The all-new 2017 Audi A5 and 2017 Audi s5 have been launched at an event in Germany, ahead of an Australian debut set for the first half of next year.
As expected, the second-generation A5’s styling follows an evolutionary path. But, as with its sibling the 2016 A4, Audi’s mid-sized coupe is hiding an all-new architecture.
For this new generation, the the A5 is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB component set for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinal engines. The new A5 measures 4.67 metres long and stands 1.37m tall.
While both the new and old A5 coupes have a chiselled shoulder line down the flanks, Audi has given it even more prominence this time around with a subtle false vent, and bulges at the front and rear that serve to highlight the wheel arches.
Although the front and rear ends bear a close similarity to the A4, they are, in fact, completely unique. For example, the A5 has more rectangular headlights without the A4’s lightning bolt motif, while the bonnet is flatter and features extra rib lines.
Audi says that the A5’s body has a coefficient of drag of 0.25 and weighs 60 kilograms less than the old model’s body.
Unlike the exterior, the interior design is largely borrowed from the new A4.
Standard features include electro-mechanical power steering, xenon headlights, LED driving lights and tail-lights, an MMI infotainment system with a 7.0-inch screen, and a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel.
Top-spec models are fitted with a 12.3-inch high-resolution virtual cockpit display ahead of the driver, and an MMI infotainment system with an 8.3-inch screen in the middle of the dashboard. A Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system is an optional extra.
Available safety tech includes lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, rear cross traffic alert, automated emergency braking, and road sign recognition.
The boot is rated at 465 litres, up 10 litres from the first-gen model, and is available with a gesture-controlled opening mechanism. Cargo carrying space can be increased if the 40/20/40 rear seat is folded down.
At launch, at least in Germany, the A5 coupe will be available with five turbocharged engines stretching from 140kW to 210kW, including two petrol motors and three diesel ones.
Depending on the engine, buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or an eight-speed automatic, as well as front- and all-wheel-drive.
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Sitting at the top of the A5 range is the new S5, which has a 260kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 under the bonnet.
With a standard all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic, the S5 is capable of completing the 0-100km/h run in 4.7 seconds.
The Audi A5 will go on sale across Europe from the third quarter of 2016, and will enter Australian showrooms during the first half of 2017.