New Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron in special wrap seen at 2017 Worthersee Meeting

Article by Christian A., on May 26, 2017

The largest gathering of Volkswagen and Audi cars in Europe is underway, and the German premium carmaker is displaying the third model of its G-Tron range at the 2017 Worthersee Meeting wrapped in special finish and with apparent aesthetic tweaks.

Audi unveiled the production version of the new Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Before the model’s eventual introduction to the market in early summer, Audi is making sure that the new G-Tron car gains more attention from the public by showcasing a one-off variant at the Worthersee Meeting.

The A5 Sportback G-Tron at Worthersee sports a customized two-tone exterior to make it more appealing. However, it isn’t a fully modified unit, unlike the VW GTI First Decade concept that is also being displayed at the event. Around two-thirds – starting from the front end -- of the exterior of this one-off A5 Sportback G-Tron is wrapped in dark grey finish. It then blends with a honeycomb blue finish on the rear side doors. This finish completely dominates the rear end of the one-off A5 Sportback G-Tron.

This Worthersee display also features blue accents that are present in the headlights. It comes with two-tone alloy wheels, blue calipers black rear spoiler as well as tinted rear lighting units. “G-Tron” badging is found on the front doors and above the rear window. The interior of the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron features Alcantara seats as complemented by blue stitching and carbon fiber trim. “G-Tron” badging is found on the front seats.

Audi’s G-Tron models are actually powered by conventional engines that run on gasoline (petrol) but that are also capable of running on CNG (compressed natural gas). The upcoming A5 Sportback G-Tron follows the G-Tron versions of the A3 Sportback and the A4 Avant. The A5 G-tron is powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine that delivers 125 kW (170 hp) of output and 270 Nm (199.1 lb.-ft.) of torque.

What makes G-Tron models appealing is that they boast of greater fuel efficiency than their conventional counterparts. For instance, a gasoline-powered A5 Sportback with S tronic consumes 5.6 liters of fuel and emits 126 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. On the other hand, the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron with S tronic consumes just 3.8 kilograms of gas per 100 kilometers and emits 102 grams of carbon dioxide per km.

In the NEDC cycle, the A5 Sportback G-Tron could travel up to 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) using just CNG. As soon as the pressure in the tank drops below 10 bar – signifying around 0.6 kilograms (1.3 lb) of CNG remaining, the engine management seamlessly switches to gasoline power, which extends the range of the A5 Sportback G-Tron by 450 kilometers (279.6 miles).

Source: Audi

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