Audi updates A5 and S5 for 2012

July 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

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. Continue reading “Audi updates A5 and S5 for 2012” »

Audi may reveal 2012 A5 facelift at Frankfurt Show

May 31st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

According to recent reports, Audi will reveal its 2012 A5 facelift at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show this September. The updates should be shown in both coupe and convertible body styles, and will include new cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. Visually the new A5 will feature freshly designed headlights, with integrated LED daytime running lights, a new front bumper and a slightly re-styled front grille.

At the rear there will be new LED tail lights and a few other minor modifications. The cabin and switchgear is expected to stay predominately the same as the current A5 model.

Mechanically, a new engine option may be on the cars with a new supercharged V6 unit possibly replacing the V8 from the current S5. The remainder of the engines offered on the current A5 and S5 line-up will stay the same. Continue reading “Audi may reveal 2012 A5 facelift at Frankfurt Show” »

Audi A5 Cabriolet

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Audi’s A5 cabriolet joins the TT Roadster and A3 cabriolet, aiming for young, well-educated buyers.

Audi A5 special edition to celebrate centenary

December 14th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Recent rumours are suggesting that Audi is set to launch a special edition A5 to celebrate the German carmakers centenary. The new special edition Audi A5 is touted to bring back the spirit of the Quattro rally cars of the 1980’s which made history on the WRC stage. The centenary Audi A5 will feature a new aerodynamics kit with the trademark triple air intake on the bonnet and the four-ring sticker on the side skirts.

Apparently, the Audi A5 will also have improved performance, larger brakes, larger wheels and various carbon fibre body parts to reduce the weight of the car.

The only official information regarding this matter is that Ingolstadt will launch a new car for its centenary celebrations, with many predicting the Audi A5 will be the preferred platform for such a project.

Audi reveals all-new A5 Sportback

July 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Audi A5 Sportback fq

Audi has just released the details on its all-new mid-size five-door liftback. Building on the popular body work of the A5 coupe and cabrio, the Sportback receives an extra set of doors, along with a tailgate to add some functionality to its enviable form.

European buyers will be able to pick up a Sportback starting in September this year with a choice of five diesel and petrol engines all of which come equipped with direct injection. The two petrol units are Audi’s 2.0 TFSI quattro with an output of 211hp (155kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque and the 3.2L V6 quattro generating 265hp (195kW) both come equipped with the Audi valvelift system.

Three diesel motors will also be available – a 2.0L TDI with 170hp (125kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque with a 6-speed manual gearbox and start/stop system, the 2.7 TDI with 190hp (140kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque, and the 3.0L V6 TDI with 240hp (170kW) and an impressive 369lb-ft (500Nm) of maximum torque and quattro all-wheel drive.

To maintain Audi’s reputation for strong handling and performance the A5 Sportback comes packing a newly developed electronic stability program and an electronic differential lock on the front axle. The car also comes with the Audi’s drive select dynamic driving system, that enables the driver to pick one of three different modes which influence throttle response characteristics, gear shifting points, and supports the electronic steering. If the vehicle is equipped with the optional MMI operating system, a fourth, freely programmable level is also available.

Audi to reveal TT-RS this weekend

March 26th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Audi TT-RS fq

Audi rolled out the hard-top version of its new TT-RS a few weeks back at the Geneva Motor Show, but a convertible variant was nowhere in sight. The reason is now clear and this weekend at Germany’s Leipzig AMI show, Audi will be expanding the TT-RS range with an open-top version.

The TT-RS Roadster gets the same 340-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-litre five cylinder as the coupe, which will rocket the TT-RS to 100 kph in just 4.7 sec. Audi’s Quattro system will put the power through all four wheels. The brakes also get a major upgrade with cross-drilled rotors all around, as does the suspension.

Also on the Audi stand in Leipzig, the A5 and S5 Cabrio and A4 all-road quattro will get their German premieres.

Audi unveils Sportback concept – preview to A7

January 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Audi Sportback fq

Audi has recently unveiled the Sportback concept which rather than simply a design study is a proper preview of the upcoming A7 sedan. The A7 is Audi’s take on the four door coupe/sedan styling that has become so popular in the last couple of years.

The Sportback name refers to the fastback roofline and Audi boss Rupert Stadler made it clear that the new look will become a common trait in the Audi lineup, beginning with a new A5 Sportback coming later this year. Under the bonnet, the Sportback gets a 3.0-litre TDI diesel V6 with 225 hp/406 lb-ft paired up with a seven-speed S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox. The whole thing is topped off with automatic start stop to increase fuel economy. Check back as more details of the A7 sedan become available.

New engine for Audi A5 coupe

July 31st, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


The power base at Audi is changing as a 180PS version of the all-new 2.0-litre TFSI unit takes over from the 1.8 TFSI in the A5 coupe — the latest step in an exhaustive engine development programme bringing average CO2 reductions of as much as 10 per cent for core Audi models within the past 12 months.

Derived from the 211PS version of the turbo charged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder FSI engine introduced earlier this month in the A5, and sharing its new, economy enhancing Audi valvelift technology, the new 180PS unit holds a 10PS power advantage over the 1.8 TFSI, and delivers its peak output 800rpm earlier. Torque also increases by 70Nm to 320Nm, which is available from 1,500rpm to 3,900rpm, ensuring that the A5 2.0 TFSI can out-accelerate its predecessor to 62mph by 0.6 seconds, taking 7.8 seconds to go the distance, and can continue to 240km/h

All-important fuel economy and emissions control have naturally taken a step forward compared with the outgoing model as well, the A5 2.0 TFSI registering 6.6L/100km in the combined cycle test — a 7.5 per cent improvement over the 1.8 TFSI — and emitting 154g/km of CO2, down from the 1.8 TFSI’s 169g/km — a 9 per cent reduction.

As pledged by Audi Board of Management Chairman Rupert Stadler this enhancement to the A5 engine range is evidence of the pursuit by Audi of a 20 per cent decrease in fleet-wide CO2 emissions by 2012.

Standard specification for the new A5 2.0 TFSI 180PS includes 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, 3-zone electronic climate control, a 10-speaker Concert CD audio system, full Milano leather upholstery and rear acoustic parking. Sport models with sports suspension ride 20mm lower on larger 18-inch 10-spoke V design alloy wheels, and inside upgrade to sports seats.

Information on New Zealand sales is as yet unavailable.

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