Fresher look, more technology for Audi’s stylish two-door.

“Our coupes turn every day into a holiday for our customers,” proclaimed Audi chairman of the board Rupert Stadler as he revealed the all-new A5 and S5 coupes in Germany today. Related to the 2017 Audi A4 sedan, the new coupes arrived with an evolutionary design but significant mechanical and technology upgrades.

“We have more performance and better fuel economy, much more space, and the standard spec brings our midsize coupes to the level of a luxury car,” Stadler continued.

Visually, the new Audi A5 and S5 don’t take a huge leap forward from their predecessors, instead tightening up the basic design language of the smart two-doors. Increased use of aluminum and high-strength steels helps cut weight by about 132 pounds, even though the car is 1.8 inches longer, and offers more interior and trunk room, and the resculpted exterior cuts a super-efficient 0.25 drag coefficient.

The Audi A5 will offer five different engines in Europe, and though few specs were shared, Stadler says they will be up to 20 percent more powerful than the old model’s engines while also cutting fuel consumption by about 20 percent. In the U.S. market, expect the Audi A5 to offer the same powertrain as the A4 sedan, meaning a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four good for 252 horsepower. Most models will use a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, though European buyers can also opt for a six-speed manual, and an eight-speed automatic will be offered on the S5 and the top-spec 3.0-liter turbodiesel.

As with the new S4 sedan, the new Audi S5 packs Audi’s new 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine. It delivers 354 hp, with the sprint to 62 mph taking just 4.7 seconds. The S5 wears a sportier body kit and receives commensurate braking and handling upgrades to match its power, as well as special S-Line interior components. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.

New technology largely mirrors what is offered on the 2017 Audi A4, including the brand’s cool Virtual Cockpit fully digital instrument cluster, new active safety technology including exit warning and pre-collision braking, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration in the infotainment system. The A5 is also the first Audi to come with a new “unlimited” SIM card that works across Europe, without roaming charges, for in-car connectivity. The list of standard equipment (in European models) has grown to include LED head- and taillights, Bluetooth, Audi pre sense city pre-collision braking, and a 7-inch infotainment display.

Audi says the car’s chassis has been designed to be equally as comfortable on long highway trips as nimble on back roads, with a new electrohydraulic power steering setup said to provide “highly precise road feedback.”

Order books for the new Audi A5 and S5 open this July, with the first deliveries scheduled for the fall. The will reach the U.S. sometime after that, possibly in in 2017, with official specs and pricing figures for this market revealed closer to that time.

Source: Audi

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