Audi releases second generation A5 and S5 Coupe

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 3, 2016

Audi is coming out with the second generation of the A5 Coupé, one that is elegant, sporty, and athletic. It was nine years ago, back in 2007, with the release of the first A5 that this Ingolstadt-based automaker revolutionized the mid-size segment.

Back then, it appeared as if the company managed to build work art thus it took the world by storm. With this second generation, the company hopes to show a model that comes with high-tech features and a new design that complements its sophisticated aerodynamics.

Underneath the body are a powerful engine and a new chassis, while the interior comes with driver assistance systems and advanced infotainment systems.

With new trim lines, Audi ensures that customers will be able to have more customization options not just for the exterior but even for the interior. In addition to the base model, the company will be offering as well the sport and design lines.

Both the Audi design selection and the S line sport package allow for customization of the interior. Meanwhile the S line exterior package allows for a more dynamic appearance.

Exterior Design

One of the motivations that led to this second generation variant is the goal of Audi’s designers to make a masterpiece that’s much more beautiful than the previous one. It appears that they have finally managed to answer this with the Audi A5 Coupé as it comes with a polished, modern, and fresh appearance.

Even then, it continues to be loyal to the original design DNA owing to its elegant and sport character. A good example of this is the 3D wave-shaped shoulder line that was embodied in the prior model.

This precise sweeping line has on the wheel arches more pronounced bulges which highlight the four wheels and give hints about its quattro all-wheel drive.

Enhancing even further the sportiness of the new model are the completely balanced proportions as seen in the short overhangs, the extended wheelbase, and the long engine hood.

The sculpted Singleframe grille is still present but it has been made wider and flatter. The use of LED lights in the rear and even the optional Matrix LED or LED headlights that comes with the dynamic turn signals ensures that this high-end technology can still be seen even at night.

Interior Design

Meanwhile the interior gets the benefit of the vehicle having a longer wheelbase and increased dimensions. As such, driver and passengers benefit with more space. The instrument panel with its horizontal architecture and the continuous air vent strip results in a sense of wide space.

As one might expect from the Audi, the build quality of the interior is indeed high. By utilizing materials of high quality with a wide selection of colors, a pleasant atmosphere is created. Its premium character is also focused on. Ambient lighting is offered as an option which highlights the interior through a selection of 30 different adjustable shades. Still on the interior, this mid-sized model is able to redefine the standard of aero-acoustics of its class.

As a result, the acoustic comfort provided by the interior of the A5 Coupé is almost on the same level as a luxury class model. The volume of the luggage compartment is 10 liters (0.4 cu ft) larger compared to the previous model and stands at 465 liters (16.4 cu ft). The seats in the rear can be folded in a 40:20:40 split and this can be done by simply using the levers that are found in its luggage compartment.

A two-door coupé offered by Audi comes with the optional gesture control which allows the luggage compartment to be opened by a simple foot motion. An optional trailer hitch meanwhile can be released electrically by merely pressing a button. Available for the first time as well is the Audi virtual cockpit which comes with the TFT 12.3-inch display with a 1,440 x 540-pixel resolution. When combined with the MMI navigation and the 8.3-inch monitor found in the center console, it shapes the vehicle’s central information unit.

Though the MMI terminal’s focal point is its round rotary pushbutton, on its surface is a touch-sensitive touchpad. It is through this touchpad that the driver can enter characters and use multi-finger gestures like zooming on a map for instance.

In fact, the entire MMI control logic works like a smartphone and even has that free intelligent text search function. With the addition of a new natural voice control system, input can be done by simply using everyday language like “I would like to call” followed by the name of the contact. For customers who decide to have the MMI navigation, they can get as well the hardware module known as Audi connect and even the Audi connect SIM wherein a SIM card is permanently installed inside the A5 Coupé.

With this, the vehicle can use the superfast LTE network in order to connect to the internet. For Germany, and even most countries in Europe, Audi connect services are free for three years. When needed, the system immediately chooses the relevant national provider. With or without the Audi connect services, customers can buy their own optional data packages for their own internet use through Wi-Fi hotspot.

