All-new Audi A5 Coupé and Sport­back mod­els in shape for UK debut

Sharp­ened Coupé and Sport­back mod­els de­ploy an all-new plat­form and cut­ting edge in­fo­tain­ment to mix busi­ness with plea­sure per­fectly

Malta Independent - - MOTORING ON TUESDAY - Edited by John Peel

Less than a month af­ter its Euro­pean debut at Paris, the suc­ces­sor to the five-door Audi ac­claimed for wrap­ping high func­tion­al­ity in a cap­ti­vat­ing coupé-like sil­hou­ette is ready to or­der in the UK. Sport­ing a host of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments that en­cap­su­late Vor­sprung durch Tech­nik un­der its sharp­ened and toned skin, the A5 Sport­back joins the equally at­trac­tive new Coupé which has been avail­able since late Septem­ber. It will touch down here a cou­ple of months af­ter its two-door rel­a­tive in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Head­ing up the highly in­tel­li­gent new range, and avail­able to or­der at the same time in both Coupé and Sport­back form is an even faster, more pow­er­ful and more ef­fi­cient S5 quat­tro, now fea­tur­ing a tur­bocharged V6 TFSI. Power has ramped up to 354PS, pro­pel­ling both three­door and five-door ver­sions to 62mph in just 4.7 sec­onds.

Broad port­fo­lio of pow­er­trains

A choice of three TDI and two TFSI power units are avail­able in the new A5 Coupé and Sport­back. The four-cylin­der 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TDI both pro­duce 190PS and can be con­fig­ured with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or 7-speed S tronic trans­mis­sion. An ul­tra ver­sion of the TDI in the Coupé of­fers the same power, torque (400Nm be­tween 1,750 and 3,000rpm) and 0-62mph per­for­mance (7.7 sec­onds), but com­bines this with the po­ten­tial for even greater econ­omy re­turns of up to 70.6mpg com­bined and 105g/km com­pared to the al­ready im­pres­sive peak of 67.3mpg com­bined and 111g/km for the ‘stan­dard’ 2.0 TDI.

A 2.0 TFSI pro­duc­ing 252PS and 370Nm of torque is mated ex­clu­sively to quat­tro all-wheel drive. In the Coupé, 0-62mph takes a mere 5.8 sec­onds (6.0 for the Sport­back) and both top out at 155mph. The com­bined 47.9mpg po­ten­tial and 136g/km is un­changed re­gard­less of the sil­houtte.

At the top end of the scale, a V6 TDI with 218PS is of­fered in con­junc­tion with quat­tro drive and S tronic trans­mis­sion in the Coupé, and ap­pears in 286PS* form ex­clu­sively linked to an eight-speed tip­tronic in the Sport­back. The for­mer boasts a 6.2-sec­ond 62mph sprint time and 155mph top speed de­spite CO2 of as lit­tle as 119g/km and up to 58.9mpg com­bined.

Draw­ing on a tur­bocharged V6 TFSI pow­er­plant that de­liv­ers 354PS and 500Nm be­tween 1,370 and 4,500rpm, the S5 Coupé and Sport­back share 4.7-sec­ond zero to 62mph ca­pa­bil­ity, and both can reach a lim­ited top speed of 155mph. An in­te­grated ex­haust man­i­fold, new com­bus­tion tech­nol­ogy and a free­wheel­ing func­tion em­bed­ded in the stan­dard eight-speed tip­tronic trans­mis­sion all con­trib­ute to lower con­sump­tion than that of the pre­de­ces­sor, re­sult­ing in 38.2mpg com­bined for the Coupé (37.7mpg for the Sport­back) and

a shared CO2 value of 170g/km.

SE, Sport and S line spec­i­fi­ca­tion

In keep­ing with the rest of the Audi range, the hi­er­ar­chy for A5 Coupé and Sport­back con­sists of SE, Sport and S line spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els. The lead-in SE op­tion now fea­tures more equip­ment than ever, in­clud­ing a host of in­fo­tain­ment and driver as­sis­tance sys­tems.

These range from the Audi Smart­phone In­ter­face con­nec­tion host­ing Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto, and the front and rear Audi Park­ing Sys­tem Plus to the Audi pre-sense City which warns the driver of a im­mi­nent col­li­sion and can ini­ti­ate emer­gency brak­ing and the multi-col­li­sion brake as­sist, ca­pa­ble of re­duc­ing fur­ther im­pacts through full brak­ing. Also new to the A5 range is the Audi con­nect Safety and Ser­vice pack­age. Fit­ted as stan­dard, an em­bed­ded SIM card en­ables oc­cu­pants to dial an emer­gency or as­sis­tance call ser­vice with a one-touch but­ton func­tion in­side the car.

