The all-new Audi A5 and S5 coupés are having their world premiers at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.
Meet Audi's new S5 (top) and A5 coupes
Both versions (A5 and S5) will debut in South Africa in the first quarter of 2008. Pricing and the detailed engine range will be confirmed closer to the SA market introduction.
"The Audi A5 is the most beautiful car I have ever designed," says Walter de'Silva, Head of Volkswagen Group Design.
These new coupés' design are influenced by that of Audi's 2003 Nuvolari concept car.
Many elements from the Nuvolari have been adopted in the Audi A5. According to Audi the A5 is a clear and unique statement of "sportiness and elegance".
With a length of 4.63m, the Audi A5 competes against bigger coupes such as the BMW 6 Series. It offers four seats and a load volume of 455 itres
The A5's proportions are characterised by a very wide and low stance, a short front overhang and a long, flowing transition from the C pillar to the tail end.
Its front-end bears Audi's trademark single-frame grille, which are complimented by right-angled headlights and large air inlets.
The car also features daytime running lights, comprising a strip of eight LEDs on each side.
At the rear there are powerfully styled tail lights, which seem to push outwards.
The top-of-the-range petrol engine in the Audi A5 is a new 3.2-litre FSI with innovative valve gear comprising the Audi valvelift system. This innovation varies the valve lift between two levels.
To achieve this, sets of sliding cams are mounted directly on the intake camshafts. These feature two sets of adjacent cam contours for small and large valve lift. Which cam is used to open the intake valves depends on the power demand at any one time.
Audi claims that the effect is an appreciable increase in engine efficiency. The driver benefits from greater power and improved driveability, while enjoying a marked reduction in fuel consumption.
At the wheel of an Audi A5 3.2 FSI there is a whole 195 kW of power output available and a torque of 330 Nm in a broad rev band of 3 000 to 5 000 r/min.
Within 6.1 seconds the A5 3.2 FSI quattro with manual six-speed gearbox sprints from 0 to 100 km/h. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
Then there is the 2.0-litre TFSI model, while Audi's all-new high-tech four-cylinder unit, the 1.8 TFSI, will also become available in the A5. Power for the latter engine is 125 kW.
A 3.0 V6 TDI model, with 176 kW of power, is also available. Audi says that this version accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h
There is a 140 kW 2.7-litre TDI derivative available too.
The S5's eight-cylinder engine has a rated power output of 260 kW. Its peak torque is 440 Nm, which it already delivers at 3 500 r/min.
Within just 5.1 seconds the Audi S5 can sprint to 100 km/h.
This model also comes with quattro permanent four-wheel drive and a sports suspension.