I’ve always been a big fan of the Audi A5 – and this new one has reinvigorated my interest 10-fold.
Seven years after the original A5 Sportback was released, the updated model is now on its way. Both inside and out have been heavily worked to make sure the newest Audi stays at the top of the modern car charts.
The exterior looks like the engineers were sent into the wind tunnel along with a picture of the Tesla P90 and told to make it work. From these early renderings, it looks to have worked.
Audi explains that they “have brought together dramatic shapes and athletically taut surfaces in the design of the new A5 Sportback” – whatever that means?
At first glance, the interior looks the same, but there are actually some subtle differences. The touch screen is now 8.3″, it has 10 Gb of flash storage and a DVD player. iPhone’s and Android connect to the new system and it offers wireless charging. Bang and Oluflsen have supplied the 19 Speaker Sound System (with 3D sound) so you can rest easy knowing you’re new A5 can make your ears bleed. You also get an “Audi Tablet” so your (small) back seat passengers can enjoy the ride.
Driving has been made easier too, with Audi’s Stop&Go adaptive cruise control doing the hard work at speeds up to 65km/h. Audi claim it will brake, accelerate, stop and go without any assistance from the driver. But on the downside, they have added a “predictive efficiency assistant”, that will use GPS data to give you advice on how to best save fuel… sure… great idea…
Other safety features include turn assist, park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, camera-based traffic sign recognition, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist.
You have a choice between two TFSI engines and three TDI engines. Early fuel claims suggest Audi have reduced their fuel consumption by up to 22% whilst engine output has increased by up to 17% – I’m sure there will be some pretty stringent tests before these go to far.
But the best part is the V6 engine. The turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 TFSI Petrol engine produces 260Kw and 500Nm of torque. Audi claim 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. That’s not exactly shabby.
The new A5’s are expected to arrive in Australia mid 2017 and I for one can’t wait. These have always been my favourite Audi’s and I can’t wait to see them in the flesh.