More models in Oz love affair
Audi is in the middle of a record rollout, writes NEIL McDONALD
IN THE 1980s there were a few 80 and 90 coupes floating around and even some hot turbocharged S2 quattro coupes. Now Audi Australia is spreading the coupe love again with the progressive rollout of the A5 range, which started last year with the 4.2-litre V8 S5 and the 3.2-litre V6 A5 Multitronic.
Last week it added the silky 3.2-litre V6 FSI quattro tiptronic auto to the line-up.
The A5 range will be rounded out with the $96,900 3.0-litre TDI quattro and the 1.8-litre TFSI, which should slide in at $70,000.
The six-speed quattro tiptronic $131,900 4.2-litre V8 S5 quattro tiptronic is weeks away from showrooms and will complement the sixspeed manual version.
Since last October Audi Australia has sold more than 360 A5 and S5s and has forecast 600 sales this year.
At $95,900 the A5 3.2 FSI quattro is $4000 more than the Multitronic and sits right in the German league against the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLK.
The 3.2 FSI quattro is expected to be the volume seller, closely followed by the 3.0-litre TDI quattro and 1.8TFSI.
Once all five A5 and S5 models come on stream, they will present a big image opportunity for the brand locally.
Like its siblings, the A5 3.2-litre quattro is wrapped in the new A4’s underpinnings and shares some mechanicals. It has a five-link front suspension and sophisticated trapezoidal rear end with self-steering. At 4635mm long, the A5 is 68mm shorter than the A4 sedan and sits on a 47mm shorter wheelbase.
Unlike the Multitronic, which uses an eightspeed CVT transmission, the A5 3.2 quattro has a six-speed tiptronic automatic to better cope with the torque demands of Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Despite the differing transmissions both cars develop identical power and torque . . . 195kW at 6500 revs and 330Nm from 3000 revs.
The combined fuel consumption in the quattro is 9.3 litres/100km.
Audi Australia is moving to its fourth consecutive record sale year and is officially the fastest-growing Audi market. It expects to sell 650 A5 and S5s this year, helping it to a sales record of 8500 vehicles.
Silky: the Audi A5 3.2-litre FSI quattro is the latest addition to the range.