Nine years after the launch of the original, the all-new, second-generation A5 coupé has been officially revealed at Audi’s Ingolstadt headquarters.
The styling of the new car is being described by Audi designers as a gradual evolution as opposed to a full-on revolution. The exterior retains the wave-shaped shoulder line that already characterised the previous model, while the so-called “Singleframe” grille at the front is noticeably flatter and wider than in the previous model.
Audi engineers also say the new A5 coupé is “significantly” more efficient than its predecessor, achieving a drag coefficient of 0.25.
Increased dimensions and a longer wheelbase also mean the interior sees more space for both the driver and passengers, with the horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip helping to further accentuate the feeling of increased width. The luggage compartment, meanwhile, offers a volume of 465 litres, 10 litres more than with the previous model.
Beneath the skin is a new platform that is claimed to reduce weight by up to 60 kg over the old model, which Audi further claims helps make the new car’s body the lightest in its segment.
In terms of power, the new model will launch in the UK with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units. Their power output has increased and is now between 187 bhp and 282 bhp. Compared with the previous model, Audi claims they offer up to 17 per cent more performance while consuming as much as 22 per cent less fuel.
With its newly developed 3.0 V6, the top-of-the-range S5 coupé produces 349 bhp of power, which is 21 bhp more than the engine in the previous model. It manages 62 mph from rest in a claimed 4.7 seconds.
For transmission, the manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 215 bhp 3.0 TDI with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 282 bhp and the S5 engine. Both engines come standard with quattro all-wheel drive. There’s also an optional rear-axle sport differential.
Chassis revisions include a new electromechanical power steering setup and optionally available dynamic steering.
The new A5 coupé will launch in the UK in winter 2016.