Audi A5: Beauty, Power and Efficiency


The new Audi A5: Beauty, Power and Efficiency

  • Introducing the updated Audi A5 range including Audi S5 and Audi RS 5 Coupé
  • Two new engines: 2.0 TDI and 3.0 T (200kW) supercharged V6
  • Start-stop system and recuperation standard on all models
  • S5 Coupé now offered with a new 3.0T V6 245kW engine and S tronic transmission

Audi A5

Audi is updating the Audi A5 model series and new range is now available in South Africa. Advanced technologies are being added to the Sportback, Coupé, Cabriolet, S5 models and RS 5 in the areas of the engine, quattro drive and infotainment for even more efficiency, sportiness and intelligence. The A5 models are now more distinctive than ever. The rear lights and the headlights have been redesigned and offer xenon plus technology with homogenous LED daytime running lights as standard across the range.

Each of the two TDI diesel and two TFSI petrol units in the new engine line-up include forced induction and direct fuel injection. Fuel consumption has been reduced by 11 percent on average. The start-stop system and the recuperation system come standard with all engine-transmission configurations. Each engine is matched with the ideal drivetrain – multitronic or seven-speed S tronic, front-wheel drive or quattro drive. When combined with S tronic, the quattro drivetrain uses the crown-gear centre differential and torque vectoring; the sport differential is the perfect complement.

The chassis has been more finely tuned, with the optional Audi drive select system and dynamic steering. Electromechanical power steering is also new to the A5 family.

Audi A5 Exterior design and body

Since their debut in 2008, the models of the Audi A5 family – the Sportback, Coupé and Cabriolet – have impressed with their elegance and sportiness. The product improvement adds sharp new accents to the design. Upper corners of the single-frame grille in high-gloss black are bevelled.

The grille’s lateral bars and the Audi rings appear to be sculpted. The new bumper features pronounced air inlets with massive struts, revamped grilles and flat fog lights. Sharply chiselled edges give the bonnet a three-dimensional look; the entire front end appears flatter and wider. The headlights have also been updated. Their lower edge forms a wave and their interior has been restructured.

With the standard xenon plus headlights, the LED daytime running lights form a narrow, homogenous clasp framing the headlight. Audi also offers the optional adaptive light system with dynamic cornering light and turning light. The rear lights have also been redesigned and are optionally available with continuous LED light strips. The bumper includes a number of additional details.

Audi A5: Engines

The Audi A5 family sets new standards for sportiness and efficiency.

New Audi A5 Rear

All engines feature forced induction and direct injection for tremendous pulling power. The start-stop system and the recuperation system are standard with all engines. The A5 line-up comprises of two petrol and two diesel engines. CO² emissions have been reduced by as much as 22 percent. The output of the 2.0 TFSI remains unchanged at 155 kW. New to the Audi A5 line-up is the 3.0 TFSI, a supercharged V6 producing 200 kW and 400 Nm of torque with an impressive 5.8 seconds from 0 – 100 km/h with average fuel consumption of 8.1 litres of fuel per 100 km and 190 g of CO² per kilometre.

This engine replaces the normally aspirated 3.2 litre V6 offered previously. Diesel engines are also impressively efficient, and the four-cylinder units feature modifications in numerous areas. Equipped with the new 130 kW 2.0 TDI and multitronic transmission, the A5 Coupé consumes on average 4.7 litres of fuel per 100 km – a CO² equivalent of only 122 g per km and a milestone in the coupé segment.

The 3.0 TDI with an output of 180 kW consumes on average 5.7 litres of fuel and emits just 149 grams CO² per km and is a particularly low-emission clean diesel model that will make the A5 the first coupé on the market to meet the Euro 6 diesel standard.

Audi A5: Interior design

A harmonious balance of proportions and surfaces, fine materials and top-quality fit and finish, the interior of the A5 models clearly reflects the Audi brand culture.

A button is used to directly adjust the optional seat heating and seat ventilation in three stages. Also updated were the ignition key, the selector lever for the automatic transmission, the button for the optional Audi drive select system and the controls of the high-efficiency air conditioning and multifunction steering wheel.

All displays are now illuminated in white. New paint covers the bezels on the instrument cluster and the centre console, and there is also a new selection of upholstery and inlays. The A5 Sportback is also now optionally available as a five-seater.

Audi A5: Drivetrain

A continuously variable multitronic gearbox is available for models with front-wheel drive. The quattro models come with the lightning-fast, seven-speed S tronic.

All of the transmissions shine with their precision, high efficiency and wide gear spread. The long ratios in the upper gears reduce fuel consumption. Members of the A5 family equipped with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the S tronic transmission also feature the crown-gear centre differential with torque vectoring first seen on the RS 5 Coupé.

New Audi A5 Interior

Audi A5: Chassis

The A5 models set standards for sporty dynamics, luxurious ride comfort and excellent driving safety. Most of the components of the five-link front suspension and the trapezoidal-link rear suspension are made of aluminium. The rear suspension bearings and the damper tuning have been updated for more precise handling and even greater comfort. The ESP stabilization program with electronic limited slip differential is standard in all front-wheel drive versions of the A5. ESP uses minimal braking interventions at the inside front wheel for even more agility during dynamic driving. Among the high-end features in the model series is the optional Audi drive select.

