There’s no question, The Audi A5 Coupe is one of the sexiest mid-size cars on the road today. But the car is getting a little long in the tooth, having been introduced back in 2007, and receiving a mild, barely noticeable facelift in 2012. Since then, both BMW and Mercedes have introduced some gorgeous coupes that have surely stolen more than a few sales from Audi.
But with the introduction of the new 2017 Audi A5 Coupe today in Germany, Audi looks to turn that around. Why it took the company nine years to introduce a second generation A5 is anyone’s guess, but we’re just glad that they’ve finally done so. And with the stunning Mercedes C-Class Coupe just recently introduced, it could not have come at a better time.
As you can see from these photos, the new A5 trades in its elegant, rounded shape for one that’s a bit more fresh, modern and honed, taking a cue from the recently redesigned A4. Its flowing silhouette, sharp lines and muscular surfaces make a strong statement.
The new Audi A5 Coupe will launch in Germany with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 190HP and 286HP. Compared to the previous model, they offer up to 17% more performance while consuming as much as 22% 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 and delivers a whopping 354HP (21HP more than the outgoing model), propelling the car from 0-60 in a scant 4.7 seconds.
The new Audi A5 Coupe comes with a drivetrain solution tailor-made for each engine variant. The manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 218HP 3.0 TDI with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 286HP and the S5 engine. Both engines come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi also offers the optional rear-axle sport differential for even more dynamic driving and precision.
The all-new chassis is among the strengths of the Audi A5 Coupe. It offers drivers optimal comfort combined with a high degree of agility. The A5 thus handles narrow, winding mountain roads and long trips on the Autobahn with equal aplomb. Audi offers a suspension with damper control as an option. This is integrated into the dynamic handling system known as Audi drive select, which enables the driver to modify the basic characteristic in multiple steps.
The Audi A5 Coupe is significantly more efficient than its predecessor. This is due in large part to a reduction in weight as well as sophisticated aerodynamics. The engineers were able to trim the curb weight by as much as 132.3 pounds. The body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, the A5 Coupe is also the segment leader with respect to aerodynamics.
The interior benefits from the increased dimensions and longer wheelbase. Space for driver and passengers is more generous. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a wide sense of space.
As is typical for Audi, interior build quality is uncompromisingly high. High-quality materials in a wide range of colors provide for a particularly pleasant ambiance and underscore the premium character of the mid-sized model. Optional ambient lighting highlights the interior with a choice of 30 adjustable shades. The new A5 Coupe also redefines the class benchmark for aeroacoustics. The acoustic comfort is almost that of a luxury class model.
Sadly, the next-generation Audi A5 won’t be making it’s way to the US until next year (as a 2018 model). But on the bright side, that gives you some extra time to save up.