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THE NEW AUDI A5 / AUDI S5 Press Releaseclick photos to enlarge
highly emotionally charged segment of the market: the A5 successfully unites the acclaimed Audi
design language and thrilling dynamic driving performance, and combines generous refinement with
the brandís characteristic quality and sophistication. Its progressive design gives the new coupe an
appearance that is both elegant and dynamic. With its muscular FSI and TDI engines, its entirely
newly developed high-precision running gear, and a raft of innovative, luxury-class equipment
features, the Audi A5 has been crafted to be a modern grand tourer, a touring coupe in the best
The Audi S5 is an extra sporty offering to complete the new series. A powerful V8 FSI engine gives
the S5 a dynamic edge, which underscores its athletically accentuated design. The A5 and S5 are
available to order from 6 March 2007 with the first vehicles due for delivery from June.
The Nuvolari quattro concept car of 2003 gave a first taste of Audiís vision for a powerful and
expertly styled coupe with a high performance potential and a progressive, sophisticated design - a
bold step into the future.
Many elements from the Nuvolari have been adopted in the Audi A5. The new coupe is a clear and
unique statement of sportiness and elegance. At the same time, the A5 offers a driving experience
characterised by exhilarating dynamic performance and excellent comfort over long distances.
With a length of 4.63 m, the Audi A5 clearly belongs to a superior class of coupe. Four comfortable
seats and a load volume of 455 liters make this car a comfortable long-distance tourer.
The engines' power can be transmitted by either front-wheel drive or quattro four-wheel drive and
a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The running gear developed for the A5 is entirely new
and combines agile handling with the utmost driving safety.
Quite simply a desirable coupe
For coupe buyers, emotion plays a major role in their choice of car; the most important reason to
buy, in the case of a sporty two-door car, is the design. And on that point the Audi A5 genuinely
speaks for itself - its design takes Audi's progressive and stylish design language to new heights.
The sporty silhouette, the precisely drawn lines, which gracefully interplay with the powerful
surfaces, the expressive front face, and the equally distinctive tail end yield a wholly desirable
coupe. ďThe Audi A5 is the most beautiful car I have ever designed', says Walter de'Silva, Head of
Volkswagen Group Design, with absolute conviction.
models. Naturally the A5 is particularly rich in these elements of the Audi 'genetic code', and the
design makes that immediately clear: the coupe's proportions, for instance, are characterised by a
very wide and low stance, a short front overhang and a long, flowing transition from the C pillar to
the tail end.
Lines and surfaces play with light and shadows
An expression of determination characterises the features of the front end: the face bears the
hallmark of the new Audi in the form of the single-frame grille, and its right-angled headlights and
large air inlets reinforce the architectural impression of breadth in the car's face-on outline. The
same holds true for the rear: the distinct horizontal lines and wide, powerfully styled tail lights,
which seem to push outwards, underscore the sporting intent of the A5.
sporty appeal, but also creates a look reminiscent of the legendary Audi Ur-quattro.
A second stylistic tribute to Audi's four-wheel drive pioneer model can be found in the marked
outline of the wheel arches, with their curving contours drawn into the wide shoulder line. The lines
and surfaces of the Audi A5 play with light and shadows, bringing its shape to life and endowing
the body with the sculpted intensity that makes Audi design unique.
Audi's customary devotion to detail is particularly evident in the headlights: their elaborate styling
perfectly reflects precision and high-tech engineering. The daytime running lights, comprising a
strip of eight LEDs on each side, make the A5's xenon plus headlights absolutely unmistakeable.
The luxurious perfection of an Audi
The interior, the interface between person and vehicle, is characterised by ergonomic design and
functionality, and equally by the exclusiveness of the materials selected and Audi's typically superb
build quality. An atmosphere in which you feel perfectly at ease, even on long journeys - that is
the key feature of the A5 interior.
Making interior design a high-quality tactile experience
The entire cockpit architecture is clearly focused on the driver and brings together the instruments
and the centre console to form one unit. The animated shapes, the precision of the workmanship,
and the sophisticated design of the controls - these represent a visual delight that is also a joy to
touch. The interior design provides a high-quality tactile experience each time you drive the Audi
A5. One example of the all-encompassing design approach can be found in the door panel trim,
where the controls, inlays, armrest and stowage compartment combine to form one visually
The instrument panel, with the characteristic droplet-shaped surrounds for the speedometer and rev
counter, does feature typical Audi styling elements, but in all its details has been developed as a
The A5 also has the screen of the MMI operating system positioned at an ergonomically perfect
high position in the cockpit. A new advanced version of the acclaimed intuitive MMI operating logic
makes the wide range of functions easy to understand.
