportback in Australia, priced from $129,300 (manufacturer’s list price).
Joining the A5 Sportback, which was launched locally in January 2010, the S5 adds a number of additional features as well as a significant increase in performance.
Powered by a supercharged 3.0 litre V6, the new S5 Sportback quickly adds to the A5 Sportback's appeal of a coupe-like design with the utility of a five-door. It's also fast transport - but only for four.
The S5 model builds on the elegant liftback design of the A5 Sportback. Externally, the front diffuser and grille are unique to the S5, as are the sill strips, quad exhaust outlets and a lip spoiler.
The wing mirrors are heated and are finished in an 'aluminium look', matching the bright Xenon headlights and signature LED Daytime Running Lights. The S5 Sportback also features LED tail lights.
Standard 18x8.5-inch S-Design alloy wheels with 245/40R18 tyres complete the sports appearance, although wheels up to 20-inch are optional.
Brake calipers are painted black and feature the S5 logo. Overall, the S5 Sportback exudes classy, understated performance.
Inside, the S5 features Alcantara/leather sports seats up front, along with black or silver headlining and brushed aluminium inlays.
Although based on the A5 Sportback, the S5 bears reminders everywhere of its performance intentions, with ‘S5’ badges found on the door sill trims, key fob, steering wheel, instruments and also on the colour information screen when the car is started.
Heated front seats are available as an option, as is full leather trim in a range of colours and a choice of interior inlays including a fine-grained birch wood, carbon and a stainless steel mesh.
A leather, multi-function steering wheel is also standard, and features shift paddles for the S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.
Seating is limited to four occupants and boot space is listed at 480 litres, increasing to 980 litres with the rear seats folded.
The S5 Sportback has a comprehensive standard equipment list (with a list of options to match), including an auto-dimming rear vision mirror incorporating light and rain sensor.
There is also electric front seat adjustment (although memory function is an option), tyre pressure warning display and adaptive Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, tail lights and side repeater lamps. Front/rear parking assistance is standard.
Inside, the S5 features 3-zone climate control air conditioning, 7-inch colour screen with hard drive navigation system, voice control and Bluetooth handsfree.
The audio system features iPod connectivity, radio and CD/DVD player. The S5 has standard cruise control, however an adaptive cruise control system is also optional.
Without doubt the biggest advance over the standard car, mechanical upgrades considerably increase the performance and driver appeal of the S5 Sportback.
Power is provided by a 3.0 litre force-fed TFSI V6 engine, in this case by a mechanically-driven supercharger housed within the banks of the cylinder 'vee'.
The supercharger provides up to 0.8 bar of pressure, and forces the air through twin intercoolers, lowering the temperature of the intake charge for improved performance and efficiency.
Maximum power is quoted at 245kW from 5500-7000rpm, and peak torque of 440Nm on tap between 2900rpm and 5300rpm.
Premium 95 RON fuel is specified, however combined fuel efficiency is an impressive 9.4 l/100km, with emissions rated at 219 CO2 g/km. Acceleration figures for the 0-100km/h sprint are quoted at 5.4 seconds, on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
Both economy and performance are aided by thoughtful design, including aluminium front guards and on-demand engine oil and power steering fluid pumps.
The S5 Sportback also features an energy regeneration system that recovers kinetic energy through the alternator while coasting or braking, storing it temporarily in the battery. This also helps to improve fuel efficiency, reducing the load on the engine-drive alternator.
Power is put to the ground by Audi’s renowned quattro All-Wheel-Drive system, running through an S-tronic 7 speed, dual-clutch transmission.
Drive is slightly biased to the rear for a more sporting feel. Further to the standard Quattro system, a Sport Differential is optional, and distributes drive between the rear wheels in continuously variable proportions.
Similar in theory to Saab’s Cross Wheel Drive (XWD) system, when steering into or accelerating through a corner, the majority of available torque is sent to the outside rear wheel to push the car into the curve. This also helps to reduce understeer and oversteer.
The Sport Differential can be set between three fairly self explanatory modes: Comfort, Auto or Dynamic.
The 2010 Audi S5 Sportback is available now and is priced from $129,300 (Manufacturer’s List Price only).