Audi A5/S5 Coupes launched in SA. Image: Audi SA / Motorpress
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First look: Audi’s A5 Coupes hit UK showrooms

  • SE, Sport and S line spec on all models
  • Three TDI, two TFSI, engines join A5 Coupé range
  • Flagship S5 in either shell with 265kW / 500Nm
Audi A5/S5 Coupes launched in SA. Image: Audi SA / Motorpress
READY TO ROLL: Audi’S A5 Coupé and Sportback are now being ordered in the UK so expect them in South Africa soon with their contemporary design with higher levels of on-board ‘intelligence’ and new and more-efficient engines. Images: Newspress

LONDON, England – Less than a month after its European debut at the Paris autoshow, the successor to the five-door Audi acclaimed for wrapping high functionality in a captivating coupé-like silhouette is ready to order in the UK.

For guidance only in South Africa, prices in the UK start at (Oct 2016) about R522 000 and run to about R800 000.

Sporting a host of technological advancements that encapsulate Vorsprung durch Technik under its sharpened and toned skin, the A5 Sportback joins the equally attractive new Coupé which has been available since late September 2016. It will touch down there in right-hand drive mode a couple of months after its two-door relative in February 2017.

Heading up the range, and available to as either Coupé or Sportback is an even faster, more powerful, and more efficient S5 quattro, now featuring a turbocharged V6 TFSI engine. Power has ramped up to 265kW, a unit capable of propelling either three or five-door versions to 100km/h in 4.7sec.

Audi A5/S5 Coupes in UK showrooms Image: Audi UK / Newspress
Audi A5/S5 Coupes in UK showrooms Image: Audi UK / Newspress

A choice of three TDI and two TFSI power units will be available in the new A5 Coupé and Sportback. The four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TDI each produce 143kW and can be configured with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic transmission.

An ultra version of the TDI in the Coupé offers the same power, torque is 400Nm from 1750-3000rpm and 0-100 goes down in 7.7sec but combines this with the potential for better fuel economy – as little as four litres/100km against  the 4.2/100 of the ‘standard’ 2.0 TDI.

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A 2.0 TFSI producing 190kW / 370Nm goes with the all-wheel drive version. In the Coupé, 0-100 takes 5.8sec (six for the Sportback) and both top out at 250km/h. The combined 5.9 litres/100km potential is the same for either silhouette.

At the top end of the scale, a V6 TDI making 164kW is offered in conjunction with all-wheel drive and S tronic transmission in the Coupé, and appears in 215kW form exclusively linked to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission in the Sportback. The former reaches 100km/h in 6.2sec and 250km/h despite  4.74 litres combined being possible.

Audi A5/S5 Coupes in UK showrooms Image: Audi UK / Newspress
Audi A5/S5 Coupes in UK showrooms Image: Audi UK / Newspress

Drawing on a turbocharged V6 TFSI that delivers 265kW / 500Nm (1370-4500rpm, the S5 Coupé and Sportback share 4.7sec 100km/h and each can reach a (limited) 250km/h. An integrated exhaust manifold, new combustion technology and a freewheeling function embedded in the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission all contribute to lower consumption than that of their predecessors, resulting in 7.42 litres/100km combined, a little less for the Coupé and Sportback.

SE, SPORT AND S-LINE SPECIFICATION

In keeping with the rest of the Audi range, the hierarchy for A5 Coupé and Sportback consists of SE, Sport and S-line spec levels. The lead-in SE has more equipment than ever, including a number of infotainment and driving assistance systems.

These range from the Audi smartphone interface connection hosting Apple Carplay and Android Auto and front and rear parking radar. The forward system doubles as collision warning that will initiate emergency braking, and multi-collision braking to reduce further impacts through full braking.

Also new to the A5 range is the Audi Connect safety and service package. An embedded SIM card enables occupants to dial an emergency or assistance call service with a one-touch button function from inside the car.

Audi A5/S5 Coupes in UK showrooms Image: Audi UK / Newspress
Audi A5/S5 Coupes in UK showrooms Image: Audi UK / Newspress

All SE models have 17″ alloy wheel rims,  xenon headlights and diode daytime running lights. Further highlights include three-zone  aircon and a power operation for the tail hatch on the Sportback models (coupés have with an electric boot-release).

Sport models build on this further by incorporating a diode interior lighting pack, power adjustment for the sport seats and four-way lumbar support and SD card-based satnav.

‘Standout’ features on the sharper S-line in addition to the standard enhancements include 18″ alloy wheel rims, sport suspension, diode front and rear lights and front sport seats.

S5 COUPE AND SPORTBACK SET THE PACE

On the top rung of Audi’s sporting corporate ladder is the S5 quattro, identified by specific S-grade upgrades that, Audi says, “subtly convey their performance potential”. In addition to standard quad oval tailpipes and aluminium-effect external mirror housings, S5 logos adorn the grille, front wings and tail. Part-polished 19″ alloy wheels rims contain S sport suspension components and uprated brakes, while a matt aluminium finish extends to the rear diffuser and inlays around the air inlets and radiator grille.

‘Misano’ red and ‘Navarra’ blue paint is exclusive to this model.

Nappa leather extends to the front S sport seats that include lumbar support, pneumatic adjustment and a massage function. Satnav Plus and a three-year subscription to Audi Connect is included in the UK.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT ADVANCMENTS

Separately on S5 models, a sport differential can complement the quattro drivetrain for more targeted torque distribution to the rear wheels, improving stability at speed through curving roads.

Most forward-thinking advancements in technology can now supplement the already extensive standard equipment list, from the Audi virtual cockpit and Matrix diode lights to a head-up display and Bang & Olufsen 3D audio system. In terms of drving assistance, there’s ‘following’ cruise control with stop/go, up to 60km/h to handle traffic congestion.

A similarly innovative feature is a “predictive efficiency assistant” which uses route data to calculate when free-wheeling or engine braking can be automatically applied.

Audi A5/S5 Coupes launched in SA. Image: Audi SA / Motorpress
2016 Audi A5/S5 Coupes and Sportbacks launched in UK. Image: Newspress

 

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