The wheelbase of the A5 Sportback is identical to that of the A4, on which the A5 coupe is based. But the A5 Sportback will be lower and sleeker than the A4. It features historical references: “The side-window and rear treatments were inspired by the classic Audi 100 Coupe,” says Sielaff.
Engines will be taken from Audi’s parts bin and could theoretically stretch from efficient four-cylinder diesel engines up to high-performance V-8 models rated at well over 400 hp. We expect the A5 Sportback to be offered with a version of the 2.0-liter TFSI engine and the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 recently launched in the new S4 and refreshed A6 lineup. Europe will get four-cylinder and V-6 diesel options, too.
Audi remains tight-lipped on exact specifications and launch dates, but we believe the company could unveil the A5 Sportback as soon as the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. Look for the A5 Sportback at U.S. dealers in the 2010 calendar year as a 2011 model.
Source: Car and Driver