2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback First Drive: Adding Allure To The Audi Sport Lineup

We’re straddling the Czech border and the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is nearing the limit on the German autobahn, the cabin an absolute riotous concert of noise. We’re in Dynamic mode, the Tiptronic on the eighth and final gear, and the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 is hammering down, the Singleframe grille and honeycomb intakes sucking in the surrounding atmosphere, our four 275/30 20-inch summer performance wheels bear a new 5-arm flag design, but at the moment to anyone gazing our way, they’re furious blurs, four mini-tornados harnessed at each corner of the chassis.

Baby Got Back:

Far up ahead we register an incoming nuisance – an indistinct micro-machine of a wagon slowly merges into our lane – immediately my right foot crashes down on the brake, the gray calipers claw into the carbon-ceramic brakes, a sudden whoosh rips through the cabin, like a hawk flapping its outstretched wingspan down over us, the speed ripping off faster than it came on.

Look at it closely and you’ll notice the ingredients are familiar, but this cake is just a bit tastier. The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is here, and we’ve put it through its paces during two days of driving in Eastern Germany, and on Audi Sport’s own facility and test track in Neuburg. In the case of the Sportback, which is mechanically similar – near identical – to the RS 5 Coupe, it’s what’s different that ma...