Audi has already unwrapped its shapely A5 Sportback, but the automaker is saving the more powerful version — the S5 Sportback — for the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">Like the forthcoming 2011 S5 Cabriolet, the new S5 Sportback adopts a considerable amount of the powertrain featured in the new 2010 A4 sedan. The same supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 lies underhood, and is rated at 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Audi’s famed Quattro all-wheel-drive system are standard, although performance junkies may prefer to opt for the sports differential, which can transfer torque during cornering to reduce understeer.
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">Audi expects to price the S5 Sportback at approximately €57,900 ($82,798), but like its A5 Sportback sibling, this model isn’t destined for the North American market.