The Audi A5 made its debut almost a decade ago as the A4’s more stylish coupe sibling. As expected, the two shared a lot in common under the skin, just like BMW's 3-Series sedan and 4-Series coupe. When Audi unveiled its tech-filled fifth-gen A4 sedan last year, we knew it was only a matter of time before the German carmaker launched the accompanying coupe. That time is now.
Now on its second generation, the all-new A5 coupe takes the evolutionary route with its styling. This approach has sort of become a tradition for the Ingolstadt-based company, and it has definitely mastered the process. Like its A4 brother, the new A5 adopts a sharper, more refined appearance.
Up front is a still aggressive face that features a lower, wider and more angular single-frame grille, inspired by the one on the Prologue concept. It’s flanked by sleek LED headlights that are both functional and sophisticated. The creased hood with a slightly raised center hints at the more powerful engines that lie beneath.
Moving on to the sides, the more prominent curved creases emphasize more muscular front fenders and rear haunches. In spite of the extra creases and bulge, the new A5 is actually more aerodynamic than the outgoing model, with a drag coefficient of only 0.25.
Following the company trend, the new A5 adopts a cleaner, sportier and more elegant-looking interior than the model it's replacing. It combines classic lines with new tech like the Audi virtual cockpit--a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT display that takes the place of traditional analog gauges. Another 8.3-inch screen that houses Audi’s Multi Media Interface navigation system is located at the center of the dashboard. Not to be left behind, the smartphone interface is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
With an all-new platform, Audi was able to improve the new A5’s ride comfort and handling. Up to 60kg was shaved off the car's curb weight by utilizing lightweight materials for the body.
At launch, the new A5 will be available with two gasoline powerplants and three diesel engines, with power ratings that range from 190hp to 286hp. Even though these motors now make up to 17% more power, Audi claims that fuel efficiency has improved by an impressive 22%.
Sitting above the standard A5 range is the high-performance S5 variant, which boasts a new 3.0-liter TFSI V6 that produces 354hp--21hp more than the previous one. The S5 and the 286hp oil-burner get an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and standard Quattro AWD. Lower variants come with options of a six-speed manual or seven-speed S Tronic transmission, and front- or four-wheel drive.
The new A5 coupe goes on sale in Germany and other European markets in the fourth quarter of this year. That means it’s likely 2017 for us, and it should be worth the wait.