NEXT-GEN A5/S5 COMING TO SA: Audi revealed its all-new A5/S5 and said the duo will make their way to South Africa in the first quarter of 2017. No word yet on engines and pricing. Image: NewsPress
Ingolstadt - The new Audi A5 Coupe has undergone both a technological and design transformation while retaining many elements from the original model.
Powering the new A5 will be a range of powerful TDI and TFSI engines. The model will also benefit from the automaker's latest infotainment and driver assistance systems.
The new Audi A5/S5 is set to arrive locally during the first quarter of 2017.
The new Audi A5 Coupe will be launched with five engine options internationally - two TFSI and three TDI units. Power output has increased and is now rated between 140kW and 210kW.
The newly developed 3.0-litre TFSI V6, powering the S5 Coupe, now develops 260kW - 15kW more than its predecessor.
Audi SA has yet to confirm engine details and local specifications.
The bodywork has been aerodynamically optimised to deliver a drag coefficient of just 0.25, while the vehicle rides on a new platform, reducing weight by 60kg compared to its predecessor.
The new Audi A5 Coupé sports a modern with the dynamic and elegant character being passed down to the new version. The sweeping line with pronounced bulges over the wheel arches emphasises all four wheels – a cue to the quattro all-wheel drive.
Gallery: 2017 Audi A5/S5
The balanced proportions that comprise the long bonnet, the stretched wheelbase and short overhangs underscore the muscular presence of the new A5 Coupé.
Gearboxes for all tastes
The new Audi A5 Coupé is equipped with both manual and auto transmissions. The manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines, as well as the 160kW 3.0-litre TDI with front- or all-wheel drive.
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The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 210kW and the S5’s engine. Both engines come standard with quattro all-wheel drive. Audi will offer the optional rear-axle sport differential for even more dynamic driving and precision.
A new electro-mechanical power steering setup adapts according to the vehicle’s current speed and provides highly precise road feedback. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.
More space than before
The interior benefits from the increased dimensions and longer wheelbase of the new A5/S5, resulting in more space for driver and passengers. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a wide sense of space.
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.