2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive: Practically perfect

It’s not a coupe, and it’s not a sedan, but the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback absolutely is mesmerizing. Audi Sport’s latest blend of performance and luxury takes on the BMW 650i and the Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, not to mention putting the V8-powered Mercedes AMG C63 S sedan in its crosshairs, too. At this stage of the game it’s not enough to be simply fast, or pretty. You have to be distinctive.

Engine, Transmission, and Drivetrain

In the 2019 RS 5’s case, that starts with the engine. Under the sharply-creased hood there’s a 2.9-liter TFSI biturbo V6, producing 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.

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