Crossover vehicles are still very popular. Besides softroaders, particularly 4-door coupes
are hip and hot. Audi have already presented the SUV Q5 and will bring out an A7 to compete with other flat
sedans of renowned European brands. Ano-
ther project - one which had attracted a little less attention
in the public - is the A5 Sportback.
Despite of its label, by its understructure it's rather a fastback derivation of the A4
than an A5. However, it will get the front end and possibly also the tail lights of the latter.
With the A3, the name Sportback is used
for a very different type of car which is why it seems a bit misleading here. Engine range
will be that of the A5 too.
Meaning the S-model is going to be driven by a 354hp 8-cylinder and not by the A4's charged 6-pot
aggregate. Also the new 290hp charged V6 will be mounted to the A5 Sportback.
Inglostadt call this model 3.0 TFSI - although it has got a compressor, and no turbo charger! Launch date of the
niche car is summer 2009, yet before Audi's bigger 4-door coupe
A7 comes out!