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Audi A5 Sportback preview (w/ Video)

Wed, 17 Jun 2009

Audi has revealed a teaser image and sketch of the forthcoming A5 Sportback, which is scheduled to make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Though the core design of the production car is similar to the Sportback show car unveiled at the NAIAS in Detroit at the start of this year, it will be smaller in size.

Coined a 'five-door coupe' by the Ignolstadt-based automaker, the Sportback features a spoiler lip and a diffuser insert integrated into its elongated rear end. Audi claims the coupe-like silhouette is the result of the long, tapering roofline (which is 36mm lower than that of the A4 sedan's) combined with a 2810mm wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. The frameless doors and slender DLO also contribute to the sense of occasion and elegance, while the hatchback design is emblematic of the vehicle's functionality.

Wolfgang Egger, Audi Group Head of Design, talks us through the design elements of the new car in the video to the left.

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