Audi unveils TDIe versions of A5 Sportback and Coupe models

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 6, 2012

The newest Audi A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback lineups will be offered with two very efficient Audi TDIe engines, two body styles applauded for their enviable curves, and a striking new SE Technik specification. These well-proportioned ranges both come with the latest 2.0-litre TDIe engine that produces 163PS with a CO2 emissions figure of 115g/km and the potential for as much as 64.2mpg.

Audi A5 Sportback comes with a 136PS version of this unit, bearing a similar combination of features. Its appeal rises with its starting price of £27,320 OTR, giving it the recognition as the most cost-effective TDI in the new generation A5 range.

The four-cylinder diesel engines have low internal friction for the most optimal operating efficiency, variable turbine geometry for the sharpest response across the rev range and a new centrifugal governor in a dual-mass flywheel intended to provide further refinement. The new, lighter flywheel boosts engine response at low revs.

As a result, it allows earlier up-shifts to make driving more efficient. The A5 Sportback 2.0 TDIe 136PS is capable of sprinting from zero to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, hitting a top speed of 132mph, and offering as much as 64.2mpg, according to the official combined cycle test. It also has a very low CO2 emissions level of 117g/km.

The 163PS version decreases the acceleration time to 8.7 seconds and raises the top speed to 137mph, but it continues to be able to achieve as much as 62.8mpg with an insignificant increase in CO2 emissions to 118g/km. The 163PS engine, when used in the Coupe, offers an even better performance. It enables the TDIe to reach 62mph in 8.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 140mph.

It also improves economy to 64.2mpg and lowers the CO2 output to just 115g/km, the lowest level in the revised range. All these engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Aside from the new ‘e’ units, the TDI range in the A5 Sportback still comes with the 143PS and 177PS versions of the 2.0-litre engine, as well as the 3.0-litre V6 TDI in 204PS and 245PS forms. This last one is partnered to the quattro all-wheel-drive without exception. The A5 Coupe features the 177PS 2.0-litre TDI and the two V6 TDIs.

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‘E’ IS FOR EVEN GREATER EFFICIENCY IN NEW AUDI A5 TDI MODELS

Two Audi TDIe engines famed for their frugality, two body styles coveted for their curves and an attractive new SE Technik specification join forces to highly desirable effect in the latest A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback ranges. The beautifully proportioned pair share the latest 2.0-litre TDIe engine delivering 163PS with CO2 output of as little as 115g/km and the potential for up to 64.2mpg. The Sportback also offers a 136PS version of this unit with a very similar blend of attributes, and combines this with a very attractive starting price of £27,320 OTR, making it the most cost-effective TDI in the new generation A5 range.

Both four-cylinder diesel engines are characterised by low internal friction for optimum operating efficiency, variable turbine geometry for the sharpest possible response across the rev range and a new centrifugal governor in a dual-mass flywheel designed to further boost refinement. The new, lighter flywheel also improves engine response at low revs and therefore permits earlier up-shifts for more efficient driving.

The A5 Sportback 2.0 TDIe 136PS can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, reach a top speed of 132mph where conditions allow and return up to 64.2mpg according to the official combined cycle test, equating to impressively low CO2 output of 117g/km. The 163PS version reduces the acceleration time to 8.7 seconds, increases the top speed to 137mph and yet is still able to achieve up to 62.8mpg with a negligible increase in CO2 output to 118g/km.

In the Coupe the 163PS engine fares even better, pushing the TDIe to 62mph in 8.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 140mph, raising economy to 64.2mpg and taking CO2 to 115g/km, the lowest level in the revised range. In each case these engines are linked exclusively to six-speed manual transmission.

In addition to the new ‘e’ units the TDI range in the A5 Sportback continues to include 143PS and 177PS versions of the 2.0-litre engine, and the 3.0-litre V6 TDI in 204PS and 245PS forms, the latter linked to quattro all-wheel-drive without exception. The A5 Coupe is available with the 177PS 2.0-litre TDI and the two V6 TDIs.

New SE Technik specification for all four-cylinder TDIs

In both Sportback and Coupe models all the four-cylinder TDI engines can be combined with a new, highly cost effective SE Technik specification seen first in the A4 Saloon and Avant ranges. At a premium of £1,000 on top of the SE model price for the Sportback or £500 on top of the SE price for the Coupe, it adds DVD satellite navigation, Audi Music Interface (AMI) iPod connection, the Audi Parking Plus system with front and rear sensors and cruise control to the familiar SE equipment list.

In both models SE specification already includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Milano leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a colour Driver’s Information System (DIS). Both TDIe engines are also available allied to Standard, SE and S line trim in the A5 Sportback, and Standard and SE in the Coupe.

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New Bunch of Fives from Audi – New TDIe versions of the A5 Coupe and Sportback bring 64.2mpg economy potential with CO2 outputs as low as 115g/km, and are available in conjunction with a new cost-effective SE Technik specification priced from £27,320 OTR.

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