Think of the pair as attractively restyled and slightly more upscale versions of the A4 and S4, the Audi equivalent of the relationship between the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe and the 3-series. In the U.S., the A5 Sportback will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque; the S5 model packs a 3.0-liter turbo V-6 that produces 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. While the lesser version routes power through an excellent seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the more powerful S5 gets an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. No manual transmission will be offered here in either car; in this way, the S5 Sportback follows the example of the latest version of the new S4. Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard on all U.S. A5 and S5 Sportbacks.

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Audi Launches A5/S5 Sportback In The U.S. - Will They Steal The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe's Thunder?

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