Thus passengers are able to connect online and even send or receive email using a maximum of eight mobile devices, all at attractive rates. Another package offered as an option in the A5 Coupé is the Audi connect safety & service package. This particular package includes online roadside assistance and the Audi service request. There is also the automatic emergency call that’s activated in an accident.

It also has remote functions which can be used in conjunction with the MMI connect app on a smartwatch or smartphone. The remote function can even be used using a television like the fourth generation Apple TV. With this feature, it becomes possible to remotely call up the status of the vehicle, check where the vehicle is currently parked, and unlock or lock the vehicle.

By offering the Audi smartphone interface, the Android Auto and the Apple Car Play help bring that needed smartphone environment to the interior. Another option is the Audi phone box that allows wireless charging through the center armrest. What it does is utilize near-field coupling and link the smartphones wirelessly to the antenna. This is how it leads to inductive charging based on the Qi standard.

For hi-fi enthusiasts, offered as well are the Bang & Olufsen sound system and its advanced 3D sound. Inside the A5 Coupé, the intelligent blend of the various technologies improves the efficiency, comfort and safety that this model offers.


Once the A5 Coupé will be launched in Germany, customers will be given the choice of five different engines, two of which are TFSI units with the other three being TDI units. Power outputs for these engines have been increased and ranges from 140 kW (190 hp) to 210 kW (286 hp). Unlike the first generation version, performance is increased by 17% but fuel consumption is reduced by 22%. All of the engines boast of being smooth running, highly efficient, and high-powered.

This is true especially on two of the TDI 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines. Though the 3.0 TFSI unit is a new engine, it remains to be in a class of its own. This V6 turbo engine shows performance similar to a sports car and offers high efficiency. With a displacement of 2,995 cc, its six-cylinder engine has been enhanced to deliver power at 260 kW (354 hp), 15 kW (21 hp) greater when compared to the first generation. For each of the engines, the A5 Coupé is also offering drivetrain solutions that are customized to each one.

The four-cylinder engines are paired with the seven-speed S tronic and the six-speed gearbox. This is also the same for the 3.0 TDI 160 kW (218 hp) unit, whether it’s the front-wheel drive or the all-wheel version. Exclusive to both the S5 engine and the top diesel unit that delivers 210 kW (286 hp), is the eight-speed tiptronic. The two will also have the quattro all-wheel drive as standard. It does not stop there as the company will be offering as an option the rear-axle sport differential for those that want more precision and dynamic driving.

For the first time ever, the company will also be offering its Quattro equipped with ultra-technology though for now it can only be with the four-cylinder TFSI and the TDI units that are paired with manual transmission. Since the drive system has been optimized to be efficient, it will not show any noticeable differences to the permanent systems as it relates to driving dynamics and traction.

As mentioned earlier, one of the new things inside the A5 Coupé is its chassis, which is also its biggest strength. With the chassis, the driver gets to experience a high level of agility mixed with optimal comfort. Through this chassis, the A5 Coupé can easily handle with ease the Autobahn and its long trips and the winding and narrow mountain roads. The company is offering as an option the suspension that has damper control.

If availed, this is integrated to the Audi drive select, the dynamic handling system, which allows the driver to change its basic characteristics using multiple steps. Another new advancement from the company is the electromechanical power steering. The steering is able to adjust to the current speed of the vehicle which in turn gives precise road feedback.

There is also the dynamic steering, which can change the gear ratio and is dependent on the steering angle and the speed. However, this remains as an option. When it comes to the body, the A5 Coupé offers more efficiency when compared to the prior model. This is mostly due to the sophisticated aerodynamics and the reduction in its weight. In fact, the engineers working on the A5 Coupé have managed to lower the weight by 60 kilograms, or around 132.3 lb. Aside from the reduction in the weight, combining this with the lightweight design means that it has the lightest body in a competitive field. It also leads its class when it comes to aerodynamics given that drag coefficient is at 0.25.

Driver assistance systems

Audi is also working in order to take that next big step as it relates to piloted driving. With a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems being offered, it manages to set new standards in its class. When compared to the first generation version, most of the systems equipped inside have either been upgraded or are completely new.

Examples of these systems include the Audi active lane assist to make sure that the vehicle is always on its driving lane and the predictive efficiency assistant which makes sure that the driver is able to save fuel.