In the basic configuration, it adjusts the power steering boost, the accelerator characteristic, the shift points of the automatic transmission and the automatic air conditioning. Using a button in the cockpit, the driver can determine whether these components should work in “comfort,” “auto,” “dynamic” or “efficiency” mode. The latter helps to drive the A5 particularly efficiently. If the car is equipped with a navigation system, there is also an “individual” mode that the driver can largely configure him or herself. Another new standard feature in the A5 model series is the electromechanical power steering.

An electric motor generates the right amount of boost for the speed being driven. The electromechanical power steering features a direct ratio that reacts instantly and provides precise road feedback. It intervenes slightly to support the driver when braking on a surface with less grip on one side of the car. The system reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.3 litres per 100 km and up to 7 g CO²/km because it consumes no energy at all while driving straight.

Audi A5: Assistance systems

The assistance systems in the Audi A5 model series use a variety of technologies to make driving even more controlled. Some of them have been improved with new functions. Among the standard features is the new driver information system with recommendations to take a break. It uses steering motions and additional parametres to detect when the driver is getting tired and issues an appropriate warning. Audi side assist supports the driver when changing lanes by using radar to monitor the space behind the car. Audi active lane assist – a new feature in the A5 – helps the driver to maintain the lane.

A camera detects the lane markings and the system makes slight corrections to the electromechanical steering, if necessary. The adaptive cruise control uses radar technology to maintain a constant interval between the A5 and the vehicle ahead. At speeds below 30 km/h, it initiates maximum braking in the event of an impending collision. Infotainment systems The infotainment systems in the A5 have been significantly upgraded. Audi equips all models in the A5 line-up with a CD radio and eight speakers. The optional top-of-the-line unit is MMI navigation plus with a large hard drive, seven-inch colour monitor, 3D graphics, 20-gig hard drive and DVD player. Its controls have been improved. The number of hard buttons has been reduced from eight to four and the volume control now features a joystick cap to make it easier to choose songs. Voice control is included on the Coupé and Sportback versions.

The Audi S5

The Audi S5 is offered either as a Sportback, Coupé or Cabriolet – these models have also been updated. All S5 models, including the Coupé, are now equipped with the 3.0 TFSI producing 245 kW. Compared to the 4.2-liter V8 it replaces in the Coupé, the supercharged V6 consumes on average 20 percent less fuel per 100 kilometres. Average fuel consumption is just 8.1 litres while performance remains impressive. The S5 Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.

Visual cues to the updated S models include new lights, modified body details and new crystal-effect paint finishes. Subtle changes can also be found in the interior. The most important technical updates for the Audi S5 are quattro drive with the crown-gear center differential and electromechanical power steering. The special S sport suspension and the standard 18-inch wheels deliver the power to the road.

The Audi RS 5 The pinnacle of the series, Audi RS 5 receives a similar update as the rest of the range. The new single frame diamond grille with bevelled corners in high gloss anthracite with a matt aluminium frame. The front bumper with large air inlets and rear bumper with inserted diffuser assist in providing an increased dynamism.

The Audi RS 5 Coupé uses a normally aspirated V8 displacing 4,163 cc. The 4.2 FSI delivers 331 kW at 8,250 rpm, with the peak torque of 430 Nm available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The V8 catapults the two-door model from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The normally aspirated engine consumes just 10.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometres on average.

This impressive figure is due to the combination of technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform, which also includes a recuperation system. The standard seven-speed S tronic contributes to the good fuel economy. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels in the forged aluminium 10-spoke design, MMI 3-G satellite navigation, quattro® sports differential, park distance control and many more. Pricing Audi A5, S5 and RS 5 Coupé:

Model   description Drive train Power output   (kW) Torque (Nm) CO2 emissions (g/km) List price   incl. all taxes
2.0 TDI   multitronic® Front 130 380 123 R 437,000
2.0T FSI   multitronic® Front 155 350 140 R 457,000
2.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 155 350 159 R 477,000
3.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 200 400 190 R 571,000
3.0 TDI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 180 500 149 R 569,000
S5 3.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 245 440 190 R 675,000
RS 5 4.2 V8   quattro® S tronic quattro® 331 430 252 R 908,000

Audi A5 and S5 Sportback:

Model   description Drive train Power output   (kW) Torque (Nm) CO2 emissions (g/km) List price   incl. all taxes
2.0 TDI   multitronic® Front 130 380 127 R 427,000
2.0T FSI   multitronic® Front 155 350 144 R 447,000
2.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 155 350 159 R 467,000
3.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 200 400 190 R 561,000
3.0 TDI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 180 500 149 R 559,000
S5 3.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 245 440 190 R 665,000

Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet:

Model   description Drive train Power output   (kW) Torque (Nm) CO2 emissions (g/km) List price   incl. all taxes
2.0 TDI   multitronic® Front 130 380 132 R 497,000
2.0T FSI   multitronic® Front 155 350 149 R 517,000
2.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 155 350 164 R 537,000
3.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 200 400 199 R 631,000
3.0 TDI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 180 500 154 R 629,000
S5 3.0T FSI   quattro® S tronic quattro® 245 440 199 R 735,000