Audi has launched the S5 Sportback in India, priced at Rs 79.06 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Bookings for the S5 Sportback have begun via Audi dealerships across India, and customers can also head to the official website to experience the S5 Sportback in augmented reality.

Audi S5 Sportback

Under the hood of the Audi S5 Sportback is a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 TFSI petrol engine that puts out 349bhp and 500Nm of torque mated an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. As standard, the S5 is offered with the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a self-locking centre differential splitting the torque in a ratio of 40:60 between the front and rear axle. As an option, the standard suspension can be upgraded to S Sports Suspension with damper control. Audi claims a 0 to 100km/h time of 4.8 seconds and keeps on accelerating until it hits its limited top speed of 250km/h.

Audi has made some subtle exterior design changes. The large and iconic Audi grille is now flatter with slits above, S model bumpers with larger air intakes and a slick blade that forms the lower edge of the front bumper and a tweaked rear diffuser. The S5 also comes with a 19-inch S style graphite grey alloys along with optional red brake callipers. On the inside, it is offered with leather/alcantara covered electrically adjustable front sports seats with driver-side memory are standard. The illuminated door sill strips, the sport leather flat-bottom steering wheel and the clasp on the tiptronic selector lever bear the S logo with a red rhombus.

Audi S5 Sportback

The S5 Sportback doesn’t skim out on features and is loaded with tech such as the 12.2-inch fully digital instrument cluster with three customizable view modes: Sport, S performance & Dynamic. A 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with in-builtnavigation and smartphone connectivity. Customers can also upgrade to the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound system with a 3D sound with 19 speakers with a maximum output of 755W.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India, said, “The Audi S5 Sportback is the second product launch this year, and we are excited to launch this beauty in India. The Audi S5 Sportback stands out for its distinctive styling and engaging driving experience on one hand and everyday usability and five-seat comfort on the other. Glamorous, powerful and practical, it is an enticing proposition for buyers who want it all. The introduction of the Audi S5 Sportback will further strengthen our performance cars portfolio in the country.

The Audi S5 Sportback faces some tough competition from the recently launched BMW M340i, priced at 62.90 lakh (ex-showroom). With the price difference of nearly 16 lakhs between the M340i and the S5 Sportback, Audi has a tough job trying to outsell the BMW M340i.

To read our review of the BMW M340i, click here.