The accession of the Audi A7 in the U.S. is about a given, advised to aperture in – predictably – amid the A6 and all-new A8, while assuredly accouterment Audi with a Mercedes-Benz CLS competitor. But what of the A5 Sportback?
According to our sources, the success of the A7 will comedy a key role in Audi's accommodation to acceptation the A5 Sportback into the States. If the A7 is able-bodied received, the Sportback could be slotted in as a abate another to the beyond A7 and its abutting competitor, the CLS. We haven't been accustomed a timeline on back the A7 could arrive, but with the European barrage accident aboriginal abutting year, a Stateside admission in 2011 isn't out of the question.
Audi's artefact amplification isn't aloof bound to new models, but includes the connected admeasurement of accessible drivetrains. To that end, a diesel-powered A8 should access in the U.S. ancient abutting year.
When the A8 goes on auction this November, both the accepted and long-wheelbase versions will barrage simultaneously, anniversary packing Audi's 450 application 4.2-liter FSI V8. The 500-hp W12, however, won't be an advantage on the A8L until the aboriginal division of 2011. If Audi decides to accouter the A8 with a diesel, apprehend the aforementioned 3.0-liter V6 TDI adapted to the active Q7, outputting about 225 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque.