Nine years after it was first introduced in Europe as a sportier derivative of the A4 range, the Audi A5 Coupe has undergone both visual and mechanical transformation. Besides an all-new look, the second-gen A5 Coupe also gets a new platform that reduces weight by up to 60kg over its predecessor.
The new A5 Coupe sports the current Audi look. The sculpted single frame grille is flatter and wider than in the previous model. Audi is offering LED or Matrix LED headlights as optional extra.
The balanced proportions that comprise the long bonnet, the stretched wheelbase and short overhangs underscore the muscular stance of this new model.
Inside, the cabin benefits from the increased dimensions and longer wheelbase. The horizontal layout of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a wide sense of space.
Like all new high-end Audi models, the A5 gets the virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display as optional. Together with the 8-inch MMI navigation system, it forms the central information unit.
For discerning audiophiles, Audi is offering a high-end Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound as an option.
Audi has used lots of aluminium and high-strength steel to shed around 60kg of weight. That’s taking into account the added length of 45mm.
In the UK, two TFSI and three TDI units will be on offer. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 190bhp and 286bhp.
As for the high-performance S5, it gets a 3-litre TFSI turbo V6 with around 354bhp of power, which is 20bhp more than the engine in the previous model.
The turbo V6 and the 8-speed automatic gearbox allow the S5 to accelerate from 0-100kmph in 4.7sec. There’s also a 6-speed manual for the new A5 range.