Next Generation of A5 and S5 Unveiled in Germany
The Audi A5 when it was released back in 2007 was a revolutionary new step for Audi; a large sporty coupe that was not only fantastic to drive but great to look at as well which other Audis had been lacking. Now in 2016 Audi have revealed the newly refreshed A5 and S5 variants of the sports coupe. Audi are clearly aiming directly at the BMW 4 Series with the A5 in the highly competitive executive coupe market. The sleek coupe body, whilst looking very similar to its predecessor, is actually 60 kg lighter, resulting in more efficient driving. This along with advances in engine technology mean it consumes 22% less fuel whilst also producing 17% more power. The S5 features a newly reworked version of the 3.0 litre TFSI Turbo V6 pumping out 354 bhp, 21 more than the previous model.
Interior Space has Been Increased Over the Previous Model
“The new Audi A5 Coupe sports a fresh, modern and honed look. It is nevertheless true to its DNA with the sporty and elegant character being passed down to the new version.” The interior space has been increased for the new model due to the slightly larger proportions of the car, and as to be expected from an Audi the build quality is exceptional. Whilst the styling may disappoint some due to its unimaginative improvements, I like it, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.’ The previous A5/S5 looked great, all it needed to continue living was a refresh, which is exactly what Audi has done.
All Driver Aids are Either Completely new or Extensively Updated
The A5 has an impressive number of driver aids, which Audi say “Are either completely new or have been extensively updated.” Audi say that the A5 and S5 will come as standard with the following driver aids: “The predictive efficiency assistant helps the driver save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps keep the car on track in the driving lane, and the Stop & Go adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist offers the driver relief in slow-moving traffic.” New and important safety features include the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre-sense systems. Camera-based recognition of traffic signs rounds out the line-up.