Key with a sharp memory
The new key is another design item that also provides sophisticated functionality. With its soft
contours and pleasant surfaces it sits beautifully in the hand. But above all, the innovative key
dispenses with the conventional key bit. This is possible because it communicates electronically
with the vehicle's electrical system as soon as it is inserted into the cockpit. It can also store
important information, such as the vehicle's current mileage or warning messages from the Audi
A5's driver information system. The data are always up-to-date and available to allow after-sales
staff at a dealership to receive the vehicle for servicing quickly and easily.
For powerful driving pleasure
A coupe with a distinctly sporty character requires powerful and highly efficient engines. For the
Audi A5, power is provided by innovative technologies across the board. All engines supplied for
the new model series feature direct fuel injection, for which the petrol engines employ the FSI
concept and the diesels are equipped with common rail TDI. This gives all engines a thrilling
free-revving character, allowing them to effortlessly unwind their generous torque with optimum
energy efficiency. The refined TDI engines with their outstanding sporting talents suit the A5 just
as well as the petrol units. Which type to go for is entirely a question of the driver's personal
preference. All of the engines impressively demonstrate that efficiency and driving pleasure are by
no means mutually exclusive.
FSI - The high-tech engine with variable valve lift
The top-of-the-range petrol engine in the Audi A5 is a new 3.2-liter FSI with innovative valve gear
comprising the Audi valvelift system. This innovation varies the valve lift between two levels. To
achieve this, sets of sliding cams are mounted directly on the intake camshafts. These feature two
sets of adjacent cam contours for small and large valve lift. Which cam is used to open the intake
valves depends on the power demand at any one time.
The effect is an appreciable increase in engine efficiency. The driver benefits from greater power
and improved driveability, while enjoying a marked reduction in fuel consumption. At the wheel of
an Audi A5 3.2 FSI there is a whole 195 kW (265 bhp) of power output available and a superb
torque of 330 Nm in a broad rev band of 3,000 to 5,000 rpm, ensuring blistering acceleration at all
times. Within 6.1 seconds the 3.2 FSI quattro with manual six-speed gearbox sprints from 0 to
100 km/h. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h. Despite this thrilling performance potential the
car's fuel consumption is only 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers (3.2 FSI multitronic).
Thanks to a whole raft of technical innovations in the petrol engines, their fuel economy has been
significantly improved, thus yielding a marked reduction in CO2 emissions.
TDI - Impressive performance combined with exemplary eco-friendliness
The V6 TDI units from Audi set the standards in their segment. Their copious torque and
outstanding fuel economy accompanied by superb refinement mean that they score highly on all
counts. In addition to all this, they offer eco-friendly performance that is hard to beat. The TDI
engines fitted in the Audi A5, for instance, are equipped with a diesel particulate filter as standard.
The sporty top-of-the-range TDI in the new Audi coupe is the thoroughly revised 3.0-liter engine.
It now delivers a power output of 176 kW (240 bhp) and its maximum torque is an immense
500 Nm. But that is not all: with its supreme 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 5.9 seconds and a
top speed of 250 km/h, the Audi A5 3.0 TDI quattro is one of the sportiest vehicles of its kind.
Added to this, it also offers an average fuel consumption of just 7.2 liters per 100 km!
The second TDI engine in the Audi A5 range offers even better fuel economy. The 2.7-liter V6
engine delivers 140 kW (190 bhp) and is an ideal complement to the multitronic gearbox for the
comfort-minded coupe driver. Nevertheless, its performance figures are more than impressive: it
offers a top speed of
232 km/h with an average fuel economy of 6.7 liters per 100 km. On top of that, its acceleration
time of just 7.6 seconds confirms the sporty credentials of this version of the Audi A5.
The Audi A5 2.7 TDI multitronic is equipped with front-wheel drive, while the 3-liter TDI with
manual gearbox constantly supplies power to all four wheels. As in numerous other Audi models,
the quattro permanent four-wheel drive in the Audi A5 enhances driving dynamics by distributing
40 percent of engine power to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle at its basic setting.
The system adjusts the power distribution depending on the situation and road surface grip.
multitronic with eight forward gears and sport mode
In the standard specification, the Audi A5 powertrain features a six-speed manual gearbox with
sporty ratios. This gearbox offers uniform short gear lever travel and smooth, easy gear changes.
