Type 3.0-litre V6 TFSI
Max power 354PS@5,400-6,400rpm
Max torque 500Nm@1,370-4,500rpm
Top speed 250kmph
Gearbox 8-speed tiptronic
LxWxH (mm) 4,765 x 1,845 x 1,390
Price 79.06 lakh (exshowroom)
Sharp looks, enthusiastic engine, engaging exhaust note Limited rear headroom, steering feel, dated interiors
Looking fast standing still is a phrase so overused that I can’t help roll my eyes every time I hear it. Yet I can’t help look at the Audi S5 Sportback and feel that it does indeed look fast standing still. In fact it looks so fast that Audi has refrained from giving this bright shade of blue any fancy pants name like Azure this or Regal that or Sublime this or Magnetic that. It has cut to the chase and simply called it Turbo Blue.
The S5 Sportback has been around for a few years now in pretty much this same shape. However a few cosmetic changes for this 2021 edition have really livened things up. The single-piece grille is the showstopper and a good lesson in how to do big grilles right. The honeycomb pattern matte black grille gets matte silver inserts and the air inlets get matte aluminium finished blade surrounds. You can also option the car in an all-black styling package, that deletes the chrome and brushed aluminium finishes.
The headlights are Matrix LEDs with adaptive illumination and dynamic turn signals, the swiping kinds that Audi pioneered.
The profile is dominated by 5-spoke 19-inch rims that replace the 18 inchers from the previous version and they’re running fat low-profile rubber too — 255 section Bridgestone Potenza’s with a 35 mm sidewall height. That’s a good statement of intent. Just not on peripheral Gurgaon roads, where I am driving this fine car. If you bring your good wheels here, they will end up taking a good beating. But bickering aside, this is a really stylish profile. The strong shoulder line brings out a lot of character and the fastback shape in this Audi series is a classic that remains immune to criticism. You can stand afar and look at it for a long time.
Now in the brochure Audi says, “a large rear spoiler accentuates the cars aesthetics even further,” but when you come around looking for the “large spoiler” what you find instead is… a lip spoiler. Lowered expectations notwithstanding, that’s a good thing. It nicely balances the fastback shape and combined with the sleek LED tail lights, the rear diffuser and the quad pipes, makes this one of the best looking behinds in the business.
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