Nine years after it first cut a dash and subsequently established itself as a modern-day Audi design icon, the Audi A5 Coupé has undergone both a technological transformation and an artfully crafted styling evolution that brings it up to date and introduces a fresh, contemporary look while still retaining the graceful presence and elegant character of the original.
Its beautifully flowing bodywork has been aerodynamically optimized 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 powerful TDI and TFSI engines and an even more advanced suite of infotainment and driver assistance systems that are at the cutting edge of Vorsprung durch Technik also converge on thenew Audi A5 Coupé.
Like the current A5, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder will serve as the base engine, but will probably get a similar power bump as the A4 – Audi hasn’t released official figures yet. The four-door had its base output bumped from 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
The S5 is a more interesting proposition than the S4. Where the sedan’s 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 remains at 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, the S5’s six-cylinder has been bumped to 354 horsepower. Torque figures aren’t available yet, but we’d bet on at least a small increase in torque. Still, the increase in power is good for a 4.7-second run to 62 miles per hour, a 0.2-second improvement over the current car’s 0-60 time.
The A5 will launch in European markets this fall. We’re betting it will appear at US Audi dealers a few months later, although early 2017 isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
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