New Audi A5 And S5 Coupé Revealed In Germany
Audi's prestigious coupé refreshed for 2016 with new styling, engines, chassis, steering and virtual cockpit.
A5 & S5 range builds on strengths of predecessor
The New Audi A5 and S5 Coupé have been revealed at a world premier in Germany and UK motorists can order toward the end of summer 2016. Audi's plan is to launch a prestigious, elegant and sophisticated range that improves on its popular, big selling, predecessor. Expect more evolution than revolution, in other words.
This is evident from the styling that is “modern and honed”, yet has the “elegant character” of the outgoing range, Audi said. The manufacturer emphasised the wave-shape shoulder line, pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, long bonnet, short overhangs and single-frame grille. The result is a “muscular” look”, Audi argued.
Engines, performance and efficiency
The New, 2016, A5 Coupé range incorporates 5 engines: 2 TFSI (petrol) and 3 TDI (diesel). Displacement ranges from 2.0 to 3.0-litres and power from 190PS to 286PS. The motor manufacturer explained: “Compared with the previous model range, they offer up to 17% more performance while consuming as much as 22% less fuel.”
New S5 Coupé power comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre, TFSI, 354PS petrol engine that is 21PS more powerful than its predecessor. Expect 0 - 62mph in 4.7 seconds, 500Nm of torque, 8-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel-drive. A5 variants come with front or 4-wheel-drive; and either 6-speed manual or a 7/8-speed auto gearbox.
Chassis and steering
The chassis “offers the driver optimal comfort combined with a high degree of agility”, Audi argued. Furthermore, Audi Drive Select enables motorists to tweak the feel of the suspension based on the conditions (optional). It complements the optional dynamic steering which varies its gear ratios depending on speed and steering angle.
At motorway speeds, dynamic steering favours a more indirect ratio to minimise nervousness and improve straight-line directional stability, the manufacturer explained. But when the vehicle is travelling at low/medium speeds on twisting roads, a more direct ratio is favoured to increase precision and speed-up any responses.
Lighter and more spacious
The New A5 and S5 range is lighter than its predecessor; by up to 60kg. Audi said the bodywork is “the lightest in a competitive field” thanks to the “intelligent mix of materials”. Aerodynamic drag co-efficiency improves to 0.25 making it the “segment leader”.
Audi said the cabin provides more space for passengers and is almost as quiet as a luxury model. Cargo capacity is 465-litres which is 10-litres higher than previously. Furthermore, the rear bench splits 40/20/40 – and can be lowered via leavers in the boot - and a kick motion under the bumper opens the tailgate (optional).
The Audi Virtual Cockpit is optionally available too. It incorporates a 12.3” interface that replaces the traditional instrument cluster. Operation comes via buttons on the steering wheel. It enables motorists to view a wide range of information – including speed, of course – and control functions such as sat-nav.
Prices & release date
Prices for the Audi A5 are yet to be confirmed, but are widely expected to start from around the £30,000 mark. For the S5, expect the price to climb to around £45,000. UK sales are due to begin in November 2016.