Meanwhile the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control when combined with the traffic jam assist gives the driver some relief when it comes to slow-moving traffic. There are other important and new safety features that include, among many others, the Audi pre sense systems, collision avoidance assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, park assist, and turn assist. While the A5 Coupé will be first launched in the German market, it will then be released in a number of European countries by the fall of 2016.

The new model is offered with a more generous lineup of standard equipment compared to the previous model. These include the xenon headlights that come with the LED daytime running lights as well as the rear lights and interior lights that use LED technology.

The height adjustable belt feeds, Audi pre sense city, and Audi drive select dynamic handling system are standard equipment as well. It also allows for USB charging functions, Bluetooth, and Audi MMI radio, which has a 7-inch MMI color display. Another useful feature is the multi-function three-spoke steering wheel, which in models that have automatic transmission, will have shift paddles placed on it.

The 2017 Audi S5 Coupe

When it comes to performance, the Audi S5 Coupé can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h, around 62.1 mph, in merely 4.7 seconds. Its V6 turbocharged engine has an output at 260 kW (354 hp) and uses fuel at 7.3 liters for every 100 km (32.2 US mpg).

Indeed, it is safe to say that the S5 Coupé performs like a sports car but it retains a dramatic elegance. Highlighting this two-door coupé’s dynamic character are the S-specific details on its interior and the S exterior design.

Press Release

Sporty elegance – the new Audi A5 and S5 Coupé

Audi revolutionized its mid-size class in 2007 with the A5. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker created a work of art that took fans around the world by storm. Nine years later marks the launch of the second generation – with a new, honed look and high tech everywhere. The new generation of the A5 Coupé* is athletic, sporty and elegant. Its design goes hand in hand with sophisticated aerodynamics. Under the skin the A5 impresses with an all-new chassis, powerful engines, and innovative infotainment features and driver assistance systems.
How do you make a design masterpiece even more beautiful? Audi designers have been pondering this question for years. The results are impressive: The new Audi A5 Coupé* sports a fresh, modern and honed look. It is nevertheless true to its DNA with the sporty and elegant character being passed down to the new version. The best example is the now three-dimensional wave-shaped shoulder line that already characterized the previous model. The precisely sweeping line with pronounced bulges over the wheel arches emphasizes all four wheels – a cue to the quattro all-wheel drive.

The perfectly balanced proportions with a long engine hood, the stretched wheelbase and short overhangs underscore the sportiness of the new A5 Coupé. The sculpted Singleframe grille is significantly flatter and wider than in the previous model. The LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals make high-end technology visible even after dark.

The new Audi A5 Coupé* will launch in Germany with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 140 kW (190 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp). Compared with the previous model, they offer up to 17 percent more performance while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel. All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

With its newly developed 3.0 TFSI, the Audi S5 Coupé* is now in a league of its own. The turbo V6 exhibits highly efficient, sports car-like performance. From its 2,995 cc of displacement, the boosted six-cylinder engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) of power, which is 15 kW (21 hp) more than the engine in the previous model.

The new Audi A5 Coupé* comes with a drivetrain solution tailor-made for each engine variant. The manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 160 kW (218 hp) 3.0 TDI with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 210 kW (286 hp) and the S5 engine*. Both engines come standard with quattro all-wheel drive. Audi also offers the optional rear-axle sport differential for even more dynamic driving and precision.

The new quattro with ultra technology is also available for the first time. At the moment it can be combined with the four-cylinder TFSI and TDI engines with manual transmission. Optimized for efficiency, the drive system does not exhibit any perceptible differences to permanent systems in terms of traction and driving dynamics.

The all-new chassis is among the strengths of the Audi A5 Coupé*. It offers the driver optimal comfort combined with a high degree of agility. The A5 thus handles narrow, winding mountain roads and long trips on the Autobahn with equal aplomb. Audi offers a suspension with damper control as an option. This is integrated into the dynamic handling system known as Audi drive select, which enables the driver to modify the basic characteristic in multiple steps.

The electromechanical power steering is also a new development from Audi. It adapts according to the vehicle’s current speed and provides highly precise road feedback. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.

The Audi A5 Coupé* is significantly more efficient than its predecessor. This is due in large part to a reduction in weight as well as sophisticated aerodynamics. The engineers were able to trim the curb weight by as much as 60 kilograms (132.3 lb). The body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, the A5 Coupé is also the segment leader with respect to aerodynamics.

