The first concrete evidence that Audi is working on the successor to the A5 has surfaced with these first spy photos of a chassis mule.

The first concrete evidence that Audi is working on the successor to the A5 has surfaced with these first spy photos of a chassis mule. The two quick fasteners and the large amount of computer equipment on the passenger seat give the game away on this particular model.

Given that the facelift has been on the market for a couple of years, the timing is about right for mule testing to begin ahead of a launch in 2016. We could expect to see the model debut sometime during 2015 with the Frankfurt motor Show being a strong contender for the honor.

Volkswagen Group's MLB platform will provide the underpinnings to the model and it will lose roughly 90kg (200lbs) of weight compared to its predecessor.

Engine options will include a 2.0-liter turbo, a 3.0-liter turbochanrged V6 for the S5 while the RS5 will get Audi’s latest twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8.

A six-speed manual transmission will come as standard with the option of a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic on offer as well.

 

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