The price of cutting a dash in the Audi A5 coupe has been further lowered by the economical new 53 mpg A5 2.0 TDI, which is currently available to order now in front-wheel-drive and Quattro all-wheel-drive configurations valued from £28,485 OTR (€35,250 or $44,850), and will reach markets in the UK beginning in March 2009. Its opening also correspond with the unveiling of the even more arresting S line specification for all A5 versions, offered at a premium of £2,250 (€2,784 or $3,540) over standard trim.
Following its performance coupe positioning, the A5 utilizes the most powerful, 170 hp variant of the latest generation 2.0-liter TDI unit originally seen in the A4 Saloon and Avant. Improved by a sophisticated common rail piezo fuel injection system, the high-tech unit makes its remarkable 350 Nm torque output available from just 1,750 rpm, and by taking full advantage of this through the standard six-speed manual transmission the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration can be attained in just 8.3 seconds in the front-wheel-drive model.
This strong performance is reinforced by fuel efficiency with 53.3mpg on the total cycle is 20 per cent more frugal than the already economical A5 2.7 TDI (44.1mpg), and CO2 output at 140g/km is 9 per cent lower on the next lowest rival, the A5 2.0 TFSI (154g/km).
The considerably enhanced refinement of the latest common rail TDI and the stylishness of the aluminum-rich five-link front and trapezoidal link rear suspension makes for smooth progress in the A5 2.0 TDI, aided by its longest-in-class wheelbase. The new position of the front wheel axle permits shorter overhangs and much enhanced axle load distribution also works in favor of balance handling and speed, characteristics which are especially obvious in the Quattro variant with its newest generation system with 40/60 front-to-rear power sharing.
Still quicker response is offered to drivers who opt for the optional Sport upgrade, which together with 18-inch 10-spoke V-design alloy wheels and sports seats brings sports suspension that has been lowered by 20mm. This suspension configuration is also integrated as part of the new S line specification available for all A5 models, which features 18-inch 5-spoke S line alloy wheels, an limited S line front and rear bumper design, side sill extensions, S line treatments for the interior and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
S line subscribers also have the choice to specify an even more driver-focused S line suspension at no extra cost. A5 Sport models carry a premium of £950 (€1,175 or $1,500) over their standard counterparts in each case, and new S line versions a price tag of £2,250 (€2,784 or $3,540) over standard specification.