Nine years after the first A5 was introduced, Audi has launched the second generation of the A4’s coupé variant along with the sportier S5. Just like most new Audis, the new A5 and S5 look a lot like their predecessors, but have been brought more in line with the brand’s current design language. Although there aren’t any surprises in the styling department, the designers have done a good job refining the overall looks with the new grille, chiselled bonnet, LED headlights and taillights and creases that lend more character to it than the previous models. They’re not just pretty looking, but functionally better too, with Audi claiming a drag coefficient of 0.25 for the A5, and a weight loss of 60kg.
Apart from shedding weight, the new MLB Evo platform also allows the incorporation of all the latest driver assistance and convenience technology features into the cars. Inside, the A5 gets the redesigned, slim dashboard seen in the new A4, along with fully electronic TFT screen based instrumentation.
While Audi doesn’t mention details of the A5’s petrol powertrain, we expect it to be powered by the same 252 horsepower 2.0-litre turbo four engine from the A4 mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. However, Audi has announced that the S5 will have a 354 horsepower 3.0-litre turbo V6 under its bonnet, coupled with an eight-speed torque-convertor automatic. That adds 21 horses to the previous S5’s output and helps it do the 0-100kph dash in 4.7 seconds.
Along with the bump in performance and aerodynamics, the A5 and the S5 will also offer more practicality with the luggage compartment now offering a volume of 465 litres, which is 10 litres more than before and the rear seat folding down in a 40:20:40 split to free even more cargo space.
While all that sounds good, our sights are set firmly on the next-generation RS5, which is expected to make well over 400 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6.