More mod­els in Oz love af­fair

Audi is in the mid­dle of a record roll­out, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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.

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