Audi has launched a fascinating new model series for its entry into an emotionally charged segment of the market. The A5 successfully unites the acclaimed Audi design language and thrilling dynamic driving performance and combines generous refinement with the brand’s characteristic quality and sophistication. Its progressive design gives the new coupe an appearance that is both elegant and dynamic. With its muscular FSI engine, its newly developed high-precision running gear, and a raft of innovative, luxury-class equipment features, the Audi A5 has been crafted to be a modern grand touring coupe in the best tradition.
The Audi S5 is an extra sporty offering to complete the new series. A powerful V8 FSI engine gives the S5 a dynamic edge, which underscores its athletically accentuated design.
The Nuvolari quattro concept car of 2003 provided a first taste of Audi’s vision for a powerful and expertly styled coupe with a high performance potential and a progressive, sophisticated design – a bold step into the future.
Many elements from the Nuvolari have been adopted in the Audi A5. The new coupe is a clear and unique statement of sportiness and elegance. At the same time, the A5 offers a driving experience characterized by exhilarating dynamic performance and excellent comfort over long distances.
With a length of 182.1 in., the Audi A5 clearly belongs to a superior class of coupe. The dynamic performance is supplied by a V6 FSI engine with rated power of 265 hp.
The engine’s power is transmitted by quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The running gear developed for the A5 is entirely new and combines agile handling with the utmost driving safety.
For coupe buyers, emotion plays a major role in their choice of car; the most important reason to buy, in the case of a sporty two-door car, is the design. On that point the Audi A5 genuinely speaks for itself – its design takes Audi’s progressive and stylish design language to new heights. The sporty silhouette, the precisely drawn lines that gracefully interplay with powerful surfaces, the expressive front face, and the equally distinctive tail end yield a wholly desirable coupe. “The Audi A5 is the most beautiful car I have ever designed,” Walter de’Silva, head of Volkswagen Group Design, says with absolute conviction.
Sportiness, elegance and dynamic performance are characteristics common to all of today’s Audi models. Naturally, the A5 is particularly rich in these elements of the Audi “genetic code,” and the design makes that immediately clear: the coupe’s proportions, for instance, are characterized by a very wide and low stance, a short front overhang and a long, flowing transition from the C pillar to the tail end.
The interior, the interface between person and vehicle, is characterized by ergonomic design and functionality and equally by the exclusiveness of the materials selected and Audi’s typically superb build quality. An atmosphere in which one feels perfectly at ease, even on long journeys, is the key feature of the A5 interior.
The entire cockpit architecture clearly is focused on the driver and brings together the instruments and the center console to form one unit. The animated shapes, the precision workmanship, and the sophisticated design of the controls represent a visual delight that also is a joy to touch. The interior design provides a high-quality tactile experience whenever someone drives the Audi A5. One example of the all-encompassing design approach can be found in the door panel trim, where the controls, inlays, armrest and storage compartment combine to form one visually harmonious unit.
A coupe with a distinctly sporty character requires a powerful and highly efficient engine. The engines supplied for the new model series feature direct fuel injection. This gives the engine a thrilling free-revving character, allowing it to effortlessly unwind its generous torque with optimum energy efficiency.
The engine in the Audi A5 is a new 3.2-liter FSI with innovative valve gear comprising the Audi valve lift system. The innovation that varies the valve lift between two levels is achieved by sets of sliding cams that are mounted directly on the intake camshafts. They feature two sets of adjacent cam contours for small and large valve lift. Whichever cam is used to open the intake valves depends on the power demand at any one time.
The effect is an appreciable increase in engine efficiency. The driver benefits from greater power and improved driveability while enjoying a marked reduction in fuel consumption. The Audi A5 3.2 FSI engine produces 265 hp and a superb torque of 243 ft. lbs. in a broad rev band of 3,000 to 5,000 rpm. In combination with standard quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the A5 has blistering acceleration at all times. Within 6.1 seconds, the 3.2 FSI quattro with manual six-speed gearbox sprints from 0 to 60 mph. The top speed is limited to 130 mph.
Even when stationary, the Audi A5 makes a dynamic impression. The wide track, large wheels and short overhangs not only characterize its muscular appearance, they also form part of the formula that produces its peerless active driving feel. The A5 coupe defines the new standard in its class for precise steering response, outstanding directional stability and superb agility, while also offering first-class ride comfort.
Audi engineers have achieved this with a completely new design of running gear. The front wheels are located by a five-link suspension arrangement with upper and lower wishbones. The wishbones are mounted on a subframe, which is firmly bolted to the body to provide significant rigidity. Another completely reengineered component is the rack and pinion steering. It is located in front of the front axle close to the wheel center line and enhances the car’s very agile handling by its direct transmission of the steering forces.
The Audi A5 is nothing if not generous to its driver and passengers. That generosity begins with luxurious spaciousness that isn’t confined to the front row. The spacious rear seats make the A5 a full-size touring car. The loading width of more than three feet permits easy storage of large pieces of luggage, and even well-filled golf bags will fit sideways into the Audi A5 trunk. The rear seat folds in two separate sections, and it can be released conveniently from the trunk.
Extreme bodyshell rigidity, typical of an Audi, provides the basis both for the car’s crisp handling and its agreeable feeling of solidness and comfort. Engineers have successfully combined supreme sporty performance and agility with outstanding vibrational comfort. The A5’s lightweight body construction was achieved using the latest technologies, including metal plates with varying wall thicknesses, combined spot welded and bonded joints, and the use of aluminum, for example, in the front fenders.
The smooth surfaces of the additional underbody panel enhance the Audi A5’s inherently good aerodynamics. One small but typical example of the extensive high-precision work carried out in wind tunnel tests can be seen in the spoilers that are moulded into the sides of the tail lights.
Source: Audi press