The continuously variable multitronic automatic gearbox, which offers unparalleled power
transmission comfort, is available in conjunction with the
3.2 FSI and the 2.7 TDI engines. At the same time its high efficiency and tall maximum
transmission ratio make it very economical on fuel, since it operates in the most efficient range at
all times. Whenever the driver prefers a more sporty driving style, the gearbox can be switched to
a manual mode with eight set speeds.
The running gear
Precise instruments for agile handling
Even when stationary, the Audi A5 makes a dynamic impression: the wide track, large wheels and
short overhangs not only characterise its muscular appearance, they also form part of the formula
that produces its peerless active driving feel. The Audi A5 coupe defines the new standard in its
class for precise steering response, outstanding directional stability and superb agility, while also
offering first-class ride comfort.
The Audi engineers have achieved this with a completely new design of running gear: the front
wheels are located by a five-link suspension arrangement with upper and lower wishbones. The
wishbones are mounted on a subframe, which is firmly bolted to the body for high rigidity. Another
completely reengineered component is the rack and pinion steering. It is located in front of the
front axle close to the wheel centre line, and enhances the car's very agile handling by its direct
transmission of the steering forces.
Long wheelbase, short overhang
Overall, the front axle is located a long way forward for a longitudinal engine configuration with
front- and four-wheel drive. This new vehicle architecture makes it possible to have a long
wheelbase with a short front overhang, and to optimise the axle load distribution. These are all
additional elements that enhance the supreme handling qualities of the new Audi A5. To
accomplish this special design, the engineers used a trick adopted from the Audi A8: the front axle
differential is located in front of the clutch.
A key element of the rear running gear is its trapezoidal-link rear suspension with completely new
kinematics. It provides a high degree of ride comfort combined with excellent directional stability.
At both the front and rear, the main components of the suspension are made of aluminum. The
generous dimensions of the brakes are designed to match the car's high performance ratings. The
braking force can be precisely modulated and the kinematics of the new rear suspension
significantly reduce the so-called braking dive effect.
The standard electromechanical parking brake, familiar from the A8 and A6, is activated via a
button next to the gear lever. The A5 is also available with the option of Audi hold assist: this
ensures that the car cannot accidentally roll back after stopping on a hill.
Generous and superlatively solid
The Audi A5 is nothing if not generous to its driver and passengers. Its generosity begins with its
luxurious spaciousness - not just for the front row. On the rear seats, too, the A5 is a full-size
touring car. Likewise, with a luggage compartment volume of 455 liters, there is always space left
over for a bit of extra shopping, even on a long tour. The loading width of one metre allows easy
stowage of large items of luggage, and even well-filled golf bags will fit widthways into the Audi
A5 boot. The rear seat folds in two separate sections, and can be released conveniently from the
The extremely high bodyshell rigidity, typical of an Audi, provides the basis both for the car's crisp
handling and its agreeable feeling of solidness and comfort. In the development of the A5 the
engineers have successfully combined supreme sporty performance and agility with outstanding
vibrational comfort. Its lightweight body construction was achieved using the latest technologies,
such as metal plates with varying wall thicknesses (tailored blanks), combined spot welded and
bonded joints, and the use of aluminum, for example, in the front wings.
The smooth surfaces of the additional underbody panel enhance the Audi A5's inherently good
aerodynamics. One small but typical example of the extensive high-precision work carried out in
the wind tunnel can be seen in the spoilers moulded into the sides of the tail lights.
Luxury class high-tech features
Where equipment is concerned, the Audi A5 is characterised by a comprehensive standard
specification. This includes 17-inch alloy wheels along with automatic air conditioning, the MMI
information and operating system, an audio system with CD player and separate screen, and the
automatically opening boot lid. The new comfort key and the electromechanical parking brake are
also among the items included in the standard package.
The list of options offers even more luxury class high-tech: Audi adaptive light combines bi-xenon
headlights with the dynamic cornering light system and the LED strip of daytime running lights.
