Audi updates A5 and S5 for 2012

Audi has revealed extensive 2012 updates for its sporty A5 and S5 coupe range.

A more aggressive front end is the most obvious change with redesigned headlight clusters along with a new front bumper and subtle changes to the grille. Updates to the rear a more subtle and include revised tail lights with optional LEDs. The models clean and sharp profile remains unchanged, but 17-inch alloys are now standard on International models (NZ spec may differ).

Inside, there’s a new steering wheel and tweaks to the instrument panel and centre control stack. The gear stick on auto models has been changed and the MMI infotainment system upgraded. There’s also a new ignition key and air-con controls.

Mechanically, the 2012 A5 gets a new rear suspension setup along with a revised electromechanical power steering system.

Engines options include the base model 125 kW 1.8 litre TFSI unit which has  been revised to deliver improved fuel-economy at 5.7 l/100 km. Step up to the 2.0 litre TFSI engine and output remains unchanged at 157kW, while a new 200kW 3.0 litre TFSI V6 has joined the range.

The Diesel engine range includes a 3.0 litre TDI V6 which comes in a choice of 150kW and 180kW tunes, with a new diesel engine expected to join later.

The top dog Audi S5 will drop its 4.2-litre V8 engine for 2012, to be replaced by the same 3.0 litre supercharged V6 that drives the Sportback and Cabriolet models. This motor is good for 245Kw which is a 15kW drop over the V8, but the S5 Coupe will sprint to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the eight-cylinder could achieve.

Audi’s updated A5 and S5 models may not reach NZ this year but expect to hear more about them as their launch nears.

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