Yes, it does look like a facelift rather than an all-new model. Perhaps Audi should have been a little bit more adventurous with the styling. Is the A5 still one of the sexiest cars in the company’s lineup? Definitely. The evolutionary looks have been applied on a more aerodynamic body with a drag coefficient of 0.25 (down from the previous model’s 0.29) and an overall length extended by 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters).
While the design is very familiar, hiding underneath the skin is basically a new car riding on the MLB Evo platform which has shaved off a healthy 132.3 pounds (60 kilograms), despite the increased footprint. By making it bigger than before, Audi has extended rear legroom and boosted the trunk’s capacity by 10 liters to 465 liters (16.4 cu. ft.), so the new A5 is more comfortable and practical than before.
The interior is basically carried over from the new A4 Sedan, including that fancy 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit which will be offered as optional equipment. The latest and greatest MMI comes with an 8.3-inch screen, touch-sensitive pad, and a rotary button, so there are plenty of ways to operate the infotainment system.
Engines, gearboxes, and drivetrains are obviously sourced from the A4s, and the hottest version available upon launch is going to be the S5. It rocks Audi’s newly developed turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with 354 horsepower (260 kilowatts), making it 21 hp (15 kW) stronger than the old S5. It’s enough punch to enable a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 4.7 seconds while returning a pretty decent 32.2 mpg (7.3 liters / 100 km).
Audi will launch the new A5/S5 Coupe in Germany and other European countries this fall, with the cars getting standard xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. LED taillights and interior lights are also standard, along with a seven-inch version of the MMI setup. Those willing to pay more will be able to opt for LED or matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals, the aforementioned 8.3-inch MMI and 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a multitude of other goodies.
Audi isn’t saying a word about the U.S. launch, but a leaked roadmap we published back in February revealed the two coupes are due to hit stateside in March 2017. The A5 and S5 will be joined in United States by the range-topping RS5 Coupe at some point in 2018.