De’Silva retired last November (replaced by former Porsche styling boss Michael Mauer) but not before he had, presumably, at least tacitly approved the design for the all-new Audi A5 coming for 2018. It reflects a not-fixing-what-ain’t-broke approach to styling, perhaps too much so, although it will ride on a new platform and use fresher drivetrain hardware.
The Audi A5 marked Audi’s return to the entry-level luxury market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80–based coupe model ended production in 1996. On May 10, 2006, Audi confirmed that the Audi A5 would go into production. The B6/B7 A4 spawned a convertible variant but not a coupe. For the fourth generation A4 (B8), Audi decided to spin off the cabriolet, along with a new coupe and five-door hatchback coupe, into a nameplate of its own as the Audi A5.
The New Audi A5 Specifications
The Audi A5 is a series of compact executive cars produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi since 2007. The Audi A5 range comprises the coupe, cabriolet, and “Sportback” (a five-door hatchback coupé featuring a fastback-like roofline with a steeply raked rear window with integrated trunk lid) version of the Audi A4 saloon and estate models.
Stylish and comfortable, the Audi A5 is available as a coupe, convertible, and sporty four-door. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard for exceptional performance in all conditions. The coupe and convertible use a 220-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual; an eight-speed automatic is optional. The Sportback sports a 2.0-liter turbo four making 252 horsepower with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Those seeking more muscle might consider migrating to the mighty S5 or bahn-burning RS5.
At this price, you’re nowhere near bespoke automotive tailoring. You’re still buying off the rack, but it’s designer-label garb. Opting for this outgoing model would mean settling for less power (the new Audi A5 will use the A4’s 252-hp 2.0-liter), an aging layout for the handsomely trimmed cabin, and no access to the latest advanced safety technologies. Most of the latter features won’t come standard even on the new car, though, and for those who are likely to skip that section of the options list, the 2016 model offers a lot of rewards both as a driving machine and a piece of rolling sculpture. We’d not argue with anyone who chose the BMW or Mercedes alternatives, but the A5 still strikes our eye as a pretty thing to consider.
Audi A5 Coupe Feature Details
|Ex-showroom Price||39.0 Lakh|
|Engine Displacement(cc)||1798 cc cc|
|Maximum Power||[email protected] 5000rmp|
|Maximum Torque||[email protected]|
|Engine Description||2.0L TFSI 252hp|
|No. of Cylinders||4|
|Drive Type||Transmission w/Driver|
|Gear box||7 Speed|
|Steering Gear Type||Rack-Pinion|
|No of Doors||2|
|Fuel Tank Capacity(gal)||16.1|
|Front Brake Type||Ventilated Disc|
|Rear Brake Type||Disc|
Coming to the sportback version of Audi A5, you can simply call it a Coupe with 4 doors. The styling is superior and performance is nowhere compromised. The powerful sportback is given an elegant yet strong powerful look. The car is a pleasure to be in, and looks out standing on road. The New Audi A5 is expected to launch in India till May, 2017. It will available at price Rs 39.0 Lakh.