The next generation of the Audi A5 is said to lose 100 kg (220 lbs) and won't be sold with a V8 engine.

The next generation of the Audi A5 is said to lose 100 kg (220 lbs) and won't be sold with a V8 engine.

Set to become a worthy adversary for the upcoming BMW 4-Series Coupe, the two-door version is rumored to arrive in early 2015, followed by a mid-2015 cabriolet version and an early-2016 Sportback variant.

The entry-level gasoline engine will be a 2.0-liter turbo with 177 bhp (132 kW), while the most popular diesel will probably be the 2.0-liter TDI with 197 bhp (147 kW). Another engine which should be available when the car comes out is a 2.0-liter TFSI turbo offering 227 bhp (169 kW).

The S5 will have a turbo V6 with 340 bhp (253 kW) and should be enough for a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.5s. RS5 in both coupe and cabrio flavors are planned, with both of them allegedly ditching the V8 of the current generation in favor of a twin-turbo V6 developing 475 bhp (354 kW).

There will also be a plug-in hybrid version with an electric motor and a 2.0-liter gasoline engine producing 225 bhp (168 kW). It should be capable of providing an electric range of up to 30 miles (48 km).

An optional Ultra pack will lower the A5's weight even further and should have smaller and lighter engine ancillaries, aluminum panels and hollow-spoke wheels.

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Next-gen Audi A5 to go on a 100 kg diet and lose V8 engine - report