The interior benefits from the increased dimensions and longer wheelbase. Space for driver and passengers is more generous. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a wide sense of space.

As is typical for Audi, interior build quality is uncompromisingly high. High-quality materials in a wide range of colors provide for a particularly pleasant ambiance and underscore the premium character of the mid-sized model. Optional ambient lighting highlights the interior with a choice of 30 adjustable shades. The new
A5 Coupé* also redefines the class benchmark for aeroacoustics. The acoustic comfort is almost that of a luxury class model.

The luggage compartment offers a volume of 465 liters (16.4 cu ft), 10 liters
(0.4 cu ft) more than with the previous model. The rear seat has a 40:20:40 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. Audi also offers the two-door coupé with optional gesture control for opening the luggage compartment lid via a foot motion. The optional trailer hitch is electrically released at the press of a button.

Display and controls
The A5 Coupé* is now available for the first time with the optional Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels. Together with the MMI navigation plus including 8.3-inch monitor on the center console, it forms the central information unit. The focal point of the MMI terminal is the round rotary pushbutton. Its surface is home to the touch-sensitive touchpad. The touchpad is used to input characters and also for multifinger gestures, enabling the driver to zoom in on the map, for example. The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including the intelligent free text search function. The new, more natural voice control system can recognize input made using everyday language, such as: “I would like to call Peter.”

Infotainment and Audi connect
Customers choosing MMI navigation plus automatically also get the hardware module Audi connect and the new Audi connect SIM, a SIM card permanently installed in the car. The new Audi A5 Coupé* uses this to connect to the Internet via the ultrafast LTE network. Use of the versatile Audi connect services is free of charge of three years, both in Germany and in most European countries. The respective national provider is selected automatically as needed.

Independent of the integrated Audi connect services, customers can also purchase optional data packages for individual Internet use using the Wi-Fi hotspot. This allows all passengers to surf the Web and send/receive email with up to eight mobile devices at attractive rates.

The A5 can also be equipped with the optional Audi connect safety & service package. This includes such functions as an automatic emergency call in the event of an accident, online roadside assistance and Audi service request as well as remote functions that can be used with the MMI connect app on a smartphone, smartwatch or – in conjunction with the fourth generation Apple TV – from a television. Examples include locking and unlocking the car, checking where the car is parked and calling up the vehicle status.

With the Audi smartphone interface, Apple Car Play and Android Auto bring the familiar smartphone environment to the car, if desired. The optional Audi phone box with wireless charging in the center armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle’s antenna and enables inductive charging according to the Qi standard. For very discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen sound system with its innovative 3D sound is available as an option.

Driver assistance systems
An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances the safety, comfort and efficiency of the new Audi A5 Coupé*. At the same time, Audi is also taking the next step toward piloted driving. The broad choice of innovative driver assistance systems sets standards in the segment. Compared with the previous model, nearly all of the systems are either completely new or have been extensively updated.

The predictive efficiency assistant helps the driver save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps keep the car on track in the driving lane, and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist offers the driver relief in slow-moving traffic. New and important safety features include the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre sense systems. Camera-based recognition of traffic signs rounds out the lineup.

The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in Germany and additional European countries in fall 2016. Compared with the previous model, the list of standard equipment is even more generous. Among the features included are xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, LED interior lights, the Audi MMI radio plus with 7-inch MMI color display, Bluetooth and USB charging function, the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel (including shift paddles in models with automatic transmission), height-adjustable belt feeds, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and Audi pre sense city.

New trim lines provide numerous customization opportunities, for both the interior and the exterior. Besides the base model, there are also the sport and design lines. The S line sport package and the Audi design selection are available for sophisticated customization, particularly for the interior. Audi offers the S line exterior package for a particularly dynamic appearance.

The Audi S5 Coupé
From 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.7 seconds. The new Audi S5 Coupé* combines dramatic elegance with the performance of a sports car. Its newly developed, turbocharged V6 engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) and consumes just 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (32.2 US mpg). The sharper S exterior design and the S-specific details in the interior underscore the dynamic character of the Audi two-door sports coupé.


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