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Audi A5 Coupe Motoring Review

Marketed as a true four-seater, the two-door Audi A5 Coupé slots between the A4 and A6 Sedans in the Audi model line-up and is considerably larger than the TT Coupé.  With Audi's recent refresh of all their A5s, the A5 Coupé has benefited from advanced and new technologies in the areas of engine, quattro drive and infotainment.

The elegant and sporty A5 Coupé has a flat and sweeping “look at me” roofline with a somewhat aggressive face.  There are sleeker headlights, a new grille and a lower front fascia.  The optional xenon plus headlights have solid LED daytime running light strips which give the A5 Coupé a distinguished look.  Front fog lights have been revised and are now integrated into the new high gloss lower grille blade.  The flowing shoulder line of the car passes through its re-designed rear lights and ends in a clear muscular bumper edge at the back.  There are attractive options for tyre/wheel combinations – between 17 and 20 inches in size and different wheel spoke designs.  

Buy a car like this and you will enjoy customising specifications of the interior to your own taste.  With the seats there is a choice of exclusive cloth trim, finest-grade leather or a combination of high quality Alcantara and leather.  The steering wheel comes standard in a 3-spoke design, good grip and covered in leather too.  The optional MMI navigation plus has been enhanced.  Operation takes place via the MMI® button with integrated joystick or voice control.  MMI navigation plus includes a high-quality 7-inch colour display with 3D map representation and a hard disk for music and media data.  In conjunction with the online Bluetooth car phone, a separate WiFi hotspot is available.  Other highlights on the options list include:  an electric panoramic tilting sunroof with sunblind, adaptive cruise control, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles (for the automatic gearbox) and Audi Drive Select, which offers a variety of different suspension, steering, transmission and engine calibrations.  Electromechanical power-steering now comes standard across the entire A5 range.

The new Audi A5 Coupé comes in two TDI diesel and three TFSI petrol engine variants.  The TDI diesel engines are equipped with intelligent common rail technology and the standard start-stop system.  The particularly economical 2.0 TDI with 130kW is available with a multitronic transmission.  The premium engine is the 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW and S tronic.  With this engine in the A5 Coupé, you need just 5.8 seconds to reach a speed of 100 km/h.  The 2.0 TFSI (quattro drive and S tronic) has 155kW/350Nm.  This engine gets you from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds.  The all new 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 engine boasts 200 kW of power and an impressive 400Nm of torque.  This car accelerates from 0-100 km in just 5.8 seconds.

With safety at the forefront, the new Audi A5 Coupé has a host of advanced features which work together to ensure intelligent driving protection.  One (of many) options is Audi's pre sense which actively categorises driving situations with its radar sensor and issues warning and collision avoidance measures.  The system additionally monitors the traffic ahead and in conjunction with adaptive cruise control warns the driver and reinforces braking force if necessary.

Audi's brand claim “Vorsprung durch Technik” captures the cutting-edge technology that is at the very heart of the Audi brand.  The A5 Coupé, although a sleek and glamorous beauty, is no exception and, once you're finished indulging its beautiful exterior, you'll find an intelligent and technologically advanced muscle machine underneath.  In terms of pricing, entry-level A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI 130kW multitronic will set you back around R449 000.  (Prices may go up or down according to various factors, please consult your dealer for the latest price.)

Written by Stuart Moir
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