It doesn’t feel like it, but it has been nine long years since Audi pulled the covers off the svelte A5 coupé. And today, Audi has just debuted the all-new A5 Coupé at a light show at the Audi Forum, Ingolstadt. Audi says this second-generation A5 combines an exterior that is athletic with a graceful interior that is sophisticated and bristling with tech, sitting on a brand new chassis.
Improved Engines, Drivetrains and Chassis
The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch with five engines; two TFSI and three TDI units, each developing between 140 kW (190 hp) to 210 kW (286 hp) and representing a performance increase of up to 17 percent, whilst also consuming up to 22 percent less fuel. These engines are also mated with drivetrain solutions tailor-made for each engine variant.
The manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 160 kW (218 hp) 3.0 TDI, which can be specced with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top spec petrol and diesel engine Audi A5 Coupés. Of special note is the new Audi S5 Coupé, which introduces a newly developed 3.0 TFSI V6 engine developing 260kW (354 hp) for a performance in a league of its own, rocketing from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds. Worth noting that it is unlikely the Malaysian market will see any diesel variants.
As with all Audi vehicles, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes as standard, allowing the customization of engine and drivetrain settings to suit the driver’s personal preferences.
Revolution on the inside
On the inside, the new A5 benefits from increased dimensions for drivers and passengers, thanks to a longer wheelbase. We’ve seen the quality of interior from the current crop of cars available for sale, and the same can be expected from the new car.
The luggage compartment offers a volume of 465 liters (16.4 cu ft), 10 liters (0.4 cu ft) more than with the previous model. The rear seat has a 40:20:40 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. Audi also offers the two-door coupé with optional gesture control for opening the luggage compartment lid via a foot motion. The optional trailer hitch is electrically released at the press of a button.
Moving to the driver’s seat, the new Audi A5 Coupé is now available for the first time with the optional Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels. Together with the MMI navigation plus including 8.3-inch monitor on the center console, it forms the central information unit. Customers choosing MMI navigation plus automatically also get the hardware module Audi connect and the new Audi connect SIM, a SIM card permanently installed in the car.
With the Audi smartphone interface, Apple Car Play and Android Auto bring the familiar smartphone environment to the car, if desired. The optional Audi phone box with wireless charging in the center armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle’s antenna and enables inductive charging according to the Qi standard. For very discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen sound system with its innovative 3D sound is available as an option.
An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances the safety, comfort and efficiency of the new Audi A5 Coupé. At the same time, Audi is also taking the next step toward piloted driving with a broad choice of innovative driver assistance systems defining the standards in the segment. Compared with the previous model, nearly all of the systems are either completely new or have been extensively updated.
The predictive efficiency assistant helps the driver save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps keep the car on track in the driving lane, and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist offers the driver relief in slow-moving traffic. New and important safety features include the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre sense systems. Camera-based recognition of traffic signs rounds out the lineup.
The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in Germany and additional European countries in Fall of 2016. Expect Malaysian deliveries to be some six to nine months from this date. Compared with the previous model, the list of standard equipment is even more generous. Among the features included are xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, LED interior lights, the Audi MMI radio plus with 7-inch MMI color display, Bluetooth and USB charging function, the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel (including shift paddles in models with automatic transmission), height-adjustable belt feeds, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and Audi pre sense city.
For further information about the Audi A5 and Audi S5 Coupé visit the online magazine “Audi A5 illustrated” at www.audi-illustrated.com/en/audi-a5-s5.