2017 Audi A5 and S5 coupes officially revealed
After the updated A4 and S4 took the limelight, Audi has released the details regarding the all-new A5 and S5 coupe models for 2017. The exterior changes aren’t that huge, but are good enough to give the new models a fresh appearance.
The new models are based on the new MLB platform, just like the new A4. Thanks to the usage of lightweight aluminium and other composite materials, Audi has helped the A5 shed a good 59 kg. The old inverted trapezoidal grille gives way to the new hexagonal corporate one. The standard LED headlights are slightly slanted inwards flanking the more muscular hood. The models outside US may receive the optional LED Matrix headlights.
The 2017 A5 receives Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit, which includes a 12.3-inch TFT screen gauge cluster. An 8.3-inch screen is placed on top of the centre console which is a part of the MMI infotainment system. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are standard, while a Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D sound is optional. 40/20/40 split-folding pattern of the rear seats makes the available space really flexible. The new Audi A5 is also loaded with safety features like active lane assist, stop & go adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision mitigation.
The Audi A5 will be available with a bunch of petrol and diesel engines. The base 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol will be available, probably with a power bump as in the new A4. In the sedan model, the power was increased from 220 hp to 252 hp while the torque was hiked from 350 Nm to 370 Nm. As the official word on the A5 is not out yet, we still are not sure. The S5 on the other hand will receive a power advantage over its revised sedan brother even if they share the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit. The output of the S5 is pegged at 354 hp which is good enough to catapult the S5 from 0-100 kph in 4.7 seconds. A 7-speed dual-clutch and a 6-speed manual are the transmissions available for the A5. For the S5, they have officially announced that an 8-speed automatic will deliver power to the wheels.
By the end of this year, the A5 and S5 will be released in the European markets with the American markets in sight for early-2017. Expect it to come to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other GCC markets early next year as well.