NEXT A5 IN THE WORKS: The second-generation Audi A5 is expected to be launched in 2016. Image: Automedia
Audi's second-generation A5 coupe was spotted during testing.
The new A5 will be based on the same MLB Evo platform used by the Q7. Through the use of high-strength steel and aluminium for the outer panels, engineers will be able to shave about 100kg.
Spy photos show the new A5 will be a little wider and longer than its predecessor.
When the first-generation A5 was launched, Walter Da Silva said it was the best car he had ever penned. The new one, however, seems to be an evolution the current design. Despite the camouflage, you can spot a wide grille and headlights with a three-dimensional design.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Audi A5
At the rear, its LED taillights seem to be borrowed from the new A4. Audi confirms that it will produce a new Sportback version.
Engines will range from frugal to extremely exciting. At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Audi unveiled a new four-cylinder two-litre TFSI capable of that's said to produce 141kW with a fuel consumption rated at five litres/100km.
However, there will also be plenty of 2.0 TDI models as well, with outputs ranging from 90kW to about 164kW. At least one e-tron model will be offered, based on a diesel motor with additional electric power over the rear wheels.
Going up the range, we expect the A5 3.0 TDI to combined with standard quattro to deliver 202 kW. The S5 could be offered with both a petrol three-litre and a twin-turbo diesel. The RS5 will downsize from its normally-aspirated 4.2 V8 to a 3.6 twin-turbo capable of 372kW.
Expect the new Audi A5 to make its debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show. A production slot has already been assigned for August 2016.