Audi has tweaked its A5 and S5 range of coupé, cabriolets and ‘sportbacks’ with new styling and a number of important engines updates.
First, the looks. The cars get new front and back ends, with new rear lights and headlights, optionally available in xenon plus technology with homogenous LED daytime running lights. The upper corners of the single-frame grille are now beveled. The new front bumper features pronounced air inlets, revamped grilles and flat fog lights. Audi says it intends the new front end to appear “even flatter and wider”.
The interiors of all models have also been upgraded with a number of detail changes, including new steering wheels and column stalks.
There are some minor and also major changes in the engine department. The “completely redesigned” entry level four cylinder 1.8 TFSI petrol comes with 170PS and is said to achieve 50mpg, although we’ve yet to see official EU combined cycle figure for it. Audi also state CO2 emissions of 134g/km, 21 per cent lower than before.
The output of the four cylinder 2.0 TFSI petrol remains unchanged at 211PS. New to the Audi A5 lineup, however, is the 3.0 TFSI, a supercharged V6 petrol producing 272PS.
The diesels also get tweaked. Fitted with the four cylinder 177PS 2.0 TDI and manual transmission, the A5 Coupé consumes on average 60mpg and emits just 122g/km of CO2. The 3.0 TDI V6 with 204PS is “the most fuel efficient six-cylinder unit in its class worldwide” claims Audi, averaging 57mpg and emitting just 129g/km in the A5 Coupé with multitronic ‘box. Finally, another variant of the 3.0 TDI produces 245 hp. Down the line expect a clean diesel model that will be Euro 6 diesel standards compliant and better the above fuel economy and emissions figures.
Biggest news for many will be that the 4.2 litre V8 in the S5 has been dropped in favour of the 3.0 V6 TFSI engine which has been doing service in the sister S4 since last year. Although down on power at 333PS, fuel economy and emissions were the motivation for the switch, although the S5 will still crack the 0-62mph sprint in 4.6 seconds on the way to a restricted 155mph. With ‘S tronic’ dual clutch gearbox, the S5 is likely to do 30mpg with CO2 levels of 219g/km. That’s a 12 and 16 per cent improvement respectively.
Prices are likely to rise only slightly. No date yet for when the revised models go on sale in the UK.