Nine years after the launch of the first A5, Audi has unveiled an all-new version of its coupé model.
The bodywork has been aerodynamically optimised to deliver a drag coefficient of just 0.25, while beneath the skin is a new platform that reduces weight by up to 60kg over its predecessor. A range of TDI and TFSI engines and a more advanced suite of infotainment and driver assistance systems also make an appearance in the new A5.
The updated Audi A5 Coupé will launch in the UK with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units. Their power output has increased considerably. Audi says all of the engines combine high efficiency with impressive power and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.
A manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 215 bhp 3.0 TDI with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 282 bhp and the S5 engine. Both engines come standard with quattro all-wheel drive..
The new quattro with ultra technology can be combined with the four-cylinder TFSI and TDI engines with manual transmission.
The all-new chassis is among the features of the Audi A5 Coupé and offers a suspension with damper control as an option. A new electromechanical power steering setup adapts according to the vehicle’s current speed. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.
The luggage compartment offers a volume of 465 litres, 10 litres 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.
The 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 centre console, it forms the central information unit.
When Audi connect is specified, a separate SIM card is permanently installed in the car with a flat rate data plan. The new Audi A5 Coupé uses this to connect to the Internet via the ultrafast LTE network. Use of the versatile Audi connect services is complimentary for three months, and can be extended via a subscription beyond this period. There are no roaming charges when driving abroad.
Apple Car Play and Android Auto bring the smartphone environment to the car, if desired. The optional Audi phone box with wireless charging in the centre armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle’s antenna and enables inductive charging according to the Qi standard.
A Bang & Olufsen sound system with innovative 3D sound is available as an option.
The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in the UK in winter 2016. Compared with the previous model, the list of standard equipment is increased. 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 colour 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.