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The next-generation Audi S5 Sportback has been caught testing in Germany this week.

Following the spy shots of the A5 coupe, cabriolet and Sportback models published over the past year, the S5 Sportback is yet another member of the next-generation family to be snapped on the road.

Like the regular A5 Sportback that was spotted just over a month ago, the new S5 Sportback’s styling won’t be a radical departure from the current generation, with an evolutionary design rather than revolutionary.

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The current S5 is powered by a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that produces 245kW of power and 440Nm of torque, which Audi claims is enough to propel the coupe from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

If the new S4 sedan and Avant (wagon) are any indication, the next-generation S5 will utilise a direct-injection turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, which produces 260kW and 500Nm in the S4 models.

Since the A5/S5 is the lifestyle-oriented companion to the A4/S4, sharing most of its underpinnings and drivetrains with its sedan and wagon siblings, it’s a safe bet that the new S5 will use the same powerplant.

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The new S4 also makes a departure from the old seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in favour of a new eight-speed tiptronic automatic, so it’s more than likely that the new S5 will send power to its quattro all-wheel drive system with the same self-shifter.

As previously reported, the new A5/S5 will shed a significant amount of weight, dropping around 100 kilograms thanks to the new Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform, which already underpins the new A4/S4 sedan and Avant along with the Q7 large SUV.

It’s expected that the first A5 models will be revealed sometime later this year, with the S5 following potentially in early 2017.

The new S4 sedan and Avant will arrive in Australia in late 2016, you can read about them here.

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