New A5 showcases Audi’s expertise in design and engineering
Clever re-sculpting and significant re-engineering will enable new generation Audi A5 and S5 Sportback, Coupe and Cabriolet models to slip even more elegantly, more nimbly and more cleanly through the air.
The Xenon lights with LED daytime running lights, the A5’s signature iconic design feature have been artistically altered to reflect the newest Audi evolution of this innovative system. Beyond their measured exterior and interior styling updates, infotainment technology advances and chassis modifications, the three ranges are also characterised by CO2 emission reductions of up to 22 per cent thanks to new and heavily revised engines and additional efficiency measures.
Irish orders for the new A5 and S5 models, which will be priced from €39,335 OTR, can be taken from September, ahead of first deliveries in the important January 2012 sales period.
Both in Ireland and worldwide, the Audi A5 has been market leader in its class since its launch in 2007 and the key objective in updating the three ranges was to deliver major gains in efficiency without compromising on the performance that fulfils the promise in the taut and muscular lines of the A5. This has been achieved primarily by introducing two new engines and completely redesigning others.
The entry level 1.8-litre TFSI unit, which will be available across the ranges, has been completely redesigned. It features ground-breaking innovations in many areas, including control of the valves and their lift, thermal management, fuel injection, turbocharging and the integration of the exhaust manifold. With power increased from 160PS to 170PS, it effectively replaces the 180PS version of the four-cylinder 2.0-litre TFSI engine, and in the A5 Coupe combines best-in-class 49.6mpg economy potential with a 21 per cent reduction in Co2 output to 134g/km Co2.
For the bigger selling TDI versions, Audi can call on the current diesel line up in the newly launched A6 model and make it available in the new A5 range.
The top models in the series – the S5 as Sportback, Coupé and Cabriolet – have also been refreshed. All S5 models, including the Coupé, are now equipped with the 3.0 TFSI V6 producing 333 hp. Compared to the 4.2-liter V8 it replaces in the Coupé, the supercharged V6 consumes on average 20 percent less fuel per 100 kilometres. Average fuel consumption is just 8.1 litres while performance remains impressive. The S5 Coupé can power to 100 km/h from rest in 4.9 seconds – a 0.2-second improvement over its V8-powered predecessor – on the way to a governed 250km/h top speed.
All three variants cut more of a dash visually too, thanks to gentle re-shaping of the bumpers, grilles, bonnets and front and rear light clusters which brings the A5 look subtly into line with the very latest Audi design language. Inside, the new A5 sees improvements to what was already viewed as a best in class interior. Among the detail changes to the premium quality cabin are new steering wheels, including an option for a flat-bottomed wheel, new steering column stalks and narrow chrome clasps framing the control elements. Also updated are the ignition key, the selector lever for the automatic transmission, the buttons for the optional Audi drive select system and seat heating/ventilation and the air conditioning and multifunction steering wheel controls. The bezels on the instrument cluster and centre console have a new finish, and there is also a new selection of upholstery and inlay options.
Availability of the quattro rear sports differential, which further enhances agility and adjustability by enabling torque to be apportioned between the rear wheels, also now extends to all quattro-equipped models in the latest ranges. With or without the quattro advantage the latest A5 models will cover ground even more effectively thanks to revisions to the predominantly aluminium lightweight suspension, and most notably to the damper settings and rear suspension bearings.
All versions of the A5 are now available to order in a new S Line offering. Featuring full S Line sports and exterior packages as well as Xenon Lights and S Line sports seats with Leather / Alcantara, the S Line package further enhances an already attractive offering for a premium of just €2,500 over the SE versions.
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