Audi has unveiled the all-new A5 Coupé.
Undergoing both a technological transformation and styling evolution, the A5 Coupé’s new bodywork has been aerodynamically optimised to deliver a low drag coefficient of 0.25. Beneath the skin is a new platform that reduces weight by up to 60kg over the outgoing model, making it ‘significantly’ more efficient than its predecessor.
Featuring a long bonnet, stretched wheelbase and short overhangs for a ‘muscular presence’, the sculpted Singleframe grille is described as significantly flatter and wider than in the previous model, while the LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals mark the high-end technology found on the new model.
The new A5 Coupé will launch in the UK with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units, with power output increased across the range between 190PS and 286PS. Compared with the previous model, they offer up to 17 percent more performance while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel.
The 3.0 TDI (turbo V6) engine in the the Audi S5 Coupé exhibits a ‘highly efficient, sports car performance’ from its 2,995 cc of displacement. The boosted six-cylinder unit produces 354PS of power, which is 21PS more than the engine in the previous model for a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds.
The manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 218PS 3.0 TDI with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 286PS 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'.
New quattro with ultra technology is also available on the Audi A5 Coupé. At the moment it can be combined with the four-cylinder TFSI and TDI engines with manual transmission and is optimised for efficiency. The A5's all-new chassis, according to Audi, offers the driver ‘optimal comfort combined with a high degree of agility’.
On the inside, space for driver and passengers is more generous, says Audi and the interior build quality is ‘uncompromisingly high’. The luggage compartment offers a volume of 465 litres, 10 litres more than with the previous model. The rear seat has a 40:20:40 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. Audi also offers the two-door coupé with optional gesture control for opening the luggage compartment lid via a foot motion.
When 'Audi connect' is specified, a separate SIM card is permanently installed in the car with a flat rate data plan. The new Audi A5 Coupé uses this to connect to the Internet via the ultrafast LTE network.
The Audi connect safety & service package includes functions such as an automatic emergency call in the event of an accident, online roadside assistance and Audi service request as well as remote functions that can be used with the MMI connect app on a smartphone, smartwatch or – in conjunction with the fourth generation Apple TV – from a television.
Standard equipment includes xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, LED interior lights, the Audi MMI radio plus with 7-inch MMI colour display, Bluetooth and USB charging function, the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel (including shift paddles in models with automatic transmission), height-adjustable belt feeds, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and Audi pre sense city.
The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in the UK in winter 2016, with ordering expected to open towards the end of the summer.