Car News 3 Jun 2016

Audi unveil the new A5 and S5

The all-new second generation Audi A5 was revealed yesterday at the company’s Ingolstadt headquarters. The new model is lighter and faster than its predecessor.

The A5 and S5 have adopted a new lightweight platform, the same MLB used for the A4. The chassis has been updated to an aluminium and high strength steel combination, shaving 60kg off the weight. The new platform provides a wider track and longer wheelbase. The weight reductions and improved aerodynamics have impacted the handling, making it sharper and more responsive.

In terms of styling the exterior has minor changes; there is a wider, single-frame grille, longer bonnet and more prominent wheelhouses and shoulders. The edges of the body have been sharpened and the roof flattened to make the A5 more aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.25. The headlights and tail-lights have been redesigned and feature LED daytime running light graphics and dynamic blinkers.

The new A5 will be sold with 5 engine choices; three TDI turbodiesels and two TFSI turbo petrols. Four-wheel drive will be offered, featuring Audi’s new Quattro Ultra system.  Dependent on the engine there will be a choice of a six-speed manual transmission, a seven-speed S tronic and an eight-speed automatic. The power output across the range varies from the entry level 187bhp to the range-topping 282bhp variant.

Internally, the A5 has been given a series of tech updates. It will be offered with the latest version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display, Active Lane Assist, adaptive cruise control and a 12.3-inch TFT screen as standard. In the centre console is a separate 8.3-inch display screen with Audi’s Multi Media interface Plus infotainment system and MMI navigation plus. The infotainment system has LTE broadband connectivity and the car is compatible with Apple Car play and Android Auto. The A5 has a state of the art Bang and Olufsen sound system and features a wireless smartphone charging pad.

The new A5 and S5 will go on sale in November in the UK. Pricing is yet to be released, but entry level is expected to start at £30,000, rising to £45,000 for the range-topper.

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