Although the images and info presented here are all of Euro-spec versions, Audi AG has offered up an early outline of the key changes its plans to make to members of its A5 and S5 lineup, which will be introduced on the continent later this year after a public debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show. While Audi’s U.S. reps are quick to point out that many specific details regarding powertrain configurations, packaging content and pricing are still under discussion, they have confirmed that virtually all of the cosmetic and many of the mechanical variations being introduced now also will make it to our shores in mid-2012, when the recast Audi A5 and S5 Coupe and Cabriolet models hit showrooms here as 2013 models.
Audi is refreshing the A5 model series. Advanced technologies are being added to the Sportback, Coupe, Cabriolet and S5 models in the areas of the engine, quattro drive and infotainment for even more efficiency, sportiness and intelligence. The updated design visually underscores the technical expertise involved in these versions.
The Audi A5 models are now more distinctive than ever. The rear lights and the headlights have been redesigned and are optionally available in xenon plus technology with homogenous LED daytime running lights. New colors and materials accentuate the interior, and many details of the operating concept have been fine-tuned.
Each of the four TDI diesel and three TFSI gasoline units in the new engine lineup include forced induction and direct fuel injection. The new 1.8 TFSI features a number of groundbreaking innovations. Fuel consumption has been reduced by 11 percent on average. The start-stop system and the recuperation system come standard with all engine-transmission configurations.
Each engine is matched with the ideal drivetrain, six-speed manual, multitronic, seven-speed S tronic, front-wheel drive or quattro drive. When combined with S tronic, the quattro drivetrain uses the crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring; the sport differential is the perfect complement. The chassis has been more finely tuned, with the optional Audi drive select system and dynamic steering making the Audi A5 even more fun to drive. The electromechanical power steering is new to the Audi A5 family.