Ingolstadt's next iteration of the premium compact coupe is being previewed in a couple of unofficial renders.

The next generation A8 (D5) due late 2016 / early 2017 will be the first Audi to fully use a new design language under the guidance of Marc Lichte so everything that will come out until then will be merely an evolution of the very familiar design that in recent times has been criticized for the lack of diversity among models.

After seeing the new A4 Sedan, it's really not that hard to imagine how the coupe version will look like and now Theophilus Chin has decided to help us out by rendering the new A5 which is due next year. The design might be a subtle refinement of the outgoing model, but underneath the skin is a brand new car riding on the MLB Evo platform which will bring an estimated weight loss of 100 kg (220 lbs) which is even more impressive if we take into account the new A5 will actually grow in size a little bit.

The engine lineup is already known as it will be sourced from the A4 so expect the following units:

  • 1.4 TFSI: 150 PS (110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft);  
  • 2.0 TFSI: 190 PS (140 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); 252 PS (185 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft);  
  • 2.0 TDI: 150 PS (110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); 190 PS (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft);  
  • 3.0 TDI: 218 PS (160 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft); 272 PS (200 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft).

Those who want more power will have to wait for the S5 Coupe allegedly set to employ a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 354 PS (260 kW). There's also going to be a new RS5 which could use a variation of the same engine but with e-turbo technology that could enable an estimated 480 PS (353 kW) output.

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