Audi today revealed the second generation A5, the much anticipated follow-up to their most successful mid-size coupe ever. The new car comes with a lightly redesigned exterior and a choice of five engines that will get about 20% more horse power and 20% better fuel economy, says Audi.
The original A5 made a splash when it first came out in 2007 for its excellent design and performance. But after nearly ten years and 320,000 units sold, it’s time for a refresh.
The event, held in Ingolstadt, started with several coupes from Audi’s past, including the Sport Quattro, the TT, the original A5, and the RS5 DTM, driven Mattias Ekstrom. The coupes served as a way to show Audi’s rich history in the segment.
Then, the new A5 and S5 drove into the Audi Plaza.
Audi’s Dietmar Voggenreiter and Stefan Knirsch spoke about the car’s new features, which amounts to more of just about everything. The car is bigger, has more standard spec, is more luxurious, has more torsional rigidity, gives more feedback through the steering wheel, the suspension is stiffer and more comfortable (thanks to selectable damper control), and it comes with the new virtual cockpit.
The centerpiece, though, is the new turbocharged V6 engine in the S5. It comes with 354hp and 368 lb-ft of torque and gets the S5 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The A5, meanwhile, with two TFSI and three TDI units. Power for these ranges from 190 hp to 286 hp and they consume up to 22% less fuel.
The A5 comes with a choice of manual six speed gearbox or a seven-speed S tronic for the four-pots, and an 8-speed tiptronic for the top diesel model and the S5. Both engines come standard with quattro all-wheel drive.
Both the A5 and the S5 keep the same basic design from the previous version, with the long hood, short tale, and slowly sloping roof line. The new model, though features sharper lines and is more in line with modern Audi design language (i.e. the big grille and their great, modern lights).
The car will also come with Audi’s new SIM card, which the company says, effectively turns the car into a big, rolling smart phone that has a stable internet connection across Europe (sorry Amerikanische).
Both the A5 and the S5 will hit showrooms this fall and Audi will start taking orders (in Europe, anyway) in July.