The 2012 Audi A5 and 2012 Audi S5 ranges have been unveiled, with styling, efficiency and equipment enhancements for the new model year. It comes with an aggressive front-end update and it drops the 4.2L V8 and adopts the 3.0L TFSI engine.
So what’s new with the 2012 A5. The headlamps are slimmer (though the xenons and LED daytime running lights cost extra), the taillights have been tweaked, there is a more sharply chiseled bonnet, plus revised bumpers, which add a whole millimeter to the length of each model.
That is with the exterior. Inside there’s a new steering wheel design, along with a finish for the instrument panel and centre console. In addition, there is a new gear selector for automatic models, an updated MMI infotainment and navigation system with a new toggle-stick controller, and a number of trim updates. A button is used to directly adjust the optional seat heating/ventilation in three stages.
Moving to the engines, the most important news is that the 2012 Audi S5 will have the same capacity engine and the same number of cylinders as its main rival, the BMW 335i. All engines feature forced induction and direct injection for tremendous pulling power.
Even the entry-level engine produces 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque. The start-stop system and the recuperation system are standard with all engines.
The existing 2.0 litre TFSI engine’s output remains unchanged at 157kW, while a new 200kW 3.0 litre TFSI V6 has joined the line-up.
Equipped with the 130 kW (177 hp) 2.0 TDI and a manual transmission, the A5 Coupé consumes on average just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (50.05 US mpg) – a CO2 equivalent of 122 g per km (196.34 g/mile)
Three V6 diesel units round out the lineup on the top end. The 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) is the most fuel-efficient six-cylinder unit in its class worldwide according to Audi. In the A5 Coupé with multitronic, it consumes on average 4.9 liters (48 US mpg) of fuel and emits just 129 grams CO2 per km (207.61 g/mile).
The second variant of the 3.0 TDI produces 180 kW (245 hp). Arriving somewhat later is a particularly low-emissions clean diesel model that will make the A5 the first coupe on the market to meet the Euro 6 diesel standard.