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Better late than never, new Audi A5 and S5 on their way


The Audi A5 has sat in the corner for quite some time now, over shadowed by the BMW 4 Series and the recently launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé. Audi is no stranger to arriving to the party quite late. So when they do make an entrance we all take notice. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker has just unveiled its latest rendition of the A5, here is what you need to know.

 The looks

The new A5 certainly looks more up-to-date however is, as with many Audi models, true to its DNA with the same sporty and elegant character being passed down from the previous model to the new version. We are happy that it differs in looks compared to the A4. Many manufacturers, including Audi tend to just remove two doors or add a boot and leave everything else unchanged between models.

Another stand out feature for us is the three-dimensional wave-shaped shoulder line that already characterized the previous model. The precise sweeping line with pronounced bulges over the wheel arches emphasize all four wheels - a nod to the quattro all-wheel drive system that will be on offer.The car features balanced proportions, the long bonnet, stretched wheelbase and short overhangs underscore the sportiness of the new Coupé . The sculpted singleframe grille is significantly flatter and wider than it was on the previous. The LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals make high-end technology visible even after dark.

Inside the A5

The interior benefits from the increased dimensions and longer wheelbase. Space for driver and passengers is more generous. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel, like that found in the new A4 as well as the continuous air vent strip create a sense of space. As is typical for Audi, the interior build quality is uncompromisingly high. High-quality materials in a wide range of colours provide for a particularly pleasant ambiance and underscore the premium character of the mid-sized model. The Coupé is now available, for the first time with the optional Audi virtual cockpit. Another feature found on the A4 model. The system features a 12.3-inch TFT display and together with the MMI navigation plus which includes a 8.3-inch tablet like screen on the centre console, forms the central information unit. The focal point of the MMI terminal is the round rotary pushbutton. Its surface is home to the touch-sensitive touchpad. The touchpad is used to input characters and also for multifinger gestures, enabling the driver to zoom in on the map, for example.

The power

We are not yet sure which engines the South African market will be getting but reports confirm that the new A5 will launch in Germany with five engines: two petrol (TFSI) and three diesel (TDI) units. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 140kW and 210kW. Compared with the previous model, they offer up to 17 percent more performance while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel.

The one we dream about

For the speed junkies out there, the new Audi S5 with its newly developed 3.0 TFSI should give the competition a good run for their money. The boosted six-cylinder engine now produces 260kW. It also features a sportier, more purposeful and prominent design over the standard A5 model. There are some sporty touches inside which include improved sports seats as well as S5 badging.

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