Pricing information and details about Audi’s facelifted A5 and S5 models -- the Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback models – have been released. These models will start to arrive in dealerships later this year. In the UK, the new A5 and S5 models have a starting price of £25,540 OTR.
Audi will start to take orders starting September and deliveries will begin in December. The A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI 170PS with a six-speed manual is the cheapest model. It has CO2 emissions of only 136 grams per kilometer. The Cabriolet range has a starting price of £29,450 OTR while the Coupe version of the A5 is priced from £26,490 OTR.
Notably, the 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine in the A5 Coupe and Cabriolet variants was replaced by a new 272PS version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 unit. The current 333PS version of this engine, which is used on the S5 Sportback and S5 Cabriolet, will replace the 4.2-litre, naturally aspirated V8 in the S5 Coupe.
At the base of this range, a totally redesigned 1.8-litre TFSI unit is featured. It offers innovations in several areas, including control of the valves and their lift, thermal management, fuel injection, turbocharging and the integration of the exhaust manifold.
Power has improved to 170hp from 160hp. It replaces the 180hp version of the four-cylinder 2.0-litre TFSI engine. The cabin was upgraded and now has a fresh set of color schemes and trims, modified switchgear and new online services option that includes Google Earth mapping as well as in-car internet access.
While the interiors of Audi’s cars have always been praised, the Audi A5 exceeds renowned standards with its reinvented design. Some of the details that have been changed in the cabin include steering a wheel that you can opt to have as flat-bottomed wheels, as well as the chrome clasps that frame the control units and the new steering wheel stalks. You also have the redesigned ignition key, the multi-use steering wheel controls, airconditioning and the seat ventilation and heating.
Further, if you are choosing automatic transmission, you will also find a redesigned selector lever, while those who opt to add the Audi drive select system will enjoy the new buttons. The instrument panel and center console also have bezels that feature a new finish. And if you are the type who likes customizing your car, then you will enjoy going through the new assortment of inlays and upholstery.
More improvements are seen in the MMI navigation plus add on. The controls have been redesigned and you now have a big hard drive and 3D graphics that you can fully appreciate on a full color seven-inch screen. The DVD player now features only four hard buttons, and a joystick cap has been added to the volume control to help you choose your tracks easily. The digital radio reception and voice control have also been tweaked.
The Cabriolet and Sportback varieties still have the S, SE and Standard line specifications. The Sportback may be fitted with three full seatbelts for the rear seats if you prefer that over the two seatbelts that are offered as standard.
Lastly, you have a new add on that is available for all A5 models: a mobile phone interface that includes online connectivity. You can now do a Points of Interest search or use Google Earth images for your navigation. But what’s more exciting is its capability to create a wireless local area network hotspot within your car, allowing passengers to connect to the Internet using their own devices.