Keyless access for the doors and boot and keyless engine starting are all features of the advanced
key system. The deluxe automatic air conditioning system with three temperature zones allows the
passengers to adjust the climate for their individual comfort. The extra-large panoramic tilting roof
lends the A5 an especially generous feeling of open space. The Audi parking system advanced
features a rearview camera, helping to make tricky parking in cramped multi-storeys easily
The infotainment system is a special highlight of the options range. Alongside the navigation
system with DVD including MMI, DAB digital radio reception and DVB TV reception, this system
also offers pure delight for the ears: the premium sound system for the Audi A5 is supplied by the
Danish hi-fi specialist Bang & Olufsen. It comprises 14 speakers, 500 watts of music output,
surround sound, active driving noise compensation and, above all, the expertise of a worldwide
renowned specialist for high-end audio equipment, making every drive in the Audi A5 a delightful
A made-to-measure coupe
The decision to drive a coupe is always a very emotional one. That makes it all the more
important for a coupe to reflect the personal wishes and express the ideas of it owner. If any
coupe can fulfil special requests, it is the Audi A5: how about seat side sections in stone blue
Valcona leather, accompanied by seat centre sections in star silver leather, with matching interior
headlining also in star silver? To go with that, you can add aluminum hologram inlays or maybe
rather laurel wood? The customer has the choice: in terms of design variety, the Audi A5 is luxury
class in the full sense of the word, with two types of cloth, two leather varieties, the combination
of leather and Alcantara, five different inlays and a wide range of interior color schemes. Above
and beyond that, the Audi exclusive program from quattro GmbH can fulfil virtually every
For those looking for an even stronger sporting intent in the A5, the Audi S line offers an
extra-dynamic look. The S line exterior package comprises, for example, more distinctive bumpers
at the front and rear. The S line sports package includes items such as sports seats, steering wheel
and gear lever in perforated leather, black headlining, and special inlays. Even here, there is scope
for individual choice between matt aluminum, piano finish black or Vavona wood assam grey. The
18-inch alloy wheels and exclusive paint finishes underscore the look of the S line sports package,
while the sports suspension provides a distinct driving feel.
In a league of its own
The Audi S5
The Audi S5 is a unique competitor among high-performance coupes, thanks to its combination of
V8 FSI technology and quattro permanent four-wheel drive. The eight-cylinder engine with its
superb power delivery has worthy counterparts in the specially tuned sports suspension and
high-performance brakes. Subtle, but clear design elements inside and out serve to distinguish this
coupe as a high performance athlete in a league of its own. The Audi S5 goes on sale with the
launch of the Audi A5 series.
Engine and running gear
Fascination no figures can express
The figures alone are fascinating enough, but they only hint at the impressive driving experience
the S5 offers. The eight-cylinder engine has a rated power output of 260 kW (354 bhp). Its peak
torque is 440 Nm, which it already delivers at 3,500 rpm. Within just 5.1 seconds the Audi S5 can
sprint to 100 km/h. But no figures can adequately describe the supreme free-revving character, the
spontaneous response, the continuous power build-up, or the thrilling sound of this eight-cylinder
engine. The V8 naturally derives its enormous power potential from the innovative FSI direct
injection technology with high compression and optimum fuel mixture formation.
The six-speed manual gearbox with its very precise guiding of the gear lever and short throw
action makes every gear change a pleasure. The quattro permanent four-wheel drive of course
provides perfect traction with variable torque distribution from its basic setting of 40 percent to the
front and 60 percent to the rear axle. Within a fraction of a second, the dynamic drivetrain system
adapts to the current driving conditions and constantly delivers the ideal distribution of drive
The Audi S5's sports suspension is tuned to enhance the coupe's performance with particularly
dynamic handling. The special high-performance brakes, recognisable by their black painted brake
calipers, always ensure precise deceleration. And finally, the ESP electronic stabilisation program
can be deactivated in two stages whenever the driver wishes to exploit the potential of the Audi S5
to the full on a suitable stretch of road.
Design and interiors
Sporty aesthetics with clear functionality
While the design of the Audi A5 forms a balanced synthesis of sportiness and elegance, the Audi
S5 displays the more vigorous features of a powerfully built athlete: the radiator grille possesses
the specific look of an Audi S model - painted in platinum grey and fitted with vertical chrome
inlays. The front and rear bumpers have a more pronounced outline and the air inlet grilles are
more striking. The aluminum-look exterior mirror housings make an overtly sporty impression, as
do the color-keyed door sill trim and the dual-branch exhaust system with four oval tailpipes.
Nevertheless, the model's sporty attributes always have a functional aspect: for instance, the more
pronounced spoiler in the boot lid yields additional aerodynamic downforce.
However, true strength comes from within and the interior design of the
Audi A5 thoroughly underscores its athletic character. The sports seats, sports steering wheel,
instruments with grey dials and aluminum door sill plates provide a dynamic and refined
atmosphere. The program does, of course, provide ample scope to fulfil individual interior design
wishes: the inlays are one example - here the choice is between carbon, aluminum, stainless steel
or wood. After all, the Audi S5 should perfectly match its owner's individual ideas and
Alongside the coupe's 18-inch wheels with the new S design and 245/40 R 18 tires, the standard
equipment specification for the S5 features items such as xenon plus headlights with impressive
daytime running lights in the form of an LED light strip, or sports seats with electronic adjustment.
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