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Overnight, our spy photographers have snapped the new Audi S5 coupe undergoing testing in Germany.

This comes just a day after our spies managed to snare the first images of the next-generation A5 coupe. Like the A5 coupe prototype that we featured yesterday, this S5 development vehicle is clad from top to bottom in swirly camouflage.

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The overall shape of the prototype is clearly very respectful of the current car, although we can see that the new car features larger headlights, a ridged character line down the side and prominent rear haunches.

Under the skin, the S5 and its A4/A5 brethren will use components from the MLB component set for longitudinal front- and all-wheel drive vehicles.

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A body that uses a selection of high-strength steel and aluminium should see the new car weigh around 100 kilograms less than the current-generation.

The current S5, as well as the related S4 sedan and wagon, has under its bonnet a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with 245kW of power and 440Nm of torque. This is tied to a Quattro all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In the S5, that’s good for a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds.

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Despite being less hefty than the current S5, rumours indicate that Audi does not want to be seen as going backwards in the power race. This will likely mean a maximum power rating for the new S5 of somewhere between 250 and 260 kilowatts.

The first models in the next-generation A5 range are expected to debut some time in 2016. The related A4 range will be unveiled later this year and will feature a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.




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