All SE mod­els are fit­ted with 17inch al­loy wheels, and come equipped with xenon head­lights aided by LED day­time run­ning lights. Fur­ther high­lights in­clude Audi Drive Se­lect, a deluxe three­zone elec­tronic cli­mate con­trol sys­tem and a power-op­er­ated tail­gate for Sport­back mod­els (coupé mod­els come fit­ted with an elec­tric boot lid re­lease mech­a­nism).

Sport mod­els build on this fur­ther by in­cor­po­rat­ing an LED in­te­rior light­ing pack, elec­tri­cally ad­justable sports seats with 4way lum­bar sup­port up­hol­stered in Twin leather, SD card-based MMI nav­i­ga­tion and a three­month free trial of Audi con­nect.

Stand­out fea­tures on the sharper S line in ad­di­tion to the cus­tom­ary vis­ual en­hance­ments are 18-inch al­loy wheels, sport sus­pen­sion, LED front and rear lights with dy­namic rear in­di­ca­tors and front sports seats up­hol­stered in leather/Alcantara.

S5 Coupe and Sport­back set the pace

On the top rung, the S5 quat­tro mod­els are of course marked out by S spe­cific up­grades that sub­tly con­vey their per­for­mance po­ten­tial. In ad­di­tion to the cus­tom­ary quad oval tailpipes and alu­minium-ef­fect door mir­ror hous­ings, S5 lo­gos adorn the grille, front wings and rear. Partly pol­ished 19-inch al­loy wheels con­ceal S sport sus­pen­sion and spe­cially tuned brakes, while a matt alu­minium fin­ish ex­tends to the rear dif­fuser, in­lays sur­round­ing the air in­lets and ra­di­a­tor grille. The vi­brant Misano red and Navarra blue paint­work are also ex­clu­sively avail­able for this model.

In­side, Fine Nappa leather ex­tends to the front S su­per sports seats, com­bin­ing lum­bar sup­port, pneu­matic ad­just­ment and a mas­sage func­tion. MMI nav­i­ga­tion plus and a three-year sub­scrip­tion to the Audi con­nect suite round out the in­te­rior up­grades.

Sep­a­rately on S5 mod­els, a sport dif­fer­en­tial can com­ple­ment the quat­tro driv­e­train for more tar­geted torque dis­tri­bu­tion to the rear wheels, im­prov­ing sta­bil­ity and agility in fast cor­ners.

Pro­gres­sive tech­nol­ogy

Nat­u­rally, the most for­ward­think­ing tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments can now sup­ple­ment the al­ready ex­ten­sive stan­dard equip­ment list, from the Audi vir­tual cock­pit and Ma­trix LED lights to a head-up dis­play and Bang & Olufsen 3D sound sys­tem. In terms of driver as­sis­tance, adap­tive cruise con­trol with Stop&Go in­cor­po­rates a traf­fic jam as­sist func­tion ca­pa­ble of tak­ing over brak­ing, ac­cel­er­a­tion and steer­ing in­puts at speeds of up to 37mph to take the strain off stop-start traf­fic. A sim­i­larly innovative fea­ture is the pre­dic­tive ef­fi­ciency as­sis­tant, which uses route data to cal­cu­late when free-wheel­ing or en­gine brak­ing can be au­to­mat­i­cally ap­plied to boost over­all mpg.

SE, Sport and S line spec­i­fi­ca­tion avail­able on both mod­els Three TDI and two TFSI en­gines join the A5 Coupé range Five-door Sport­back con­fig­urable with one TFSI and two TDI en­gines from launch Flag­ship S5 avail­able in both body styles with 354PS and 500Nm Audi Drive Se­lect, three­zone elec­tric cli­mate con­trol, Twin leather up­hol­stery, heated front seats, power-op­er­ated tail­gate, Audi Smart­phone in­ter­face and Audi con­nect Safety and Ser­vice com­prise stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion Wide range of tech­nol­ogy avail­able such as Ma­trix LEDs, Audi Phone Box, Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound Sys­tem, Audi vir­tual cock­pit

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