At home in Germany the four-ringed brand staged the worldwide official public premiere of the all-new A5 and S5 coupe models, which bring a fresh design and even more technology.
As we already know, the 2017 Audi A4 sedan is a very close relative of the A5 series, meaning the A5 and S5 models have built their design basis on the former, complete with a few fresh tweaks – but more significant is the technological advancement. “We have more performance and better fuel economy, much more space, and the standard spec brings our midsize coupes to the level of a luxury car,” commented Audi chairman of the board Rupert Stadler. Style is debatable as always when it comes to Audi models – since the brand relinquished bold stances a while back. Instead the new coupes come with an even more integrated design, with the basic design language on full display. The platform is now packing even more aluminum and high-strength steels to lower weight by around 132 pounds, with the model now growing in length 1.8 inches – to the benefit of the cabin and trunk space. Additionally, the aerodynamic changes have brought down the drag coefficient to a highly-efficient 0.25 level.
Audi hasn’t revealed just yet the technical details, but we do know there will be five different engines on offer at the start of sales in Europe, which should be up to 20 percent more powerful and also having the same level of increase for the fuel economy. In the US, the same initial powertrain as in the A4 is to be expected – a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 252 horsepower. Transmission choices go from the six speed manual of European versions and go to the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG, going up to an eight-speed automatic for the S5 and flagship 3.0-liter turbodiesel.
The Audi S5 is also closely related to the S4, meaning it boasts the new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that churns out 354 hp, meaning the sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) will only last about 4.7 seconds. The S5 of course comes with its own dynamic stance thanks to the sportier body kit and has complete braking and handling updates, while also sporting the S-Line interior amenities. With the quattro all wheel drive system also on offer – optional or standard, depending on the version, the technology is mostly the same as in the A4 and S4 models. We can count in the Virtual Cockpit fully digital instrument cluster, new active safety technology such as exit warning and pre-collision braking, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility for the infotainment system. Connectivity is also great, with the S5 being the first Audi to boast the company’s new “unlimited” SIM card that eschews roaming charges throughout Europe.