Audi has finally taken the wraps off of the next-generation A5 coupe lineup. As predicted, the new A5 is not a revolutionary change, but undoubtedly a welcomed update to a car that has remained largely unchanged since it launched in 2007. The lack of change has hardly been an omission on Ingolstadt’s part – the A5 has garnered much fanfare over the years for its stunning design language.
At first glance, the new A5 isn’t deviating much from the old one. Audi is clearly playing it safe with this one. While all of the sheetmetal is new, the lines aren’t radically different from the previous one. Audi has basically tweaked everything just enough to bring the A5’s design language in line with the rest of the Audi lineup, which includes several design cues borrowed from the A4 sedan.
The new design rests atop an all-new chassis, which Audi claims is stronger than the outgoing model and offers a welcomed weight reduction of around 132-pounds. Audi engineers have also updated the car’s suspension and transitioned to electric power steering, with an optional variable ratio rack that will adapt to different driving modes.
Of course Audi has redesigned the entire A5 interior, taking advantage of increased interior space thanks to a longer wheelbase. Standard features include LED lighting, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Audi’s latest infotainment system is also in tow.
Audi has not formally announced this car for the North American market, so U.S. engines are still technically unknown. In Germany the car will launch with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 140 kW (190 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp). Compared with the previous model, they offer up to 17 percent more performance while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel. All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.
With its newly developed 3.0 TFSI, the Audi S5 Coupe is now in a league of its own. The turbo V6 exhibits highly efficient, sports car-like performance. From its 2,995 cc of displacement, the boosted six-cylinder engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) of power, which is 15 kW (21 hp) more than the engine in the previous model.
The four-cylinders will mate to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic, while the diesel will arrive with an eight-speed option.