Still no revolution
Nine years ago, the first Audi A5 was presented, said former Audi Chief Designer Walter de'Silva of the "most beautiful car I've ever drawn" - words that had some weight, given the already impressive portfolio of Italian. If Audi at the now featured new edition out of respect before de'Silva is based so closely on the design language of its predecessor?
Of course, the new A5 is a completely new car, which has virtually no part more in common with the previous model. It is based on the longitudinal modular (MLB) in its second form and belongs to the most modern, what is currently to get. The new architecture is intended for assistance and telematics systems of the upper class and for outstanding technologies such as the optional TFT full instrumentation. The futuristic instrument panel is based on which of the new A4, and that's a good thing.
Because the MLB-Evo architecture also for a reduction of weight by up to 60 kilograms is responsible, the A5 with the model change is a further more agile vehicle. Additional options such as a dynamic steering with variable translation or the so-called sport differential on the rear axle support depending on the Variant. A damper control is also available. An appropriately hochoptionierter A5 can move extremely dynamically on twisty roads.
5 engines provide thrust at the A5 to the launch: the 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine comes in two stages with 190 and 252 PS on the market, to get a 2.0-liter TDI with 190 HP and two variants of the silky smooth 3.0 litre V6 TDI, the 218 HP or deliver 286 hp. A six speed manual or a seven speed dual clutch automatic provides for the transfer of power to the front wheels or all four wheels depending on the execution.
At the high power - and torque-strongest V6 TDI, the Ingolstädter instead incorporate an eight course converter machine. This gear is used in the preliminary top model of series: the S5, which now has a 3.0-liter V6 with single-Turbo charging. The chain-driven, internally called EA839 unit provides proud 500 Newton metres (nm) of torque and 354 HP in this stage. Thus, the S5 takes only 4.7 seconds for the Sprint from 0 to 100 km/h; the top speed is governed at the mandatory 250 km/h - a value which can be easily reached also by weaker engines.
Audi as it were has sent in the "gym" the A5 - a terminus, also the design department likes to use to describe the Coupé. In fact convinced the two-door model in detail, such as the futuristic Interior graphics of front and tail lights, alloy rims available in sizes from 17 to 20 inches or the decor elements, whose brilliance reminiscent of liquid metal.
At the same time it fails the A5 to set new standards. The characteristic wavy line appears when compared to the study of Audi by 2014 prologue old-fashioned and pale. And at the bottom of the doors, the horizontal lines dancing. Runs from the front fender in turn a workless decorative inserts in the door: the vehicle body of the new A5 altogether too much is going on to even speak of cool sophistication.
In the autumn it is to reflect a five-door hatchback offshoot called A5 Sportback, and in time to the upcoming convertible season Audi launched the A5 cabriolet with electric soft top. Up and out comes a RS5 with around 450 HP, with a V6 Biturbo, the place of the previous V8 suction occurs.
4 with the BMW, Cadillac ATS Coupé, which makes c-class Lexus RC series and the Mercedes-Benz Coupé the new Audi A5 to formidable competitors. Technically he performs compared to its predecessor a big step; the design revolution is postponed however until further notice. (ampnet/jm)