Driven: 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback

2021 Audi RS5 Sportback Ascari hero

Sleek and seriously potent, the Audi RS 5 Sportback’s melodious roar makes a strong case for petrol

They say combustion cars will soon be dead. But the 444bhp Audi RS 5 Sportback is very much alive, even in the US where buyers clamour for SUVs and carmakers are dropping saloons from their lineups for lack of interest. With its sleek silhouette and four-door practicality, the RS 5 shines as a rare exception on the road.

Using Audi’s formula for its performance models, the RS5 Sportback is derived from the A5 of the same body style, with more aggressive design cues and sportier cockpit, with a unique colour and materials palette. Audi skipped the 2020 model year and returns for 2021 with a refresh that includes a stretched and flattened version of its signature singleframe grille with a new honeycomb pattern that looks both more aggressive and elegant.

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